Federal Employment Minister launches the University’s new Centre for Workplace Leadership

February 14 / 130

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis, Senator Eric Abetz and Professor Peter Gahan at the Centre for Workplace Leadership Launch
Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis, Senator Eric Abetz and Professor Peter Gahan at the Centre for Workplace Leadership Launch

The Federal Employment Minister Senator Eric Abetz has launched the University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership, a venture created in partnership with the Commonwealth Government and industry, to provide management training and leadership to small and medium enterprises.

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the centre was an exciting venture. 

“It represents innovation in how we generate and harness new insights and thinking around leadership,” he said. 

Professor Peter Gahan, Director of the Centre, said it provided an opportunity for all Australian workplaces, irrespective of their size or location, to access cutting edge ideas through robust research and put them to practical use in the workplace.

To mark the launch, the centre released its first workplace management survey. 

It found 75 per cent of Australian workers believe their workplaces need both better management and leadership. 

The representative survey of more than 2,000 workers found a quarter of the Australian workforce do not have someone in their workplace they look up to as a good leader, while 35 per cent of senior and middle managers also lacked a workplace role model. 

“Australian workers lack faith in their leaders,” said Professor Gahan.

“Leadership is the often neglected ingredient in productivity with studies showing that employees who have greater job satisfaction and motivation create workplaces that have productivity gains of 30 per cent.”

The Centre for Workplace Leadership is located in the Faculty of Business and Economics and is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Employment.  

For more information: http://workplaceleadership.com.au/

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