Andrea North-Samardzic

Andrea North-Samardzic

Dr Andrea North-Samardzic is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at Deakin Business School. She teaches in the MBA and other postgraduate programs and researches contemporary leadership issues

Location Deakin University, Geelong Australia


  • Could you give us an example @EjehErnest?

  • Thank you for sharing @StuartSingleton-White and @KERRYNGRIFFITHS.

  • Maya Angelou! I've posted that quote below.

    We all love a good story. We grew up with stories. Stories help us feel connected and help us feel like we belong. Even if we don't relate to the characters, we understand their journey. Cultures live through stories! In Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations are incredible models for me in...

  • We do need to engage with emotional appeals more.

    As Maya Angelou said: people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

    So let's tap into the power of story-telling. Stories elicit emotion. They make us feel connected.

    Let's think of a great story we can tell over the coming...

  • There is no silver bullet when it comes to leadership @SarahKennedy. If that were the case I would be out of a job! This framework just gives us options for approaches. Ultimately you need to use the right approach that works for you. And it sounds like you have a great grasp of when some approaches may work over others.

  • Great ideas @KERRYNGRIFFITHS!

  • Sorry @GeraintLlywelyn-Roberts, I don't quite understand. Could you please clarify?

  • @EmmanuelDulvin I completely understand the need to know what is up ahead. From an educational design standpoint, there is so much vital information that we all need to know that it can be a challenge to know what to leave out at times. But you are completely right in asking if we will be addressing certain leadership perspectives that we haven't touched on yet.

  • It's quite something isn't it @CatherineNjuguna and @KERRYNGRIFFITHS? Goes to show we need to have conversations with our colleagues about what we see as 'praise' etc. Sometimes we think it means we have to talk more. But often it can be having few but very rich and deep conversations.....I'll also cop to not giving out praise as much as I should. That's my...

  • I worked in Italy for 2 years as a professor. My name 'Andrea' is also a man's name in Italy. My assistant was a man called 'Andrea.' When we went to classes and meetings together, which of do you think was warmly welcomed and introduced as 'Professore' and the other ignored? I didn't take this personally because I was:

    a) A woman with a man's name and they...

  • Well put @EarlwinCabantog! I hope we can provide each other with some support by sharing our stories. But please let us know if anyone would like some extra support. We are all here to learn together.

  • Hmmmm. Worth a shot @JENNIBEETSON-MORTIMER!

  • I am sorry to hear that you have been misjudged @RBTaimbari. As a caucasian person in Australia I have never experienced that and can only imagine how frustrating and upsetting it can be.

  • Absolutely @JohnCooke! Do you have an example you could share?

  • A true psychopath would hide their psychopathy @JohnBowman. And psychopaths don't always commit crimes. The Dark Triad of leadership is narcissism-Machiavellianism-psychopathy is what we use in research. What has been found is that whether you are a psychopath is less problematic than if people think you are! Here's an article you may find interesting: Smith,...

  • Could you give us an example @MarkEnders?

  • As I am 5'10", favour a high heel and am rather outspoken, I too have been described as intimidating. I think being loved by 90% is a clear win in the popularity stakes @KERRYNGRIFFITHS. And there's usually a 10% margin of error anyway ;-)

  • As someone who is in short supply of 'chill' I myself have to check my expectations of others. I put a lot of pressure on myself and it's not always fair for me to set the same benchmarks for others. So I can sympathise with you @HansBarbut!

  • Hope you have a great weekend at the wedding and I agree, this is a massive shift in approach to learning that we are used to. I've had to adjust as well! We've found increasingly that students aren't as engaged as much so we provide suites of information and shorter bite-sized pieces to make consumption of knowledge easier.

  • Hi Danielle! All of the information about your assessments for those enrolled in the full unit MPL700 Leadership Practice with Impact can be found on the program page.

  • You have asked me questions that I did not even consider when I wrote the script @StuartSingleton-White!

  • It's funny how certain demographic characteristics and attributes jump out to us at times when others are less noticeable. I remember talking about this video to other students and they referred to the 'young guy' and I said 'they're both young to me.' There is a relatively clear age gap between the men and women in this video. If they were of a similar age,...

  • I am glad you are talking about ethical and trustworthy @ElizabethIreland. We should always strive for good conduct that makes a positive difference.

  • Anyone can choose the level they want to lead at @JackSelby!

  • I agree that it is a term that is misused @BethP. A lot of the time 'leadership' gets put in tandem alongside other concepts that don't really belong together. Like 'self leadership.' You can't be bother leader and follower to yourself. It's 'motivation.' Putting two words together don't necessary create a new thing. Like underwater barbecue. :-)

  • Thanks for joining us @PhilipMcCarthy!

