Redefining the launch pad for leadership: dismantling barriers and increasing cooperation

Kairuz, Therese (2016) Redefining the launch pad for leadership: dismantling barriers and increasing cooperation. In: [Presented at the 2016 Australian Higher Education Summit]. From: 2016 Australian Higher Education Summit: leadership, technology, research and partnership futures for tertiary institutions, 14-15 July 2016, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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'Learning' is the core business of higher education. Learning is required for self-development and for the development, and leadership, of others. We learn when we are challenged, although findings from neuroscience prove that unhealthy stress promotes activity in the limbic system of the brain and cognitive thinking, essential for learning, becomes impaired.

Systems in Australian Higher Education were designed primarily by men who comprise 80% of senior leadership positions. Many processes are highly competitive, stimulating the release of adrenaline, testosterone and cortisol in men and women. Although short-term stress may enhance performance, long-term stress has consequences, including a negative impact on learning. The consequences affect not only the individual but all those who are influenced by that individual.

Physiologically, women are more collaborative than men. This presentation will link findings from physiology, neuroscience, education, and leadership theories, to argue that we require new, collaborative approaches to lead Higher Education.

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Keywords: learning; leadership
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