Prof Sandra Jones, RMIT, has published a HERDSA Guide: Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education.

15th September 2017

News in higher education

Prof Sandra Jones, RMIT, has published a HERDSA Guide: Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education. In launching the HERDSA Guide,  Sandra spoke of her longstanding interest in shared leadership: “I am quite excited at its release as it gave me a chance to bring theory and our local empirical research together, with a set of resources for all”.
This HERDSA Guide advocates a particular form of activity-based/practice-based leadership known as distributed leadership, which incorporates what are termed three new ‘Rs’ for leadership.
• Respect for the expertise contributed by all employees
• Recognition (and development) of the contribution of each employee
• Reward for leadership performance undertaken to achieve change.

The focus of the HERDSA Guide is upon future leadership possibilities that focus on the need for formal leaders to be active facilitators for the future – to support, encourage, facilitate, guide, mentor, and recognise the leadership contribution of the many experts who comprise higher education institutions.
In linking research into the theory and practice of a distributed leadership, the HERDSA Guide presents examples of the experience of a distributed leadership approach in Australian higher education institutions.
Sandra identified the ALTFellows as an important example of distributed leadership, and offered to host a future discussion/webinar or meeting of ALTFellows to explore the use of the resources in the Guide.
The HERDSA guide is available in hard copy and can be purchased online from HERDSA, see http://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/guides/leading-academy-distributed-leadership-higher-education.
Website: http://www.distributedleadership.com.au.
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