  • You can start as soon as you like! Week 2 is ready to go!

  • Absolutely. The GLOBE Project was great for this.

  • Completely. And we tend to be more sympathetic to people who are 'like' us.

  • But maybe the first guy is lying @JENNIBEETSON-MORTIMER. He looked a little shifty to me ;-)

  • What makes you think it is a generational thing @TRACEYSCHULTZ? Why not a gender thing? Or a cultural thing....?

  • @LarenaClarke Equal treatment is a complicated dance though because sometimes unequal treatment is necessary.

  • That is time well-spent @DANIELLEDUNNE!

  • Good analysis @TimHollingdale. The Master of Leadership degree is all about evidence-based decision -making. And visibility is critical. We can't be influenced by what we can't see.

  • @GRAHAMEATHER In practice leadership is very messy so it isn't really linear. We are starting off with simpler terms and concepts but as we move on you will definitely see what non-linear leadership looks like. In fact, I don't believe there is such a thing as linear leadership.

  • @EmmanuelDulvin It will be in the coming weeks!

  • Actually the course was designed to be self-paced over two weeks. But the self-pacing part means you can take more or lesser time.

  • Absolutely! I remember speaking on a panel about leadership and one of the audience members stated that they want an organisation filled with leaders. I said 'that would be a nightmare.' Management is valid. Not everything requires leadership.

  • Even though you will be moving on with the rest of your learning, this two-week free component will remain available for the next month. Feel free to invite your colleagues to work through it at their own pace, @GWENHUNTER.

  • Hi @GWENHUNTER. Great question but we are striving for a paperless process so in short, the answer is no unfortunately.

  • What about transformation are you looking to address @EmmanuelDulvin? There is transformational leadership but I feel you might be asking something else. Are you asking if it is part of the credentials? And in the unit MPL701 Leadership Challenges as well as the 2 credit point capstone unit, you can perhaps tackle a transformation project for your work-based...

  • Perception is indeed, very powerful @KarenC.

  • Hmmmm. Very interesting @MelissaCzerwinski. Why do you think that is the case?

  • Very insightful @EmmanuelDulvin.

  • I too have been both victim and perpetrator @DANIELLEDUNNE. None of us are perfect. We need to be kind with ourselves if we make mistakes. As long as once we know better, we do better! :-)

  • I feel your colleague was racist @AJEESHNAIR. Our abilities are not determined by our ethnicity or country of birth. You showed kindness and strength by seeking to prove him wrong.

  • Thank you for sharing @NARELLED'AMICO. Thankfully it is not a frequent investment and can pay dividends over time.

  • 'I think discussions with my team about what they see leadership to be and who are inspiring leaders to them would help me'

    I agree Kelly! Let us know what you discover.

  • We have so many things that can influence our perceptions of leaders, don't we?

  • Absolutely! For example the 'similarity-attraction' concept recognises that we view others favourably who are most like ourselves.

  • How would you describe your authentic approach @KELLYWASHBOURNE?

  • Great links between concepts and practice @AJEESHNAIR!

  • Domestic violence is an important topic and I do not want to dismiss it. However within this course, as leadership scholar and academic lead, I am unable to facilitate a meaningful and sensitive discussion on it, as I do not have the expertise. If we could be mindful of this and respectful of each other about the sensitivities of these issues.

  • Well put @AKILILUADMASU! Leaders have followers, not subordinates.

  • Great idea for the unicorn meetings @SamWhite!

  • We often have to be the most creative and innovative when we don't have resources @AJEESHNAIR.

  • Bit of both Gwen. The more senior you are, the more responsibility is placed on you to make the tough decisions and therefore easier to lose friends. I try to keep a bit of personal distance from people I am overseeing as it helps me have greater perspective to ensure key decisions are 'not personal, it's business.'

  • Sounds like you've been practicing leadership @KELLYWASHBOURNE. Managers use positional power. Leaders use personal power.

  • Why not use this as an opening to discuss the topic more with your team members? I don't think that humility would be a problem for your @AMBERLEEFABRY . The truly arrogant amongst us actual think they are quite humble and authentic so you questioning yourself means you're probably a good egg :-)

  • She sounds like quite the lady @BecBain!

  • How wonderful to be able to work with one of your role models!

  • @DavidKinnon Not at all! I am sorry I have given this impression.

  • Influence can lead to manipulation. And one's hero is another person's villain. 'Tis a complicated topic @SamWhite!

  • Do you know who your team members' role models are @KELLYWASHBOURNE? Could be an interesting conversation to have with them...

  • Thanks for coming along for the journey @TRACEYSCHULTZ!

