Leadership & Influence Class Schedule
Wk 1: Course Introduction
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′.
No tutorial this week.
Wk 2: Leaders as learners and facilitators
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.
Introductory tutorial this week, with tutorial facilitation topics allocated.
Ben Duggan is an ANU Alum currently teaching at Melrose High School with the Teach for Australia program. He is the Founder of Raising Hope Education Foundation, an organisation that supports university students to volunteer in local schools. While at ANU Ben was Chairman of the ANU Union Board and Community Coordinator at Griffin Hall. Ben spent four years working full-time in federal politics as an Electorate Officer then Adviser to Dr Mike Kelly AM, former Member for Eden-Monaro. Last year Ben was selected by the U.S. Ambassador John Berry to participate in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program involving a three-week exchange to the U.S.. Ben has also served a Director on the Board Molonglo Financial Services, a public company that owns and manages the four Bendigo Community Bank branches in Canberra.
Erin Gillen is an ANU Alumni currently working as Senior Policy and Project Officer at the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA). Erin is also a member of Equality Rights Alliance’s (ERA) Young Women’s Advisory Group (YWAG), bringing a young woman’s voice to ERA’s national policy working, particularly with respect to sexual and reproductive rights. YWAG is currently working on a project to promote improved comprehensive sexuality and respectful relationships education in the national curriculum.
While at ANU, Erin was the 2013 Deputy ANU Women’s Officer and 2014 ANU Women’s Officer. She advocated for measures at the university to address sexual assault on campus and preventative education. Erin supported women who had experienced violence to navigate university bureaucratic structures to report that violence and access support services and other measures to assist them to continue their studies.
Graduating from ANU in 2015, Rebecca Watts wasted no time in relocating to Cambodia to work with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) on a solar energy project in rural Cambodia. Rebecca established the project in her undergraduate honours thesis at ANU for which she was awarded the top mark for Engineering Honours Thesis for 2015. At ANU, Rebecca was an active member of student life and her contribution to the wider ANU community through was recognised as she was awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year. She is currently managing the expansion of the solar energy project in Cambodia, which includes creating a tailored solar home system design and running an education programs in rural communities. She is working alongside engineers and professionals and local Cambodian partners on innovative, appropriate and sustainable projects including bio-digesters, rainwater tanks and floating latrines.
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.
Lt Gen David Morrison is a retired senior officer in the Australian Defence Force, serving as Chief of the Army between 2011 and 2015, and was named Australian of the Year in 2016. For more information about this honour, click this link.
David is also an alumnus of the ANU, studying Arts and Law, graduating in 1979.
Wk 3: Leadership and Gender
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.
Example tutorial led by your tutors.
Elizabeth Reid is a development practitioner, academic and feminist. She graduated with first class Honours in philosophy from the ANU and with a BPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University. She taught philosophy at the ANU before being appointed as an Adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Hon. E.G. Whitlam QC, in 1973, on matters relating to the welfare of women and children. Her development work since then has taken her to PNG, the Pacific, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Eastern Europe and the CIS States. She works in both English and French. Elizabeth has worked as a national and international public servant, with international and local NGOs and with faith-based organisations. She has held visiting fellowships as a reflective practitioner at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1976-77) and at the ANU at the Development Studies Centre (1979 and 1981), the Gender Relations Centre (2001-8), the Gender and Cultural Studies Program (2009-2011) and at SSGM (State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme) since 2009. Elizabeth is a Trustee of PNG Serendipity Educational Endowment Fund (SEEF) and was recently on the Board of Oxfam Australia.
Sue Webeck has been working in the community sector for her entire working life, having worked across areas include youth, arts, sexual health, sexual assault, gender, out of home care and now in the HIV sector. Sue has a particular passion for community sector governance based within an ethical leadership framework. Sue is a strong advocate for ethical bystander interventions to promote communities free from discrimination and violence in all its forms. Sue has been supporting the ANU student leadership groups over the past two or so years in their learning and development as ethical leaders, this is the work that Sue believes makes significant change possible in our communities.
Wk 4: The Business of Leadership: Learnings from the Corporate World
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?
Topic this week will be on Leadership in Gender.
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.
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 5: Leading teams
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.
This week’s tutorial will be on the topic of the Business of Leadership and will be student-run.
After this session, your tutor will assist you in separating into project groups and allocating a topic.
