As a leader you cannot control other people. You can discuss and coach but you cannot control - Dr Ann Rogerson
Dr. Ann Rogerson, Associate Professor is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business. Ann is a passionate educator, keen to engage students in the developing lifelong learning skills while connecting their learning experiences to theory and real world contexts and their future workplaces. Ann was therefore in her element on Saturday 21 September when she presented a masterclass on the subject of Leadership to the LIP.
The workshop was a condensed version of the Leadership subject of the MBA as this class can be converted to an MBA point by the cohort subject to successful completion of 2 follow up assignments, which Ann has kindly given the cohort until 30 November to complete.
After introducing herself, Ann asked the cohort to break into groups and introduce each other, and it was a great way to get to know each other even deeper level and observe the genuine connections and relationships the cohort have established in the first 12 months of the program.
Ann focused on emotional intelligence and self -awareness in leadership, and how this makes you the most authentic and natural you can be. It was stressed that if you can’t manage and understand yourself it will be difficult to understand other people, especially those you lead. If you know how you act and behave, it will help you understand how others do.
The Sustainable Development Goals were also touched upon in the workshop, as these are a focus at UOW, and are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.
Relatively recent leadership concepts such as CSR - corporate social responsibility and breakthrough mindset were also introduced and briefly discussed in what was a content heavy and fast paced session.
The LIP were fortunate to have the company of Graham Lancaster, Chair of the Illawarra Connection and therefore a Steering Committee member, and also mentor in the MentorMe program for the morning session. Graham was particularly helpful in assisting in some AV issues thanks to his breakthrough mindset and ability to think outside the square.
Done Martinovski from BlueScope kindly and professionally closed the day with a vote of thanks for Ann, who I think enjoyed the day almost as much as the cohort.
Blog posts written by the Leadership Illawarra Program Cohort.