Human Resources

Developing Leadership Capabilities

The purpose of this theme is to provide a comprehensive set of tailored and integrated programmes and interventions that provide leadership and management support and skills development for all levels within the University.

Our ability to deliver on the Institutional Plan is wholly dependent on our staff. Their individual and collective contributions will be critical in achieving our objectives across all six priority areas.

The Story So Far

The University launched a revised version of the Heads Leadership & Management Programme in September 2010 and hosted a successful half-day event for newly promoted senior staff in December 2010.

Ongoing Developments

We are building on the success of the Academic Division’s Leadership pilot programme by conducting a year-long series of focus groups with participants from the first programme and have launched a cross-University Leadership Programme for Professional Services Managers that will continue throughout the year. A number of participants from the first pilot will also be directly involved in facilitating sessions and sharing knowledge during the 2011 University-wide pilot.

What’s in it for me?

If you are currently in a leadership role and have responsibility for managing a team or if you aspire to do so, the leadership programmes that are being developed will provide you with an opportunity to consolidate and develop your skills. By meeting others from across the University you will have the opportunity to share best practice, provoke discussion and provide opportunities for personal reflection whilst building a diverse network of support. Common programme elements such as the use of the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument will also provide a rich platform for greater self awareness and personal growth.

Some roles require unique skills or operate in a slightly different context and additional modular sessions and briefings to support you in your role will continue to be developed. Short sessions that focus on the understanding and sharing of best practice on specific topics have also been developed. Some of these include the Finance Resource Allocation Model and Student Planning Processes.

What are the benefits for the University?

Our institutional success depends on the quality of what our staff can deliver across every aspect of our organisation. Provision of the right learning and development leadership and management opportunities will equip staff with the confidence and the capabilities to confidently face a period of increasing complexity and ambiguity and will enable the University to draw fully on its most important asset – its people.

For further information please contact: Cindy Vallance/Anne Rushworth


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Last Updated: 16/01/2013