Professor Shirley Leitch is Dean and Professor of Communication in the College of Business and Economics at the ANU. Her previous senior roles include: Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of Swinburne University; Dean of Commerce at the University of Wollongong; and PVC Public Affairs at the University of Waikato. She was also founding chair of Online Education Services Ltd., a successful joint venture with ASX listed company, SEEK Ltd. Shirley has undertaken senior advisory roles for government and industry and contributed to numerous government reviews. She has over 100 peer reviewed papers to her name and has held more the $5m in National Competitive Grants. She is active on Twitter under the handle @ShirleyLeitch
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 6: ‘Our Greatest Moral Challenge’: Leadership in Tackling Climate Change
“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.
Student run tutorial this week, on the topic of Leading Teams. The tutor will go ask you to report your action plans for your group project.
My name is Vanessa Farrelly and I am a 19 year old Arrernte woman living in Canberra and studying at ANU. I have been involved in the environment and climate movements for 3 years and was the recipient of the ACT Conservation Council Young Environmentalist of the Year award for 2015. I am dedicated to fighting for climate justice, to protect my country and build a better future for my people. I am the ACT state coordinator for Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. I strongly believe in giving other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people a voice to speak out against the impacts climate change is already having on our communities, and the opportunity to lead the way to a society that is more fair and sustainable for everyone.”
I work in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. I work for the benefit of rural, regional and remote (RRR) Australia. I expose issues of importance to specific communities and relevance to state and national agendas.
My focus is to create networks across a wide range of commodity types and industry/community organisations to engage rural Australians in creating a future typified by productivity, vitality and sustainability.
I seek partnerships with banks, natural resource management agencies, state and local governments, training and agricultural consultants, regional economic and community development associations and the media. I collaborate with the not-for-profit sector and seek to expand diversity and to progress reconciliation.
I facilitate more and deeper interactions between people; mediate relationships across apparently entrenched industry-policy divides, across practical-theoretical borders, between urban and rural Australians, across disciplinary differences and at the intersection of competing interests. I seek multiple perspectives and build teams to work on wicked problems.
Wk 7: Indigenous perspectives on Leadership & Influence
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:
- What are the major issues Indigenous leaders in Australia have been focussing on?
- Are there distinctive Indigenous leadership styles/approaches?
This week’s tutorial will be student-run and on the topic of environment and climate change.
Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law.
Professor Dodson is also currently a Director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd – Legal & Anthropological Consultants. He is formerly the Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of New South Wales, Kensington.
Mick Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission. He served as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998.
Born in Katherine in the Northern Territory, Mick was educated in Katherine, Darwin and Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and an honorary Doctor of the University from the University of Canberra (YouTube video 1:37) in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to human rights, social justice and Indigenous affairs in Australia and around the world. Professor Mick Dodson highlighted the importance of having high expectations of Indigenous students when accepting an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra
I am of Tiwi/Iwaidja and Kaytej/Warlpiri descent [Northern Territory (NT), Australia] and Drehu descent (Lifou Island, New Caledonia). I am an ANU student studying through the Fenner School. When not in Canberra I work in remote communities of the NT with the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network (ARPNet). ARPNet founding members were tired of Indigenous peoples being the subjects of research, having non-Indigenous researchers come in and out, asking questions, collecting information and not providing feedback. In 2005 elders asked why cant Indigenous people do the research in their communities instead of outsiders coming in to do it. They said we are here, we can do it! So in 2007 ARPNet was formed.
I am a 26 year old Wiradjuri man, I moved from Sydney to Canberra in 2012 for a position in the federal Government. I have been working in Indigenous Affairs for the past 8 years, initially in on for profit organisations in South west Sydney transitioning young indigenous men from youth detention into full time work or study. I currently work in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as policy officer for the Community Development Programme. I study part time at the ANU with an interests in Politics and Indigenous studies. I have a keen interest in: developing support for local decision making, improving economic development and options for self representation.
Wk 8: Leadership and Influence in Politics
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.
Student-run tutorial on the topic of Indigenous Leadership.
Kim Christian Beazley, AC, is a Perth-born Australian diplomat and former politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 1995 to 1996. He subsequently served as the Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2006.
Beazley was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1980 to 2007. He was a minister in the governments of Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and was Keating’s Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1996. He then became the Leader of the Opposition and led the Labor Party through the federal elections in 1998 and 2001, both of which Labor lost. He returned to the leadership in 2005, but then retired from Parliament at the 2007 election having lost the leadership of the Labor Party to Kevin Rudd after a 2006 challenge.
