Our new series of Executive Leaders Masterclasses are designed to build and extend connections and capability of senior leaders across the University. The Executive Leaders Masterclasses focus on building confidence in critical areas of executive leadership, including influencing difficult people, inclusive leadership, exploring the dark side of leadership and why leaders derail, leading change, and creating a collegiate, innovative and high-performance culture.

Who is this program for?

The program is aimed at senior leaders across the University.

Program cost

There is no charge to participants. All places are fully funded by the University with Vice President (Corporate Services) as sponsor.

Why leaders derail: Exploring the dark side of leadership

Effective leaders provide a strategic advantage by maximising productivity and innovation through staff and client engagement. They are able to demonstrate values-based leadership, even in the face of frustration and failure. This masterclass examines the important role that 'dark side' characteristics can play in predisposing a leader (at any level of the organisation) to engage in ineffective leadership, and the impact of destructive leadership on others. Results of research investigating characteristics that predispose leaders to engage in, or to inhibit harmful behaviours are discussed. Our level of self-awareness, and our ability to self-regulate impulses and reactions, can influence whether our personal characteristics become our strengths or lead to derailment. Strategies to avoid pitfalls and maintain career resilience are shared. The following topics are explored:

  • the bright and dark side of leadership
  • overdoing our strengths
  • self-leadership: identifying and addressing blind spots
  • the authenticity paradox
  • courageous followership

Inclusive leadership

The benefits of inclusive leadership include the positive impact it can have on employee engagement, innovation, and creativity. In this masterclass, we will outline the best practice framework for developing inclusive leaders in an organization and share tips for avoiding common leadership pitfalls. Upon wrapping up this masterclass, you'll be equipped with practical strategies you can use to cultivate a more inclusive workforce. The following topics are explored:

  • The business case for inclusive leadership
  • Redefining leadership through the lens of inclusion
  • Innovation, creativity, and inclusion
  • Six key traits that inclusive leaders possess
  • Competencies of inclusive leaders
  • Best practices for inclusive organizations

Nomination process and offerings

All senior leaders across the University will be invited to participate in the upcoming Executive Leaders Masterclasses.

Why leaders derail: Exploring the dark side of leadership Dr Vicki Webster August, Friday 23 9.30 – 1.15         Nathan
Inclusive leadershipProfessor Ruth McPhail November, Tuesday 2610.00 – 1.00 Nathan

About the Facilitators

Dr Vicki Webster, Incisive Leaders

Vicki is an organisational psychologist and leadership specialist, who delivers interactive, informative presentations that communicate clear and unambiguous messages and challenge the status quo. She provides practical strategies to enhance effectiveness through embracing new mindsets and engaging in behavioural change. Vicki is a sessional senior lecturer in the Griffith Business School's Corporate Education Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. She is also founder and director of Incisive Leaders, where, as a leadership specialist, she encourages leaders to lead at their best, without overdoing their strengths and derailing their careers.

Professor Ruth McPhail, Head, Department of Employment Relations & Human Resources

Ruth McPhail is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources.  She is on the Board of ANZAM and is Standards Australia’s representative to ISO on the development of a standard for Diversity and Inclusion. In May 2018 Ruth was admitted as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy recognising her ongoing commitment and contribution of academics to student learning. Ruth is a nationally recognized educator receiving both an OLTC citation and University Teacher of the Year Award in 2015. She has wide experience in management consulting, human resource management and leadership, having trained management teams in Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the USA and India. Professor McPhail was previously a high school educator before becoming a Director of Human Resources in industry before joining Griffith University.  Her research interests include international human resource management, LGBT expatriates, LGBTI elders and aged care, student success, educating adults and first year preparation and transition.  Ruth holds a PhD from Griffith University and a Master and Bachelors of Education from the University of South Australia.

Feedback from previous participants

Great session. Loved the contrast between management & leadership. Felt empowered with some really helpful strategies. The networking aspect was also great.

Thank you so much for this excellent and truly worthwhile session.

Excellent course - well delivered.

Really liked how practical it was in terms of providing a lot of tools.

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