Our project was conducted in partnership with three select Australian organisations. Our research method required researchers to spend time in each organisation (2–3 days per week for between four and nine months) to understand the culture and to interview people in the organisation. To appreciate the organisation’s day-to-day experiences, interactions and practices, we worked with staff from both managerial and non-managerial ranks. All data gathered was made anonymous in our reporting of the research.
The project was designed to develop a new approach to leadership diversity as well as to deliver specific benefits for the partner organizations who participated in the research. In particular:
- A mapping by experts in leadership and diversity of the organisation’s leadership practices and their effects.
- A presentation and report of complete findings to the organisation at the end of the study.
- Opportunities to problem-solve key issues at the organisation that can be investigated by the researchers through the study.
- An opportunity to inform developments in future leadership practice, training and education.