Professor Sarah Leberman Professor Sarah Leberman CREDIT: Massey University

Massey Professor to inspire young leaders

Thursday 21 June 2012, 1:16PM
By Massey University


There is no one way to be a leader, people lead in different ways, says a Massey University Professor who will give a lecture to mark the start of Leadership Week.

Professor Sarah Leberman will deliver the free lecture on the topic Preparing for Leadership at 6pm tomorrow at the Hastings District Council Chamber, and encourage young people to consider their leadership potential.

She will outline that to become a leader you need to focus on your strengths, be clear on what your values are and work in an area that has meaning. “In order to be a leader you have to believe in what you’re doing,” she says.

Leadership does not necessarily equate to a title and everyone can have influence in their community. There was no one definition of leadership, she says. “There’s no one way to be a leader, people lead in different ways.”

Professor Leberman is associate head of the School of Management (Manawatu and Wellington) and a Professor in Leadership. She is an expert on leadership of women in sport and academia and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Women in Sport Group and the manager of the Women’s Junior Black Sticks and stand-in manager of the Women’s Black Sticks team.

Professor Leberman says the lecture will be interactive and encourage young people to think about leadership and what it means to them, how they can make a difference and help them to develop strategies to achieve in the future.

The lecture is aimed at school student leaders, young business leaders and tertiary students.

Leadership Week runs from June 22-29 and is inspired by Sir Peter Blake. It is an annual event for all ages that highlights the value great leadership provides for New Zealand.

Professorial Lecture details:
Date: 6pm Friday, June 22
Venue: Hastings District Council Chamber

More information along with registration and booking details for Hawke’s Bay Leadership Week events is available at