Leadership for effectiveness

Delivered by The University of Queensland, Leadership for Effectiveness is made up of two courses: Leading and Managing People and Inclusive Strategic Leadership, and a Thought Leadership piece.

Leading and Managing People and Inclusive Strategic Leadership

The first part of Leadership for Effectiveness is Leading and Managing People, which focuses on theories, models and practical frameworks for the effective and strategic leadership of teams. Run through our online learning platform, Leading and Managing People will be delivered through a mix of both self-directed and group-based learning over an 8-week period from 21 September to 14 November 2020.

The second part of Leadership for Effectiveness is Inclusive Strategic Leadership, which focuses on inclusive and strategic approaches to leadership and management in the Fisheries sector in the Pacific. Inclusive Strategic Leadership will also be run over an 8-week period at a later date to be advised.

Thought Leadership Piece

During Leadership for Effectiveness, small action learning groups work on the development of a Thought Leadership piece that will be presented at, and promulgated after the Capstone Workshop, which signals the completion of Leadership for Effectiveness component of PFLP. Groups will agree on an area of strategic significance that will influence policy and strategic direction for Pacific Fisheries. Negotiations with participants around key areas of focus for this task will begin in the introductory workshop.

Will I gain credit or certification for the PFLP program?

Yes! Both Leading and Managing People and Inclusive Strategic Leadership contain activities that can be counted for assessment. To be eligible to receive one or two course credits towards selected University of Queensland (UQ) Business School postgraduate programs, all items of assessment for each area of coursework must be satisfactorily completed.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment for Leading and Managing People is approximately 4-5 hours each week over an 8-week period. This will made up of an introductory online workshop (3 hours), a 3 hour online workshop every two weeks, and 3-4 hours each week on self-directed and group-based learning activities. Additional time will be required if you choose to complete the assessment for UQ course credit. The same time commitment will be required for Inclusive Strategic Leadership. A final half-day Capstone Workshop will complete the Leadership for Effectiveness component.


Leading and Managing People

Leading and coordinating groups and teams is an increasingly important capability in the modern organisation, regardless of the contexts in which you work. This course is focused on theories, models and practical frameworks for the effective and strategic leadership of teams. Activities and course discussions begin with a focus on the role of individual differences in group processes, and progress to a discussion of team dynamics and the interplay between individual and team factors within organisations.

The approach we take provides opportunities for you to actively reflect on your current practice and assist you to integrate and practically apply fresh insights to improve your leadership effectiveness. Participants will leave the course with an in-depth understanding and a range of tools and techniques to lead and develop a high performing team.

The course provides a comprehensive basis for leadership emphasising models and practical frameworks that you can integrate into your current role. The course allows you to actively reflect on your current practice and apply fresh insights to improve your skills for effective and strategic leadership of groups and teams.

This course is built to meet the needs of existing managers and senior leaders in the Fisheries industry in the Pacific region. The course assumes that participants have several years’ experience in these roles and currently have responsibility for leading and managing people in their respective organisations. This course is offered at a postgraduate level and assumes that participants have direct work experience in managing people and/or projects.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  • Engage with prominent theories and models about leading people in groups and teams
  • Apply that knowledge to the creation and ongoing leadership of teams
  • Examine critically your own behaviour as a leader of teams
  • Identify and evaluate strategies for developing high performance teams
  • Evaluate strategies for improving skills in people management and team leadership


Inclusive Strategic Leadership in the Pacific

This course focuses on inclusive and strategic approaches to leadership and management in the Fisheries sector in the Pacific. The course will draw on regional fisheries experts to facilitate conversations with participants about how best to link regional plans and national goals to their day-to-day work, as well as to integrate this thinking into their approach to leadership.

The course focuses upon 3 course learning themes. The first learning theme includes the core skills for strategic thinking and adaptive planning. Drawing on complexity theory, a mixture of conceptual and practical frameworks will be used to help participants strategically analyse the simple and complex problems and development challenges they face as public sector leaders in the fisheries sector. Traditional approaches to strategic planning and program management will be contrasted with more adaptive frameworks such as scenario planning and problem driven iterative adaptation.

The second learning theme will provide a platform for participants to consider how they incorporate regional and national frameworks into their leadership practice. The third learning theme will explore socially inclusive approaches across the policy and implementation cycle. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own leadership style and consider strategies for becoming more strategic and inclusive.

Participants will gain an understanding of how inclusion can be operationalised, new tools for developing strategic thinking and planning in complex environments, and the opportunity to take a problem-driven approach to leading and managing that ensures locally driven solutions for regional problems.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  • Engage with and apply theories and models for strategic thinking and planning.
  • Understand and apply adaptive approaches to leadership and program management.
  • Integrate key concepts and strategies from regional and national frameworks into leadership practice.
  • Understand the value and strategic benefit of taking an inclusive approach to policy formation and implementation, and development more generally.
  • Developing and articulating your Personal Leadership Vision.

About The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018 (37), the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (69).

The Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide.  The Business School leads the agenda in business learning, innovation and impactful research. Our mission is to create and empower courageous thinkers who empower future leaders to positively transform business and society. We embrace disruption in business, create sustainable global solutions and encourage efficient business outcomes. 

Our teaching staff are amongst the best in Australia. Five Business School academics have been awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Our research and consulting activities ensure that our teaching is at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying attuned to industry requirements.

International Development is one of the leading university development groups in the Asia-Pacific region. We provide development expertise and program management leadership to help build the capacity of people and organisations around the world to achieve their development goals.

We do this through client focussed, professionally managed activities that connect and apply the knowledge and expertise of The University of Queensland. Our work includes long-term development activities, customised short training programs and aid advisory services. Since 1994, International Development has successfully contributed to more than 500 projects across 80 countries.

With a depth of experience UQ offers a combination of development and leadership expertise in a uniquely tailored collaboration between the Business School and International Development which ensures high quality education applied to the Pacific leadership context.