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8 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

15 Jan 2019 | Advance HE Previous attendees from Advance HE’s Top Management Programme (TMP) offer their management and leadership advice.

Previous attendees from Advance HE’s Top Management Programme (TMP) offer their management and leadership advice. 

1. Keep your eyes to the horizon

instructs Professor Simon Guy, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University. There’s never been a more important time to keep abreast of global issues affecting higher education.

2. There is learning in every experience

adds Simon. He would pass this advice onto his younger self. 

3. You are your diary

says Professor James Crabbe, an emeritus profession of Biochemistry, a supernumerary fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University and honorary professor at Changchun University of Science and Technology, China. This tip was given to him as part of the ‘Leading Change and Organisational Renewal’ Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School he attended in 2012 after Advance HE’s Top Management Programme. Where you are and what you are doing is crucial to your staff – your PA is a key player in this.

4. Knowing is not doing

is advice James passes on from James Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank,  when considering how to facilitate culture change in an organisation. On a similar note, James adds: “culture eats strategy for breakfast”, a quote attributed to Peter Drucker. 

5. Appoint people better than yourself

is the guidance James would give his younger self. “I was fortunate in that early on I had some outstanding research students who then made great careers for themselves. I learned a lot from them. This advice applies equally to leadership and management appointments.”

6. Aim for a leadership legacy that’s impactful on the institution

Dr Jane Rand, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at York St John says the best objective is to create a significant legacy that is not easily undone. 

7. Be bolder, think bigger, be braver

adds Jane.

8. Don’t worry too much: just fake it until you make it

recommends Eric Neumayer, professor of environment and development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 


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