Becoming a leader in an academic organization implies that a level of accomplishment has been achieved, and one is now entrusted with more responsibility. That responsibility often includes 1) adhering more closely to the organization’s mission, 2) additional oversight of finances, 3) strategic planning for a unit’s sustainability or growth, 4) meeting the needs of stakeholders (e.g., students), and 5) stewardship of the most precious gift – people in the unit who are doing the work. Often leaders find that they have the content knowledge, experience, and adaptability to succeed in areas 1-4, but there may be struggle in area 5. Good leadership requires paying strict and close attention to the people who are being served, as well as the people who are delivering the services, e.g., staff, faculty.
In this session we will discuss “leadership through an equity lens,” which filters through all five areas. We will discuss how embracing social justice and cultural humility connects to leadership models such as Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Transformational Leadership. Strategies and tools such as the 360-degree model, co-creation and the “Manager Mirror” will also be shared.
The goal for this session will be to provide participants with a view of leadership that goes beyond simply “leading a group,” with an increase in rank and acquisition of power. Participants will receive an expanded view of leadership that focuses on serving people in a way that does not diminish strength.
ABOUT the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Program
The APRU Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL) aims to drive change in gender equality while taking into account the various contexts in which this pursuit for gender equity takes place across APRU member universities.
Case studies presented by APRU member universities have shown the great work that is taking place to address challenges in gender equality. At the same time, we are hearing of a growing global backlash that investment in women’s education does not result in the increased contribution by women to the workforce.
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