Wayfinding Leadership Workshop

Date Tuesday 29 May 2018
Time 1pm - 2:30pm
Where Waikato Management School Executive Education Room MSB1.36
Presenter Dr Chellie Spiller, Associate Professor University of Auckland Business School
Contact Jaki Heta
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Wayfinding Leadership

For centuries cultures have navigated using the rising and setting of stars and the patterns of waves on the oceans and sands. This science synthesizes important signs in order to gain one’s bearings, and is known as wayfinding. Wayfinding Leadership requires that we become explorers of our world, seeking to discover and shine light upon that which is not seen. To do this is to sail beyond the compass of our existing knowledge and to traverse uncharted waters in ourselves and the world.

Wayfinding Leadership offers a powerful approach to leadership in an uncertain, complex, and rapidly changing world. The practice of wayfinding deepens discernment about what is really going on, while at the same time enabling us to be more responsive to subtle shifts and nuances. It develops integrative thinking and perceptiveness – the ability to see connections between things that others do not see and to make sense of complexity. It helps us move from stillness, experience greater relaxation and awe especially in the face of change.

Bio Dr Chellie Spiller

Chellie is an associate professor at the University of Auckland Business School. She is a passionate and committed advocate for Māori Business development. 

In 2013 she co-edited Reflections on Authentic Leadership: Concepts, Coalescences and Clashes with Professor Donna Ladkin which features international scholars and practitioners from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, leadership, business and the arts. 

Chellie is a co-author of the book Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders, with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho, published in 2015. ‘Wayfinding Leadership’ training programmes are growing and are currently being taught in a variety of domains such as Air New Zealand’s middle management training programme, Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership course, the judiciary and in the health sector.

Chellie’s leadership qualities are nourished by her academic achievements. In 2018 she is a guest speaker at Harvard University on 'What is great leadership?' Chellie was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona. She is a recipient of a Research Excellence Award, Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award and National Māori Academic Excellence Award.

She has extensive corporate experience holding senior executive positions in New Zealand and abroad, and brings this experience to her academic work and leadership development programmes. Chellie is a principle investigator on major research projects such as Māori Leadership and Decision-Making. 

Whakapapa: Ngāti Kahungunu