Leadership & Influence Class Schedule

Wk 1: Course Introduction

Panel Overview

In the first week there are no tutorials or workshops, but please make sure you come to the Thursday panel (5-7pm) as it will provide a key introduction to the whole course.

Leadership is one of the most talked about and most misunderstood areas of social life.  We cry out for it, expect others to do it, get drawn to it ourselves yet have highly contested views about what leadership actually is. This session describes why looking at leadership more analytically as well as learning from leaders of many different walks of life is important in developing a greater understanding one’s own leadership values, and beliefs. In fact a failure to develop leaders who understand their guiding values and beliefs has been argued to be at the heart of the current leadership challenges we face in society, business, development and building stronger communities. This session will explore what it means to exercise leadership by starting to become aware of our own expectations, responses and reactions to authority, and be introduced to the theory of adaptive leadership and how to know when its called for.

Geoff Mortimore will then run an invaluable session on ‘how to facilitate’ and on ‘team work’.  Please review Geoff’s handbook prior to the panel which is on the first page of Wattle – ‘Course Material for Week 1′.

Tutorial description

No tutorial this week.

Speakers

Giles Hirst

Richard Baker

Jonathan Tjandra

Wk 2: What can you do for ANU students?

Panel Overview

Leadership involves making interventions in a system (such as a group, organisation, institution, social circle, company, community, society) to help it make progress. How do you effectively diagnose what kind of challenge the system is facing, devise interventions that will help the group move forward, and lead a process of change and transformation? We will hear from current ANU student leaders and some recent ANU graduates on their thoughts of being  effective agent of change. We’ll hear about some of the challenges they have tackled, and the strategies and approaches they utilise as leaders.

Tutorial description

Introductory tutorial this week, with tutorial facilitation topics allocated.

Speakers

Josh Creaser
350.org

Josh Creaser is 350.org Australia’s Frontline Projects Coordinator and works on national campaigns aiming to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry and support a rapid and fair transition to a fossil free energy system. He studied environmental science and human ecology at the ANU and whilst there discovered the world of campaigning and activism. Josh spends his time travelling to frontline communities, developing campaign strategies, encouraging collaboration between organisations and supporting 350’s many volunteers.

In 2016 Josh is a Vice-President of the ACT Conservation Council.

Alyssa Shaw
PARSA President 2017

Resources

 

Wk 3: Creating successful teams

Panel Overview

Leading and teams… it’s not always as it appears. This is a highly interactive session where you will learn about working effectively within teams, how they work, how you work in them and will greatly assist you in your group project. We will have a two guests who will come along and share their insights about leading teams.

Tutorial description

This week’s tutorial will be tutor-run and will focus on choosing a group project topic.

Speaker

John Fox
Water Polo Coach

John represented Australia in water polo 365 times which included the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also played in 4 world championships including 1998 as captain of the team where Australia finished 4th, remaining Australia men’s highest finishing position in a world championship. After retiring as a player, John began his professional coaching career with the Australian junior (20/under) world championships team based at the AIS and then went on to become the Australian national water polo head coach in 2007 leading Australia into the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.  John is a former Surf Lifesaving Australian Champion and a four time winner of the Lorne Pier to Pub, the world’s largest annual open water swimming race.  To give back to the community, John is the President of ACT Water Polo and has been a member of the Vikings Water Polo Club for over 30 years where he mentors and coaches future athletes.

Wk 4: Managing diversity – gender

Panel Overview

Celebrating International Women’s Week, this panel examines the question of gender equity in the workplace and society more broadly. We cover some of the complex and challenging issues women face in business and the workplace such as pay parity, board diversity and expectations around women and leadership. This discussion will cover solutions such as affirmative action, quotas and building not just gender equity but also diversity more broadly as a source of community vibrancy and competitive advantage for organizations.

Tutorial description

Student-led tutorial on creating successful teams.

Speaker

Sue Webeck

 

 

Wk 5: Politics – values and beliefs

Panel Overview

Politics is the place many of us go to “make a difference”, whether it be joining a political party, getting elected to a representative position, joining an NGO or mobilising our friends in a grassroots movement to create change.

What kind of leadership and influence can we exercise on our political system? How has the capacity of ordinary people to shape political change evolved over time with the rise of online organising, the 24-hour news cycle and a new generation of politicized young people? We’ll hear some hard-won lessons in leadership and influence from our soon to be announced panel members.

Tutorial description

Student-run tutorial on the topic of Gender in Leadership.

Speakers

John Hewson

Jamila Rizvi

Wk 6: Corporate leadership

Panel Overview

It is often said that companies are more responsive to their customers than politicians are to their constituents. Does this mean CEOs are our best leadership role models? This panel will explore the leadership lessons of people who’ve successfully exercised leadership and influence in the business world. We’ll also ask what meaningful leadership means in the corporate space: is it about more than just making money?

Tutorial description

Student- run topic this week will be on Leadership in Politics.

Speakers

David Trebeck
Chairman of Penrice Soda Holdings, Director Graincorp Ltd

David Trebeck has been a non executive director of ASX listed companies from 1997 until last December when he retired from GrainCorp after 13 years. His other ASX company directorships were PrimeAg, Penrice, Pipers Brook Vineyard, Incitec Pivot and Incitec. He was a Commissioner of the National Water Commission (2005-08) and director of the local subsidiary of the world’s largest shipping company, AP Møller Maersk (2004-12). Currently, he is chairman of recent start-up, Australia’s Oyster Coast and sits on the Corkhill Family advisory board in Canberra.

In the not for profit space he is a board member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and chairs the ACT Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was a member of the finance and audit committee of Brumbies Rugby for 5 years, and served on the board and fundraising committee of Canberra Grammar School for several years.

