2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference
Creating Organisational Integrity Through Personal Leadership
Alison Feldman - University of Southern Queensland
Since their early inception, universities have undergone great transformation in response to changes in the political, social, economic and cultural arenas. The challenges of today's diverse, transnational, market-driven, 'corporatised' environment have brought about calls for another round of transformation. What is becoming clear is that the change approaches of the past do not neatly align with today's challenges. The lessons of the past, which focused on changing hierarchical approaches, individualism, competitiveness, materialism, and economic imperatives do not offer solutions to today's call for integrity, ethics and moral organizational character. Such a transformative approach requires change that goes to the core of the organisation: it requires personal transformation of all who are part of the organisation. This paper investigates how Robert Greenleaf's Servant-Leadership approach can be used as a means of equipping individuals to become change agents in transforming the culture and structure of today's organisations. It will be shown that this values-based leadership approach holds the potential to impact on higher education institutions in deeply powerful ways.
Keywords: institutional leadership, personal leadership, university integrity, values