Media Advisory 27 March 2017

“Servant leadership” makes companies more successful
In recent years the business world has turned its attention to new styles of leadership that make work feel more meaningful for employees, and make companies more innovative and successful. Dr Robert Liden, Professor of Management at the University of Illinois, will give a free public talk on ‘The Paradox of Serving and Leading – a New Direction for the Future of Leadership’ at the University of Waikato’s Management School tomorrow, Tuesday 28 March, from 1-2pm. Dr Liden says ‘servant leadership’ can determine whether staff have a deep personal investment in their work, or whether they just feel like cogs in a machine. Any organisation grounded in strong customer relations stands to benefit from the ripple effects of having servant leaders. This event is part of Waikato Management School’s Excellence in Practice lecture series, which features top business leaders speaking about their experiences. The talk is in MSB.1.37, level one, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Parking is available at the Gate 10 carpark off Silverdale Road ($2 daily charge). For more details visit
Contact: Ruth Taylor, 07 838 4263, or

Distinguished alumni celebrated
The UK’s 2016 New Zealander of the year Mark Wilson is one of three University of Waikato alumni being celebrated this Friday. Mr Wilson, author and historian Dr Deborah Challinor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Samoa Professor Asofou So’o will all receive Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday night. Mr Wilson was named in the Sunday Times 2016 list of Britain’s most influential people. He is Group CEO of Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer and a UK Top 30 company. Dr Challinor’s 15 historical novels have consistently featured in New Zealand best seller lists. She has also written about New Zealanders at war. In Samoa, Professor So’o has revitalised the NSU and written widely on democracy and governance in Samoa and the Pacific Islands, including public sector reform, the impact of globalisation, sustainable development, and conflict in the Pacific.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Margaret Wilson named Distinguished Fellow at Australian institute
A leading Australian public policy institute has appointed Waikato University’s Professor Margaret Wilson as its Distinguished Fellow. The Whitlam Institute, based at Western Sydney University, was inspired by the life and work of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Professor Wilson, a former minister in the fifth Labour government and former parliamentary speaker, has been working on the Institute’s Human Rights and Public Life programme that has been researching the effect of neo liberalism on social democracy, in particular public institutions. She is currently working on a research project on full employment and the influence of technology. While Whitlam Institute Fellows are honorary appointments, Fellows are actively involved as advisers and contributors to the Institute’s public policy programme. The Institute is described as an independent think-tank for the people that works to ignite debate, strengthen discussion and enrich policy development in Australia.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 08 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

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