Professor Sandra Jones from the School of Management was invited to present her paper on Distributed Leadership in a recent Bristol Leadership Centre seminar series.
University of the West of England recently hosted RMIT’s Professor Sandra Jones in a seminar series held at the Bristol Leadership Centre.
Jones presented a paper on the important contribution of distributed leadership to the growing need for responsible leadership. The importance of distributed leadership is assisting a mental model change from competition to collaboration for universities which was the main theme of the seminar presentations.
“As digital innovations expand traditional notions of power and control, more open approaches to leadership are needed. It’s all a matter of perspective and generational change,” Jones said.
“The millennium generation has been bought up in a digital world in which traditional notions of knowledge being horded as power, and individual leaders controlling issues is quickly dying.”
Jones concluded that what is needed are new approaches to leadership that enable us to encourage a new default mental model of collaboration and shared leadership and to live with complexity rather than seeking to control it.
Bristol Leadership Centre (BLC) exists to support the development of responsible and effective leadership practice and to advance knowledge in the field of leadership studies.
It aims to be recognised as one of the leading university-based leadership centres in the UK, with a particular reputation for high quality business engagement and research.
Through her close research association with the Director of the Centre, Professor Richard Bolden, Jones has forged strong links to the RMIT Centre for Business Education Research.
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