Webinar on Transformative leadership-Role of Higher Education

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DrEducation, University World News and The MasterCard Foundation hosted a global online discussion (webinar) on the role of higher education in fostering transformative leadership. This global webinar moderated by Dr. Rahul Choudaha hosted experts and attracted over 1,100 registrations from around the world. How do we infuse transformative leadership into academic programmes and campus experiences? How do we measure and assess its impact on individuals, universities and societies? Are universities willing and ready to bring a positive and lasting change as the crucibles of fostering transformative leadership skills within students?

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Webinar on Transformative leadership-Role of Higher Education

  1. 1. @UniWorldNews @MasterCardFdn @DrEducationBlog Access Recording of the Webinar ( bit.ly/TLrecording )
  2. 2. Host UWN provides high-quality news and analysis on global higher education. UniversityWorldNews.com Lead Partner MCF focuses on advancing education and financial inclusion. MasterCardFdn.org Online Event Partner DrEducation offers research, insights, and consulting on global higher education. DrEducation.com
  3. 3. Scope of the discussion 3 Transformative Leadership Higher Education Social Change
  4. 4. What is transformative leadership?  Transformative leadership is about making or influencing positive change and addressing inequity  Transformative leaders see a problem and ask themselves ‘what can I do?’ to solve it.’  Top five competencies: effective communication, empathy, introspection, clear vision and integrity 4Source: Women’s Transformative Leadership In Africa, The MasterCard Foundation
  5. 5. Goals of leadership Transactional Leadership Transformational Leadership Transformative Leadership Agreement; mutual goal advancement Organizational change; effectiveness Deep & equitable change; social conditions 5Source: Shields, C. M. (2010) Transformative Leadership: Working for Equity in Diverse Contexts
  6. 6. Universities as crucibles of transformative leadership  Crucibles are the points at which leaders were forced to question who they were and what was important to them (Bennis & Thomas)  Crucible experiences can be thought of as a kind of superconcentrated form of leadership development (Thomas) 6
  7. 7. Poll#1  Agree or Disagree: “Universities are effective in developing future transformative leaders?”  Agree 47%  Strongly Agree 6%  Disagree 31%  Strongly Disagree 4%  Other/Don't know/Can't say 12% Responses are based on the live audience poll conducted during the webinar. 7
  8. 8. Dame Barbara Stocking President , Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge Previously Chief Executive, Oxfam GB 8 @MECCambridge @Cambridge_Uni  Campaigning alongside Constance from Uganda on Climate Change action in 2010. Transformational leaders have to believe and do what they say.
  9. 9. Fred Swaniker Founder African Leadership Academy African Leadership University Mauritius 9 @FredSwaniker @ALAcademy @ALU_education
  10. 10. Patrick Awuah Founder & President Ashesi University Ghana 10 @PatrickAwuahJr @Ashesi
  11. 11. Lucia Lebasha MasterCard Foundation Scholar EARTH University Founder, Save The Pastoralist Initiative Costa Rica 11 @LLebasha @EARTH_Uni @stpi_int
  12. 12. Poll#2 What is the biggest challenge for universities in developing future transformative leaders? (beyond funding)  Not an institutional priority 44%  Inertia to change 25%  Lack of curriculum models 20%  Lack of awareness 9%  Other/Don't know/Can't say 3% Responses are based on the live audience poll conducted during the webinar. 12
  13. 13. What are the key challenges in developing future transformative leaders? 13
  14. 14. What are the most promising practices of fostering transformative leadership? 14
  15. 15. What innovative partnerships have been successful in developing transformative leaders? 15
  16. 16. What are some of the examples of curricula and structured experiences? 16
  17. 17. How do we measure and assess the impact on individuals, universities and societies? 17
  18. 18. What is the one piece of advice you would give to a university planning to infuse transformative leadership in its curriculum? 18
  19. 19. Poll#3 What is the biggest opportunity for universities in developing future transformative leaders?  Reforming curriculum 42%  Building innovative partnerships 35%  Developing best practices 14%  Sharing success stories 7%  Other/Don't know/Can't say 2% Responses are based on the live audience poll conducted during the webinar. 19
  20. 20. Q&A: #GlobalEd2 @UniWorldNews @MasterCardFdn @DrEducationBlog Email: info@DrEducation.com
  21. 21. Additional questions from registrants  Are their core features of transformative leadership or does it look very different in different cultural and political contexts?  How can we move beyond the paradigm of the heroic, singular transformational leader to leadership as a collaborative practice?  What metrics and tools are available to assess how an individual is transformed, and the broader impact they are having on society?  Are there already curricula or structured experiences with transformative leadership programs?  Are there international differences in the capacity for transformative leadership of HEIs, and what do you think are the reasons?  Are university leaders still in control of setting their core mission?  Campus experiences (co-curricular, extra-curricular) have been useful for developing our students' leadership skills. How can we make academic programs also useful in that regard?  Higher education is hierarchical and resistant to change. How can a leader implement change?  Does the change start with the institution or with policy makers? Can change happen without policy changes?  How can higher education accommodate students who come from an educational system that does not teach critical thinking, creativity, or risk-taking?  How can we create a new breed of African Leaders from the Universities when leadership programs are not part of the African Universities curricula?  How do you lead transformation when you have limited resources (financial and human resource)?  In the era of 'post-truth' and 'alternative facts', what do universities need to do differently in order to have a stronger transformative influence beyond their own immediate community?  What is the best way to integrate the current gender dynamics, in Africa, to higher education discourses on transformative leadership?  Do university administrators and academics have to model the change we would like to see in our students and societies? 21
  22. 22. 22 Access recording of this webinar.
  23. 23. Access recording of this webinar.

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