This event was the launch of the Aspiring Leaders Network. We were pleased that our guest speaker, Professor Patrick Duignan, accepted our invitation to launch this important new initiative. Professor Duignan is a leading academic in Educational Leadership, a prolific author, journal writer and presenter. He spoke on the topic Leading with Influence: The Power of Presence, Positive Relationships and Collective Responsibility.
Over the course of the address, Professor Duignan explored the concepts and practices of leadership. His aim was to demystify leadership. His point was that "successful leadership is not rocket science". He went on to examine, reflect on and analyse the core facets of leadership (incuding authenticity, presence, positive relationships, influence, collective responsibility) and suggested that leadership is, essentially, an influence relationship inspired and sustained by core values and moral purpose. He purported that leaders are more influential when they engage with others in collective, positive, and purposeful plans and practices. Professor Duignan concluded by helping those present to explore some of the practical implications for educational leaders.
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan
BA, H.Dip Ed (NUI); B.Ed, M.Ed Admin, PhD (Alta), FACE, FACEL
International Speaker and Consultant
Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan is passionate about leadership and is a highly sought after international speaker and consultant on leadership in not-for-profit organisations. During his career Patrick was a teacher, deputy principal, principal, lecturer, professor and dean in tertiary institutions in Canada, Australia and Brunei.
Patrick has inspired leaders through presentations and workshops in government and non-government education systems and schools across Australia as well as in New Zealand, Scotland, England, Hong Kong, South Africa, Canada, Bhutan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
He is widely published in national and international refereed publications and is author of Educational Leadership - Key Challenges and Ethical Tensions (2006) Cambridge University Press; Educational Leadership: Together Creating Ethical Learning Environments (2012) Cambridge University Press; co-author of The Power of Many: Building Sustainable Collective Leadership in Schools (2011); Dancing on a Shifting Carpet: Reinventing Traditional Schooling for the 21st Century (2010); co-editor of Leading Australia’s Schools (2008); and he recorded a 3 DVD set that provides a number of cutting-edge ideas on leadership in school systems and schools to assist in professional learning of educational leaders, including teachers.