Introduction to Academic Leadership in Teaching & Learning

Introduction to Academic Leadership in Teaching and Learning (IAL) comprises a series of ten modules of professional development activities that are designed to help participants extend and enrich their repertoire of leadership capabilities.


The IAL modules are open to ANU academic and professional staff who have, or would like to have, formal or informal leadership roles related to teaching and learning at ANU.

The modules are suited to:

  • Heads of academic units;
  • All academics (Levels A to E) who:  Have oversight of academic programs, are course convenors and are chairs of HDR supervisory panels;
  • Academic staff wanting to explore issues of managing (self and others) in a university context;
  • Researchers seeking ideas on leading research groups, lab groups etc;
  • Professional staff with roles that intersect with academic units;
  • Research-focused academics adding a teaching leadership role to their activities.
  • Anyone wanting to explore current ideas related to academic leadership and management.


Guiding models and values

  • Models of leadership
  • Leadership values and purposes
  • The leadership mindset

A mindful approach to leadership development

  • The capabilities and qualities required for leadership
  • Identifying and building your strengths as a leader
  • Using reflective practice and the action learning cycle

Managing and leading yourself

  • Acting on your values and priorities
  • Managing yourself for peak performance
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Managing your mindset, so that it enables you rather than restricts you

Influencing others/challenging conversations

  • Developing a repertoire of influencing methods
  • Understanding the people you wish to influence
  • Using situational judgement and your values to choose the best influencing method
  • Leading by coaching
  • Persuasive communication
  • Responding constructively to resistance and conflict

Module structure

For each module, participants will receive notes and readings. These include reflective activities to be completed before the module session, which takes place a week after participants receive the notes. Thus, IAL modules will require pre-session reading and reflection, rather than the post-session reflections in other CHELT modules.

The sessions, which run from 12:05-1:55pm, will give participants an opportunity to debrief on their reflections and to engage in a variety of participatory learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

The IAL modules provide opportunities for participants to extend and enrich their repertoire of leadership capabilities. Participants will be encouraged to use reflective practice (including the action learning cycle) between sessions to apply and extend their learning.

Across all IAL modules, key themes will include:

  • developing the self-management and self-leadership skills required for leading others
  • aligning one's leadership with a clearly articulated model of leadership, including a set of clear leadership values and principles
  • developing a broad repertoire of capabilities and the situational judgment to choose the best approach for a particular challenge
  • the flexibility and agility to operate with a variety of leadership models, perspectives and styles.

ANU only content

Learn about the IAL modules and content and mapping against the Professional Standards Framework.

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Free of charge for Australian National University staff.

Please note a no show/cancellation fee of $50.00 per person per module will be charged where notification of non-attendance is not received within 48 hours of the module commencement date.


Register for the IAL modules via the black "Register now" button at the top right of this page.

Certificate of Completion

If you have attended ten IAL modules, and completed the required reflective elements, you can apply for a Certificate of Completion. You should allow up to 30 hours of face to face and private time to participate sufficiently to gain a Certificate. There is no time limit on participating in all ten modules or in posting reflections: you simply apply for your Certificate of Completion when you have completed the requisite modules and reflections. You may also combine IAL modules with modules in the Academic Professional Development Program to complete a decamod.