The Future of Leadership – Disruption, Globalisation and Thinking like a Futurist

In a globalised world of increasingly rapid change and diversifying forms of working and being together, this module will explore the skills, perspectives, and practices that will enable participants to become effective and confident future leaders. 

The importance of good leadership is increasing recognised as vital for organisations and communities to successfully navigate the globalised world of today and the increasingly complex world of tomorrow. The Future of Leadership module considers the key features of our future world that leaders will have to confront. Leaders, however, not only need to navigate the future; a key aspect of the work of leadership is to prepare the organisations and those around them for that future so that they may survive and thrive. This module considers an array of practices and mindsets that will enable leaders to do this. These leadership capabilities are in turn cultivated by thoughtful reflections relating to how participants can conceptualise their own leadership values and purpose, and how they can, as leaders, undertake steps to become part of the bigger picture of which they and those around them are a part.

Module Themes:

Topic 1: The Challenges Ahead for Leadership

Leaders of today and tomorrow will face an increasingly complex world. This topic explores key emerging features of our world so that leaders can strategically consider and plan around the aspects that will impact those around them.

Topic 2: Strategy, Futurecasting and Research

A significant amount of a leader’s work relates to preparing those around them for the future. In this topic we consider concrete practices that leaders can employ to proactively do this. We also consider the role of research in these strategic considerations and reflect on the role of participants’ research in this.

Topic 3: Leadership and You

Good leadership is enabled when people are clearly grounded in what it means to be a leader, and what they regard as their own leadership cornerstones. In this topic, we focus on our own specific understandings of leadership, including missions and metaphors that guide our leadership practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

  • Reflect on how the challenges posed by the complexities of the contemporary and future world
  • Employ strategies to forecast futures and lead responses to them
  • Anchor your leadership practice in fundamental leadership objectives and values
  • Develop skills and perspectives that will enable you to conceptualise your own approach to leadership

Who Should Enrol?

ATN Frontiers is free of charge to eligible students from ATN member universities.

This module is suitable for all Higher Degree by Research students of all disciplines.

2023 Delivery Dates

4-week period Live online workshop
Quarter 1 6 February – 3 March Friday 24 February (12:30pm – 2:30pm AEDT)
Quarter 2 10 April – 5 May Friday 28 April (12:30pm – 2:30pm AEST)
Quarter 3 24 July – 18 August Friday 18 August (12:30pm – 2:30pm AEST)
Quarter 4 2 October – 27 October Friday 20 October (12:30pm – 2:30pm AEDT)