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CAUDIT Leadership Institute (CLI)

You may be wondering if the CLI will run in 2020 and what the format will look like.  At this stage we can confirm that the program has been deferred to 2021.  This is to support our member organisations, specifically the IT, library and eResearch staff to focus on the responsive and innovative work that they are doing during the COVID-19 period.  Good leadership is more important than ever and past participants of the CLI (over 900) will now be drawing on the learning's from the program to help them navigate the successes and challenges around them.  The faculty wil be implementing a number of online sessions and webinars to continue to support our future and current IT leaders.

The CAUDIT Leadership Institute (CLI) is a dynamic, immersive program designed to enhance the leadership skills of Australian and New Zealand University information professionals.  The program has been developed for information technology, information resources and eResearch managers within higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions, and who have had several years of management experience.

Members of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute faculty are senior information technology and information resources professionals in higher education, drawn from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The Institute has been offered annually since 1998.

Applications for CLI 2021 will open April/May 2021 via the CAUDIT Newsletter.  Subscribe today

Read on below to establish if this is the right program for you and then visit the How to Apply page to ensure you don't miss out.

Important details

Who should attend:

Experienced information technology, information resources and eResearch managers, or emerging leaders from Australian and New Zealand universities, who have a number of years of management experience.

Why attend:

On completion of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute, participants will be able to:

Characterise leadership as a discipline and differentiate it from management techniques. They will be able to authentically model leadership behaviours in their institutions regardless of their formal leadership role.
Critically evaluate their own leadership strengths and weakness on reflection and, with practice, in the moment.
Develop strategies to compensate where necessary, by taking ownership of their career/professional development. Participants will be able to identify, compare and prioritise 3 key areas for development/focus and formulate appropriate actions to strengthen their leadership capability.
Apply a range of tools and frameworks to differentiate a variety of leadership approaches in their own practice in a range of contexts, including:

  • Relationship building
  • Developing high performing departments & teams
  • Influencing within and beyond their formal authority
  • Strategic thinking
  • Decision making
  • Innovation and embracing change
  • Leading in an atmosphere of ambiguity
  • Apply communication techniques to develop and perform public speaking, presentations and conduct crucial conversations.
  • Formulate a balanced approach to work/life by developing strategies to monitor their wellbeing, identify and assess stressors and address these appropriately


Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast (Located at the northern end of the Gold Coast it is 40minutes from both Brisbane and Gold Coast airports)


Monday 16th - Friday 20th August 2021


Approx $5,600 (including GST) Price includes accommodation including breakfast (in Monday - out Friday), meals (excluding Wednesday night) and all activities and materials associated with the program. Transportation to the venue is the responsibility of the participant.  Coach transfer to Gold Coast and Brisbane airports will be available at the conclusion of the event and is included within the cost. 

Number of participants:

Capped at 42 participants.

How to apply:

Applications for 2021 open April/May 2021.  Further details about how to apply can be found here
Be proactive!:  Download 'Why I should attend' example letter for you to customise and give to your CIO or University Librarian
Empower your staff:  Download 'Why I want you to attend' example letter for you to forward to your identified staff member



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