higher education leadership

Peter Dobers

This article was first published in 2018 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 1 no 1 

The Association of Swedish Higher Education is a voluntary membership organisation consisting of 37 universities and colleges. One of its most prestigious activities is the  organisation of the Higher Education Leadership Program (HeLP). 

In December 2017, the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network was honoured to be invited to contribute to the HeLP meeting held at the beautiful Noors Castle, in the small town of Knvista near Stockholm.  A workshop was delivered on the theme “the power of the entrepreneurial mindset”.

The way the entrepreneurial mindset talks about leadership is in terms of inspiration. Everybody, whether they are in a formal leadership position or not, can try to inspire and motivate other people.  You can exercise leadership by helping people to see opportunities, to understand that they have an important part to play and by inspiring them to want to get on board and collaborate with you.

Peter Dobers is a curent HeLP participant and Professor at Södertön University in Stockholm.  The university states that it is characterised by a strong belief in the ability to think freely and critically and the desire to produce new knowledge and contemporary innovation.

Peter told us that “Having the right mindset means 1) seeing and creating situated opportunities for individuals, your university and for society, 2) turning ideas emerging from collaboration into joint activities, and 3) – as a leader – leading the way based on principles, values and ethics.”

Workshop Participants

Our workshop participants* represented 25 Swedish higher education institutions:

Chalmers University

Dalarna University

Halmstad University

Jönköping University

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Kristianstad University

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Linköping University

Linnæus University

Luleå University of Technology

Lund University

Malmö University

Mälardalen University

Örebro University

Södertörn University

Stockholm University

Stockholm University of the Arts

Swedish Defence University

Swedish Red Cross University College

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Umeå University

Uppsala University

University of Borås

University of Gävle

University of Gothenburg

*12 Females, 13 Males ◼️