higher education leadership
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.”
Our workshop participants* represented 25 Swedish higher education institutions:
Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Luleå University of Technology
Stockholm University of the Arts
Swedish Defence University
Swedish Red Cross University College
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
University of Borås
University of Gävle
University of Gothenburg
*12 Females, 13 Males ◼️