This chapter examines how the concept of playful leadership has been brought to bear in a difficult situation – leading the development of staff across an institution through the Covid-19 pandemic. It uses as a lens the concept of the Naked University, which possesses three key traits – transparency, vulnerability and essentiality – and explores this through the experiences of an academic development lead at a research-intensive university in the UK. The chapter discusses how failure is often seen as a negative, and proposes that the learning one can have from failure often leads to much greater success. So as a leader, it is critical to offer your team members permission to fail and to support them as they produce creative solutions – critical in a time of crisis, but essential as an approach to leadership at all times. The chapter concludes by offering experience (and research) informed reflections on how to bring aspects of fun and playfulness into your own leadership.
|Title of host publication||Leading Innovation and Creativity in University Teaching|
|Subtitle of host publication||Implementing Change at the Programme Level|
|Editors||Sam Nolan, Steve Hutchinson|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||9781032041483, 9781032026367|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Dec 2022|