The RMIT Centre for Business Education Research together with Macquarie University have held a national summit on distributed leadership.
Funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) and supported by the LH Martin Institute, the summit was attended by representatives from 19 universities across Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Participants included academics, professional staff, students as well as a representative from the healthcare sector.
The event was designed according to distributed leadership principles.
This included the engagement of a range of experts who presented 11 case studies on the use of a distributed leadership approach to underpin change projects.
Participants engaged in a range of activities that enabled them to familiarise themselves with the resources (an enabling tool and a benchmark process) developed from an OLT funded project.
To emphasise the characteristic of distributed leadership as an umbrella concept covering formal and informal leaders and experts, participants were gifted with a specially designed ‘distributed leadership’ umbrella.
One participant said that the summit prompted reflection on their own practice, with the real-life case studies offering “a trigger for internal reflection”.
The event was organised by Professor Sandra Jones, Director, Centre for Business Education Research, RMIT, and Dr Marina Harvey, Learning and Teaching Unit, Macquarie University.
“The summit achieved its aim of developed leadership capacity across the sector by providing participants with knowledge and resources to continue to have ongoing impact as champions of this more inclusive approach to institutional leadership,” Professor Jones said.