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Building professional and personal leadership capabilities

Building professional and personal leadership capabilities

Dr Marianne Broadbent, Managing Partner, NGS Global

Thursday 19 September 2014 – Plenary session, 9:30am to 10:25pm

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Dr Marianne Broadbent is a Senior Partner and co-owner of the innovative leadership consultancy and executive search firm, NGS Global, where she has both global and regional responsibilities. She is an executive advisor, specialist in leadership and executive capabilities, international speaker, facilitator and author. Her career has blended senior executive corporate roles, academic leadership and consulting roles. Senior executive roles have included Senior Vice President, New Product Development for Gartner Inc globally, and  Group Vice President for Gartner’s Executive Programs. In academia, she has been Associate Dean (and Professor) at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, a Department Head at RMIT University, and visiting researcher at Boston University.

Marianne is co-author of two Harvard Business School Press ‘best sellers’, including The New CIO Leader and Leveraging the New Infrastructure. Her insights and research have been published in many genres from regular columns about leadership and management in CIO Insight and CIO magazine, Sloan Management Review articles, commentaries in The Financial Times (UK), EGovernment News and the Australian Financial Review, through to major ‘A’ list academic journals.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association. In 2013 she was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and a Judge in The Australian Innovation Challenge. Her previous appointments including membership of Boards of CAVAL Ltd and the Victorian College of the Arts, the Foundation Council of the Australian Library and Information Services Council, the Education Board of ALIA, and the Advisory Boards of the State Library of Victoria and CSIRO.


Expectations of leaders and leadership -  in Information and Library Services as in other sectors - have shifted over the past decade. These movements have been influenced by our expectations as customers, consumers and citizens, by greater public and private sector interaction, and by what technology now enables in the nature, speed and diversity of our interactions.

Which are the leadership capabilities that really matter today, and next year? How do organisations develop and nurture these? How do you and your organisation deal with issues of accountability, ambiguity and ambience? What role should library and information educators play in this emerging scenario? As individual professionals also, what is our personal leadership strategy and commitment – and why does this matter?

In this session, Dr Marianne Broadbent will share a perspective from a diverse career: - a career that has included working in or with just about all types of Information and Library Services, her experience as an academic and business executive, and her recent work with Boards, CEOs and executive teams in helping organisations to make their leadership teams the best they can be.