People are widely recognized as being the currency for organizational performance in this period of relatively low unemployment and an ageing workforce. Skills are scarce and an organization’s ability to build its leadership capability quickly and in line with its strategic direction is critical to ongoing success. Educational policy is being rapidly translated into practice which places ever increasing demands on leaders in educational organizations and their ability to provide quality outcomes. Which leads to the question, what kind of activities enable leaders to develop their capability and work successfully in such a fast paced and often uncertain environment?
Drawing on a recent case study, this paper discusses an approach to addressing the development needs of a group of senior managers in the vocational education and training sector of a leading multi-sector Australian University. While this group of leaders has responsibility for substantial portfolios of education and training activity within their particular discipline, complex organizational structures along with the diversity of leadership and management roles within the institution have resulted in the need to develop a more focussed, situational response to building organizational and individual leadership capability. The paper explores factors that promote shared learning and support participants to operate successfully in diverse, uncertain and often resistive environments. It does this to seek out new meanings in the idea of leadership and the power and effectiveness of ‘monitored situational responses’ as development activities to enhance leadership and management capability.
|Keywords:||Vocational Education and Training, Coaching, Leadership, Professional Development, Development|
Manager VET Professional Development, Office of the Director Vocational Education and Training, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Associate Director Vocational Education and Training, Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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