  • That's ok @GWENHUNTER. Whether we are born with fixed stable traits or acquire behaviours, skills and other attributes is an interesting question to ask

  • @KERRYNGRIFFITHS As a management scholar who has expertise in organisational leadership I daren't comment on other forms of leadership outside of my discipline. So when it comes to political, religious or spiritual leadership, I won't speak out of turn. An yes, leadership scholars and management schools must impart the importance of ethical leadership. That...

  • You can't influence people if you don't have power. Power is an antecedent of influence. Power via position is more akin to management. Personal power is more related to leadership. Enjoy your haircut!

  • Agreed. But we are looking at leadership in a work and organisational context in this course. Spiritual, religious and political leadership operates under very different circumstances. So we are situating our understanding of leadership relative to our understanding of leadership within organisational contexts.

  • Is this someone you worked with @EmmanuelDulvin?

  • One of the issues of leadership is that a process is relational and thus qualitative whereas success is usually measured quantitatively. But there is a wealth of research that examines the various types of leadership and how they interact to lead to various outcomes. Because I am an academic and if I don't push academic articles on students they might take...

  • You are asking all the right questions @KaneHooper. Not all will be answered in a 2-week course. Which is why we have a who degree worths of time! :-)

  • Great point @RickHill. You can manage a process. By emphasising the processual nature of leadership we aim to emphasise that leadership is something you do, it is an 'act.' Not every goal requires leadership. And by moving attention away from leadership as residing in the individual (i.e. you either are a leader or you aren't and interesting discussion but...

  • As many of my family members were killed in WW2, I am very comfortable judging :-) Leadership is in the eye of the beholder. The very worst have supports and the best amongst us have detractors.

  • As Deakin University, like all good business schools, are adherent's to the UN's Principles of Responsible Management Education, as well as the leadership research community agreeing that effective leadership must not do harm, then effective leadership can only be that which is 'good.' Which again is also up for interpretation...

  • You can't follow what you can't see. What could you do to make yourself more visible to others @MichaelHefferan?

  • @KaneHooper I am not an expert on spiritual leadership - I specialise more in implicit leadership theories, and dispersed collaborative leadership. In addition to the article I linked to in my response to your other post, the below link may also be worth a read.

  • Thank you for speaking about your religion @KaneHooper. It is important we recognise the impact our beliefs, faiths and spiritual values have in our lives. Here's an article on spiritual leadership you might enjoy:

  • I am a big fan of Mrs Obama too @OmaymaOmerBakhiet.

  • Yoda!!!

  • You can do this @GWENHUNTER! You've got Moira our online facilitator, Chad the unit chair, me the course director, the Deakin army and most important of all, your great peers to help you along the way. :-)

  • Some of the most creative leadership comes from non-profits and government organisations where resources aren't as available or you are leading volunteers. You have to influence to get things done!

  • I agree with you both @BethP and @SamWhite! There has been many a time when people have asked for my advice or input on ostensibly 'leadership' issues but when we talk further it is actually something else that is the problem or solution. I remember once working on a consulting project after 1 week my advice back to them was 'you don't have a leadership...

  • Hi Martin. Great to have you with us. What industry have you been in?

  • @MichaelHefferan Thanks Michael. Something I like to emphasise is having specific examples to anchor our understanding of leadership. We often use similar phrases to describe people and yet have quite distinct examples. Try to think of illustrative examples whenever you can, such as the power of story-telling.

  • Well put @EmmanuelDulvin!

  • Enthusiasm is critical for me too @OnnoVanEs. How do you know someone is authentic?

  • Well technically a leader needs to have followers so you can't really lead yourself. A lot of self-leadership is often about motivation and goal-setting. What do you think @PaulaSmith?

  • Great example @MichaelHefferan. I like that you have chosen an example that is less common and it has helped me learn something. How exactly did he highlight the importance of people. Something he said or did in particular?

  • Hi Paula! There are many theories we need to consider and this 2-week course is less about theory but more a taster of leadership thinking. This course leads into a unit 'Leadership Practice with Impact' where we will be discussing more theories, including contemporary ones such as authentic leadership. Unfortunately 2 weeks isn't enough to cover everything.

  • My mother is a retired primary school principal from NSW (long retired though) and she is one of my inspirations for becoming an educator!

  • Hi Everyone!

    Just wanted to say hello and welcome. I designed this course and will be participating with you. My colleague Dr Moira Kairys will be the primary facilitator and Associate Professor Chad Whelan is lead educator. We are really looking forward to talking all things leadership with you.

    All the best,
    Dr Andrea North-Samardzic

  • Thank you very much for your kind words @Fco.JavierGutiérrezM. They are greatly appreciated.

  • Well put @BarbaraNicolls!

  • Great to hear @ClaireFrampton!

  • Indeed, most of us achieve management roles without having proper management training!