The True Leader in a Damaged Hierarchy: An Evening, with Welby Ings
Damaged hierarchies are normally managed, but rarely led. They can tick boxes and sometimes report well, but they don't grow innovation – in fact they often consciously drive off innovative thinkers. However, sometimes we see surfacing within them the most extraordinary survivors who not only avoid the pitfalls of cynicism and passivity; they also productively grow protective or innovative sub-cultures around them. We don't talk much about these people, but you may be one of them. This evening looks at the nature of this particular kind of leadership – how you can recognise it, how it influences and how it survives.
Welby Ings is a Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology and has taught at all levels of the New Zealand Education system. He is an elected fellow of the British Royal society of Arts and a consultant to many international organisations on issues of creativity and learning. Welby is also an award winning academic, designer, and lmmaker. In 2001 Welby was awarded the Prime Minster’s inaugural Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. But until the age of 15, Welby could neither read nor write. He was considered “slow” at school and he was eventually expelled. Later he was suspended from teachers’ college.