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.