Published on 4/20/2017

Another important feature of his talk was the distinction between leaders and managers.  He focused especially on the ability of leaders to direct collective energy towards solving a problem, whereas managers only execute tasks through a system that may not always offer the right solution.

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) in collaboration with the School for Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE) hosted a talk by Dr. Paul Porteous, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra in Australia.  The lecture took place on Thursday April 20, 2017.

In his talk, Porteous introduced the concept of leadership and state that the term "leadership" can hold many different meanings.  He then highlighted the importance of adaptive leadership in dealing with crises and presented examples of how decision-makers sometimes fail to adapt to the surrounding circumstances which sometimes exacerbates the very problems they are trying to solve. 

Another important feature of his talk was the distinction between leaders and managers.  He focused especially on the ability of leaders to direct collective energy towards solving a problem, whereas managers only execute tasks through a system that may not always offer the right solution.

Commenting on the importance of this talk, Dr. Sultan Barakat, Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies said: "One of the most important points in today's lecture was the emphasis that leaders do not hide behind policies and procedures but actually adapts them to the benefit of the bigger objective which is, the collective success of the organization.  This is where the difference between a leader and a bureaucratic manager becomes most apparent."

The lecture was followed by a brief Q&A session.