Beazley was Ambassador of Australia to the United States from 2010 to 2016.
Wk 9: Being an Effective Agent of Change
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?
This week’s tutorial will be on Leadership and Influence in Politics and is student-run.
Benjamin Gill is the President of the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA). He is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering and Science, majoring in renewable energy systems and interdisciplinary studies. Prior to his commencement as President, Ben was the ANUSA Queer* Officer in 2014 and an intern at AECOM as part of the Buildings and Applied Research Sustainability group throughout 2013. Through his role as President, Ben seeks to effectively advocate for and represent undergraduate students, with a particular passion for mental health and wellbeing, non-residential students and the long term sustainability of the Association. Ben is heavily involved in the mental health sector and has been involved with the ACT headspace and Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre youth representative groups as well as the organising committee for ACT Mental Health Week. In addition, Ben has also worked to incorporate this passion into his degree through completing his engineering honours thesis on the design of smart phone applications as a tool to improve the efficiency of the youth mental health sector as well as an independent research project on the economic impacts of mental health conditions among staff at the ANU. Outside of ANUSA, Ben is also the incoming Curator for Global Shapers Canberra Hub which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and represents a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
Sam Cheah is an engineer, educator, and entrepreneur. During her university studies, she found work tutoring and mentoring younger students and volunteered for a range of groups – most notably Robogals, where she held (amongst other roles) the Chief Operations Officer position, overseeing the restructure and growth of Robogals globally for two years. Having spent more time that is perhaps wise volunteering during her degree, she graduated from the Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) with the Tillyard Prize at the end of 2015 and has managed to find (or create!) positions which reflect both her study and volunteer training interests. She now works as an engineer, an educational development officer at the ANU, and runs Engage: University Outreach, a not for profit she founded which enables university students to run hands-on workshops on university topics at regional schools.
Wk 10: Leadership in Development
Those working to end extreme poverty are faced with some of today’s most complex leadership challenges. This panel will explore the leadership lessons we can learn from the field of international development. From carefully diagnosing situations, working with existing local leadership frameworks and designing context-specific leadership interventions, to scaling up local successes, our panel will share their stories and experiences of people and communities all around the world showing extraordinary leadership in tough situations.
This week’s tutorial will be student-run and on the topic of being an effective agent of change.
At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will run a group accountability session as part of the group project assessment. For more details, check the course guide.
Beth Slatyer is a graduate of ANU. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne and works on health and development across the Pacific. She was previously a Senior Health Specialist with AusAID and through that work developed a deep appreciation of how good governance, public interest institutions and accountability underpin equitable and sustainable social and economic systems. Beth has been a keen observer of leadership in Australia and overseas over many years.
I am a human geographer working on the social and environmental dimensions of commodity networks, forests and agrarian change. My current ARC Future Fellowship explores these related themes in a region of rapid social and environmental change along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. I previously coordinated and taught into the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, and now have a smaller teaching contribution to this program. I have held teaching, research and professional advisory roles in a range of organisations. For the last 9 years, I have worked in mainland Southeast Asia, but my PhD research focused on India and I have prior experience in the Pacific.
Wk 11: New Frontiers: Leadership & Influence in Science
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.
This week’s tutorial will be on Leadership in Development 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.
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 12: Next Steps: Communicating Your Idea and Making It Happen
It’s almost time to publicly present your ideas for leadership interventions into the University system. For some final tips on communicating an inspiring vision and enlisting backers and supporters, we’ll hear from highly experienced journalists and presenters. Our speakers will speak in the first hour about what makes a good verbal and written brief. You’ll come away with a simple framework for logically structuring your written and verbal brief that will prove invaluable for next week’s presentation and beyond.
In the second hour you’ll get the chance to re-write your briefs based on the presentations.
Make sure that your group submits a draft of your pitch by Wednesday so Richard can pass on to to our speakers who will comment on some of them in the panel.
This week’s tutorial will be on the topic of Leadership and Influence in Science.
Robert Garran worked for many years as a policy advisor, speech writer and journalist. He is an expert in writing and delivering briefs. Robert was an advisor to the Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek. Previously he worked for 10 years as a senior public servant in the departments of Defence, Human Services, and Prime Minister and Cabinet, where his work included coaching public servants on effective communication. Before joining the public service Robert was a journalist for 20 years on the Australian, Financial Review and Age. He has written three books, on international affairs.
Wk 13: Group Presentations
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.
In this week’s tutorial, students will give their oral presentations.