Linda Bendikson, Director UACEL
As Director of UACEL, it is my privilege to lead a small, dedicated team involved in the development of leaders. We work in Australasia and the Pacific Islands and currently, in Norway and Denmark also.
Our work is exciting because, increasingly, we measure ourselves not by just our impact on leaders, but also by the impact those leaders have on their students. We have developed courses based on empirical evidence about behaviours that effective leaders use and we bring these to life with examples from the wide range of the schools and educational institutions we either research in or support leadership development in.
The opportunity we have had this year to take our work beyond Australasia has been particularly motivating. The problems that leaders in New Zealand and Australia face are very similar to those that leaders around the world grapple with – and we are finding that through our work in a wide range of contexts, we are gaining a strong feel for how to help leaders become more effective, in shorter amounts of time.
When you help people change their own behaviour, and it has immediate effects, it makes your job an absolute pleasure – and UniServices pay us to do it!