Dr Howard Youngs, Senior Lecturer Educational Leadership; School of Education Director for International Relations and Development, AUT

(Re)claiming and disrupting leadership practice and organisational learning: Moving beyond the status quo and distributed models


Distributed leadership offers much to organisational, leadership and teacher development. It is however a complex and slippery concept that in practice is easier said than done. In this address, Howard will explore distributed forms of leadership and how those in leadership positions can contribute to organisational learning through these forms. He will draw on research (both his own and others), his experience of working with leadership groups in schools and what can be drawn from some of the latest shifts in the leadership field. The aim of this applied session is to challenge, provoke and equip educational leaders for the benefit of others, particularly students and teachers.

About Dr Youngs

Dr Howard Youngs is Senior Lecturer Educational Leadership and School of Education Director for International Relations and Development at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He is a former secondary school mathematics teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal (quite a long time ago!). For the last 15 years he has focused on leadership research, mainly in education. During this period he has taught postgraduate educational leadership studies and supervised many postgraduate students, first at Unitec and more recently at AUT. He keeps connected to schools through facilitating leadership professional learning and development workshops and thrives on learning with others in these contexts. His work on distributed leadership brings into question the oversimplified approaches that can permeate development and has led to overseas speaking engagements and publications.