In 1983, he co-founded (and was later CEO of) the economic, policy and strategy consultancy, ACIL Consulting (now ACIL Allen), from which he retired in 2004. Earlier, he held senior positions with the National Farmers Federation and its predecessors.

David has an honours degree in agricultural science, a masters degree in economics and is a Churchill Fellow.

Nipuni Wijewickrema
2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year

A young woman trying to change the world “one flower at a time”, Nipuni Wijewickrema runs a floristry business designed to create employment opportunities for people with special needs. Nipuni, as she is affectionately known, first established GG’s Florist with her family to ensure her 16 year old younger sister Gayana would have fulfilling work after graduating from high school. Gayana, who has was born with Down syndrome, is now famous around Canberra for her floral deliveries that always come with a big hug. From a backyard garden shed, Nipuni has shown other local organisations how to create safe working environments for people with disabilities. Nipuni is a volunteer counsellor with Lifeline Canberra and contributes regularly to community initiatives, assisting many young people through her work with the ACT Youth Advisory Council. Passionate, dedicated, driven and incredibly sleep deprived, Nipuni has developed a socially sustainable business model which is changing the way Canberrans think about inclusion. Nipuni is the 2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year.

Wk 7: VC Test Pitch

Panel Overview

In this week students deliver a dry-run and test presentation to Pro Vice-Chancellor Richard Baker. This provides the opportunity to receive feedback, enhance presentations and refine key issues for the final presentation to the Vice-Chancellor.

Speakers

Richard Baker
Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience), ANU

Wk 8: Change and Influence

Panel Overview

The purpose of leadership is always and unashamedly about the creation and maintenance of a better world.  This requires leaders to be an effective agent of change.  Change agents do not come in one package and are from very different walks of life, influencing change through many different mechanisms of social, community engagement, social media, influence groups and organizations. Our panel of prominent leaders will share with you their experiences in bringing about change in often very challenging circumstances.  Did they have to operate differently in different contexts?  What authority did they need to enact over leadership – what do they see as the difference? What would they do differently or have they done differently as a result of their leadership experiences in being an effective agent of change?

Tutorial description

This week’s tutorial will be slight different. You will have the opportunity to test your pitch for your group project with Richard Baker, PVC-UE.

Speaker

Virginia Haussegger

Wk 9: Science

Panel Overview

Science as a discipline is under attack. Many scientists have been thrust into the media spotlight in a way very few have been trained to deal with. How do scientists exercise leadership when they are pushed out of their comfort zone – research – and into national and international policy debates? What kind of leadership skills do scientists need to ensure success?  Our distinguished speakers today will explore the role of science in contemporary society. 

Before the panel make sure you look at this very short video and have a think about what leadership needs to be shown to defend science and scientists. Both have been under attack in recent years.  What are the implications of this and what should scientists and others be doing about it.

Have a think about whether there are other broader factors at play on why science is so under attack?  As part of this it is worth taking a longer term perspective and think about whether the intellectual freedoms of the Enlightment (eg the scope for individuals to think about the world around them beyond dogma) are being challenged.  In this context it is worth considering Immanuel Kant’s famous 1784 description of the Enlightenment simply as freedom to use one’s own intelligence.

Tutorial description

This week’s tutorial will be on Leadership in Climate Change and the Environment, and is student-run.

At the end of this session, there will be a formal project review. In your groups you will be required to give an update of your problem and proposed solution. Please refer to the course guide for more information.

Speaker

Professor Ian Chubb (Bio)
Chief Scientist of Australia

Resources

Formal progress review

In your project groups, you will be required to give an update of your problem and proposed solution.

Please refer to the course guide for more information.

Wk 10: Indigenous Leadership

Panel Overview

Leadership has meant different things throughout history and across cultures. This panel will explore whether today’s mainstream notions of “leadership” ignore the vital perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We’ll look at whether there are distinctive leadership approaches within these communities.

Our speakers will talk about the vital role of elders in Aboriginal culture, and what this kind of leadership provides for Aboriginal families and communities. We will also explore where today’s Indigenous leaders are focusing their time and effort, covering issues desperately requiring national leadership such as constitutional recognition, deaths in custody, and ongoing battles for justice and sovereignty.

Suggested issues to explore in your tutorials are:

  1. What are the major issues Indigenous leaders in Australia have been focussing on?
  2. Are there distinctive Indigenous leadership styles/approaches?

Tutorial description

This week’s tutorial will be student-run and on the topic of science.

Speakers

Wk 11: Leadership in climate change

Panel Overview

“Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled,” said Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. So what happens when those in positions of authority fail to act in the best interests of the citizens they are supposed to be protecting?

Climate change threatens our food security, health, infrastructure and way of life – yet the responses so far have not come close to what scientists say is required. This panel will explore what kind of leadership interventions are being made in our economy, society and politics to attempt to deal with climate change.

Tutorial description

Student run tutorial this week, on the topic of Indigenous Leadership.

Speakers

Richard Denniss More)
Executive Director, The Australia Institute

An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

Prior to taking up his current position Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and held teaching and research jobs at Australian universities.

He is known for his ability to translate economics issues into everyday language. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

Anna Rose

Wk 12: Presentation to the Vice-Chancellor

Panel Overview

In this final 2 hour session we will hear the best individual presentation again from each tutorial group plus each group will give its “pitch” to the Vice-Chancellor on their idea to enhance the student experience at ANU. The Vice-Chancellor will award his prize for the best individual presentations from each tutorial.

Tutorial description

In this week’s tutorial, students will give their oral presentations.

Speaker

Professor Brian Schmidt
ANU Vice-Chancellor

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