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The Future of Leadership

In a globalised world of rapid change and diversifying forms of working and being together, this module will explore the skills, perspectives, and practices that will enable you to become an effective and confident leader.

The Future of Leadership: Disruption, Globalisation and Thinking like a Futurist

Free of Charge

for eligible students from ATN member universities.

Optimal Module

for those in the second half of their PhD studies.

Suitable For

all Higher Degree by Research students of all disciplines.

Good leadership is vital for organisations and communities to successfully navigate the globalised world of today and the increasingly complex world of tomorrow.

This module considers an array of practices and mindsets to enable leaders to thrive both now and into the future. You will conceptualise your own leadership values and purpose, then undertake steps towards practical application.

Topic 1: The Challenges Ahead for Leadership
Leaders of today and tomorrow face an increasingly complex world. This topic explores key emerging features of our world so that leaders can strategically consider and plan around the aspects that will impact those around them.

Topic 2: Strategy, Futurecasting and Research
A significant amount of a leader’s work relates to preparing those around them for the future. In this topic, we consider concrete practices that leaders can employ to proactively do this. We also consider the role of research in these strategic considerations, reflecting on the role of your own research in this context.

Topic 3: Leadership and You
Good leadership is enabled when you’re grounded in what it means to be a leader, and what you regard as your own leadership cornerstones. In this topic, we focus on your own specific understandings of leadership – including missions and metaphors that guide your individual leadership practice.

Learning hours: Total of approximately 8-10 hours of learning across 4 weeks. Your learning will consist of approx. 8 hours of asynchronous online learning within the OpenLearning platform + 2 hours of synchronous learning in a live online facilitated workshop with content experts (dates and times in the 2024 Delivery Dates section below).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect on how the challenges posed by the complexities of the contemporary and future world
  • Employ strategies to forecast futures and lead responses to them
  • Anchor your leadership practice in fundamental leadership objectives and values
  • Develop skills and perspectives that will enable you to conceptualise your own approach to leadership

2024 Delivery Dates

5 February – 1 March

Online Workshops
23 February 2024 (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm AEDT)

15 April – 10 May

Online Workshops
3 May 2024 (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm AEST)

15 July – 9 August

Online Workshops
2 August 2024 (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm AEST)

14 October – 8 November

Online Workshops
1 November 2024 (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm AEDT)