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Leader of the Year

The award for Leader of the Year 2016 was presented as custom demands on Leadership Day at the university. This year’s winner is Gisela Eckert, deputy head of department and head of division at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. The citation describes Gisela as structured, careful and committed.

Bild: Rektor Helen Dannetun lämnar över prischecken till Gisela Eckert, årets ledare.“It’s wonderful to be appreciated for the work I do,” was Gisela Eckert’s spontaneous comment when receiving the award and an enormous cheque for the prize money, SEK 30,000, from Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun. “But then, it’s easy to lead such independent, ambitious and talented personnel. And it’s a great advantage to have such talented heads of department backing me up.”

Gisela Eckert is deputy head of department and head of the Division for Education and Sociology at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. And she really enjoys working with issues relating to leadership and organisation.
“It’s a great privilege to be a leader at a university, with talented employees with an inner drive. It’s not necessary here to motivate or guide the employees, quite the contrary.”

How do you work to be a good leader?

“I thoroughly enjoy the role of leader: I believe that this is an important factor. I’m also good at organising things. The jury’s citation used the word ‘structured’ and I’ve heard the word before: it’s been applied to the way I teach. This may be an advantage for the employees: it means that they can focus on their work.”

“Another thing is that I try to be present as much as I can, always at the workplace, even though I have to attend a lot of meetings, of course. And my door is nearly always open for the employees.”

What are you going to do with the money?

“I plan to take a course in leadership. I have taken some internal courses here at the university, but that was a long time ago. It would be great to get some new thoughts and ideas, and to have the opportunity to reflect over my leadership.”

This is the ninth time that the Leader of the Year award has been presented at LiU. It was introduced in 2008 to demonstrate that good leadership is an important part of the success of LiU’s operations and development.

The jury’s citation:

“The Leader of the Year award for 2016 has been presented to Gisela Eckert who with high integrity and considered and committed leadership has managed to create a positive work climate in which the personnel work towards both personal and common objectives. The award winner is an attentive listener and provides firm support, without encroaching. She is structured and careful, but does not allow herself to get tied up in details. It is clear that she is passionate about her role as leader.”


Elisabet Wahrby 2016-11-24

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Last updated: 2016-11-30