When I first left Sydney to begin my research fellowship at the Swinburne Leadership Institute in November 2012, I carved out this online space in order to document my expedition. But once I touched down on new ground, I found myself pulled headlong into work that by the time I came back up for air, a whole year had passed.
Hi, I’m Helena, and welcome to my blog on leadership. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in late 2012 where my research explored the ways leaders navigate through crisis, admit to failures, and enact their authenticity. My current projects explore transgressive leadership among marginalised groups. In 2016, I joined University of Technology Sydney as a Senior Lecturer in the Management Discipline Group. See my academic profile.
Saying goodbye at the airport was more difficult than I thought it would be.
When I knew I would be leaving for Melbourne, I wanted my last week in Sydney to be memorable. For me, the week needed to be a celebration of the people I cherished the most as well as sum up why I was leaving.
I was running on coffee and adrenalin the day of my graduation ceremony. I had flown to Melbourne and back the day before for an interview at Swinburne, and I was surviving on very little sleep.