Leadership comes in many forms and everyone's leadership journey is different.
In the articles below participants of some of our development programmes, from both academic and professional services roles, share their stories, thoughts and reflections as part of their leadership journey. We hope you find inspiration to progress your professional development and practice.
We also highlight a range of leadership and management resources which we hope you find useful in developing yourself and your teams.
Re-discovering my worth
Kelechi Dibie from Newcastle University shares her experience of Advance HE’s Diversifying Leadership Programme. Kelechi describes how before taking part she had a scepticism of leadership programmes, however on completing the programme she was refreshed with positive energy. Read Kelechi's story >
My Journey to a Leadership Role
Michelle Breen, Head of Information Services at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, shares her journey to a leadership role through promotion having completed Advance HE’s Transition to Leadership programme. Read Michelle's story >
5 ways to make your leadership more creative
Creativity is at the heart of academia and at the heart of leadership. Far from being a ‘fluffy’ soft skill, creativity is what separates leadership from management. Creativity enables us to think differently, communicate expressively and overcome complex challenges. Creative practices engage our head and our heart and bring greater meaning to our work.
Kate Tapper, Senior Academic Leadership Programme Co-Director, shares five ways in which you may be more creative than you think.
How I lost ‘associate’ from my title
Jason Knight, Dean of Academic Development at the British & Irish Modern Music Institute, outlines the key skills and learning he valued on the Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching programme. Read Jason's story >
How the Leading Departments Programme was Career Changing
Dr Lisa Brodie, Head of Department, Engineering Design and Mathematics at the University of the West of England recently took part in the Leading Departments programme. In this interview, she explains why she took part and the impact it has had on her career. Read Lisa's story >
Aurora is Advance HE`s leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.
Creating collaborative environments
Doug Parkin, Principal Adviser for Leadership and Management, argues that creative leadership is fundamentally about that part of leadership that speaks to collaborative engagement, collaborating with others, where you want engagement to be high, when you want purpose to be shared and when you want commitment to be strong. Doug Parkin and Kate Tapper will be leading Advance HE’s new Senior Academic Leadership Programme. In this short video, they discuss why they have centred the programme around creative leadership.
Leadership and Management Resources
Browse our wide range of leadership and management resources covering areas including, Culture, Change and Organisational Development, Understanding Leadership and Developing Leaders.
Connect Event Series
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Facing the Future - Doing leadership – with humanity, from the middle out
Venue: Online event
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Global Perspectives - Igniting a spark: Creativity in higher education
Venue: Online event