Academic Leadership in Teaching and Learning

What capabilities and qualities are required for leadership? This interactive course will challenge your concept of what leadership is, and explore how you can manage yourself better in difficult/challenging situations.

  • This program will enable you to:
    • identify your current leadership strengths
    • develop a more systematic, purposeful and mindful approach to developing your leadership skills and qualities.
  • The modules focus on:
    • your skills in self-leadership – fundamental for handling yourself well in challenging situations and for staying aligned to your values and purpose
    • how to influence others in the service of collective goals – and particularly skills for successfully navigating challenging conversations.


Academic Leadership Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of our facilitators is no longer available to run their sessions. As a result, we now have diminished capacity to deliver the program online to a larger combined group while still meeting the objectives of the program. Therefore, we have made the decision to convert to face-to-face delivery on campus (Chancelry Building 10T1, Seminar room). We hope you can take a break from Zoom to meet in person for a change!

The Tuesday session was more popular so now only one face-to-face session will run every Tuesday at 12:00 – 2:00 pm, from 29 September to 17 November, with Dr Linda Hort.

Please note that the decision to revert to face-to-face delivery was carefully made in consultations with other colleagues to ensure that we can fully comply with on-campus COVID regulations. Your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We acknowledge that the time and delivery mode may not be ideal for everyone. If you are unable to attend this time round but wish to be contacted for future sessions, please email the Staff Education Team – As soon as future sessions become available, you will be notified.


Session times

  • Tue 12:00-2:00pm with Dr Linda Hort

Please complete the registration form to secure your spot.



  • AL1 – Models and Theories of Leadership (29 Sep, 2020)
    • The functions and purposes of leadership, outlining alternative models of leadership.
  • AL2 – A Mindful Approach to Leadership Development (6 Oct, 2020)
    • Discussions focus on the leader as learner, and how to incorporate a mindful approach to leadership development.
  • AL3 – Putting First Things First in Leadership and Life (13 Oct, 2020)
    • Understand how and why we sometimes act out of alignment with our values, goals and plans.
  • AL4 – Managing Your Mindset and Emotions (20 Oct, 2020)
    • Reviews your habitual ways of managing, coaching and leading yourself and which self-management practices undermine performance.
  • AL5 – Understanding the People You Wish to Influence (27 Oct, 2020)
    • Examines the assumptions we make about people and ‘what makes them tick’, which shapes our understanding of others.
  • AL6 – Preparing for a Difficult Conversation (3 Nov, 2020)
    • Explores how restrictive mindsets and self-coaching undermine our capacity for being at our best in challenging situations, which may trigger habitual default responses.
  • AL7 – Persuading People to Change (10 Nov, 2020)
    • Looks at ways of influencing people through constructive feedback, and by connecting with and evoking feelings – winning hearts as well as minds.
  • AL8 – Responding Constructively to Resistance and Conflict (17 Nov, 2020)
    • Becoming a conflict competent leader by understanding the reasons for avoidance, resistance or defensiveness.


Who can register? 

We welcome all ANU staff as participants.

Academic staff with leadership roles (or aspirations to such roles) will be given priority, but professional staff in educationally-focused areas, and sessional teaching academics may also register and will be offered places if available.


Confirmation of registration

Please note all dates in your calendar. At least one week before the modules are scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email, or be advised of waitlisting.

The event is finished.


Tue 29 Sep, 2020


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

More Info

Chancelry Building 10T1


Chancelry Building 10T1
Seminar Room


Staff Education, CLT


  • Dr Linda Hort
    Emeritus Fellow

    After completing her PhD in psychology in 1982 at ANU, Linda worked as a discipline based teaching and research academic until 2020. This included a period as the Head of the School of Marketing and Management, and as Deputy Dean, Teaching, Learning and Equity, both in the Faculty of Commerce at Griffith University in Queensland.
    Returning to the ANU in 2001, Linda headed the ANU’s centre for teaching and learning, and in 2008 moved to the position of General Manager of ANU College, the ANU’s wholly owned international student pathway College. Linda retired from ANU in 2014, but took the position as General Manager of University of Canberra College before retiring again in 2015.
    Linda is now an Emeritus Fellow of the ANU, and works in a consultancy capacity as the Practice Lead in the social enterprise Research Coaching Australia.

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