As a postgraduate student at the University of Queensland, Glenn undertook a research thesis on inspiration and leading to inspire others. His thesis was rewritten as a journal article. The research was considered refreshing and insightful. As a result, it was published in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal 2011.
To discover practical strategies about leading to inspire others, you can:
Educational Leadership Research
Glenn partnered with the Australian Primary Principals Association to extend his initial research and investigate inspiring leadership in education. There is no doubt literature on leadership implores effective leaders to be inspirational. The paradox, however, is principals and other school leaders indicate that finding the time and the energy to inspire others in the frenetic pace of day-to-day school operations can be difficult.
For practical insights, you can find out more:
- at the InspHIGHER blog
- from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Clearinghouse
- in the articles written for educational leadership publications.
A Quick Overview
The research involved selecting and interviewing seven inspiring leaders. Inspiring leaders were selected by people, who knew the leaders and nominated them because they exhibited outstanding leadership characteristics. Through his research, Glenn determined the key characteristics of leading to inspire were:
- somewhat unconventional.
Participants came from various industries including community welfare, fitness, industrial relations, sport, and government.
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