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The Sheffield Leader statement

The statement is introduced to participants via modules of all Sheffield Leader levels

Leadership is critical to the ongoing success of the University of Sheffield and we aspire for it to be visible, capable and effective at all levels. While Sheffield Leaders are often recognised as those in formal roles leading a unit (faculty/department/research group/team), leadership is about making a contribution towards realising the University’s vision, which everyone is capable of doing if they choose to. Therefore Sheffield Leaders are not only defined by their position or authority, but also by their behaviours and influence. They emerge as they identify opportunities for improvement and act upon them, without waiting for assignment. This distinguishes our aspiration for leadership at the University of Sheffield as a collective endeavour of shared responsibilities within a collaborative leadership community.
For those in formal roles, being a Sheffield Leader means guiding their unit to replicate its successful workings, while making incremental and process improvements. In addition, all Sheffield Leaders are aware of the context in which their unit sits, and demonstrate the insight, anticipation, vision, agility and confidence to respond to the changing environment and make step changes when they are needed.
No matter what their position, being a Sheffield Leader means mobilising the energy of colleagues by connecting people, ideas and situations and creating space for them to evolve. Sheffield Leadership is about convening and facilitating conversations to engage people, in order to address issues, find solutions and deliver results. In keeping with the University’s culture of autonomy of thought and debate, Sheffield Leadership gives legitimacy to emerging and exploratory activities and fosters bottom-up ideas. Sheffield Leadership is also outward looking; those who demonstrate it think beyond their own unit, appreciating the shared endeavours of the University, higher education and the region, and exploit opportunities to collaborate and share in the pursuit of mutual benefits.
As well as being a leader in their academic discipline or their professional service area, the Sheffield Leader makes a wide contribution to the University: