Leader of the Year
The 2017 Leader of the Year award was presented, as is the tradition, at Leadership Day at LiU. The recipient is Ann-Kari Sundberg, head of department at LiU’s Department of Culture and Communication. According to the jury’s citation, her leadership has inspired renewed confidence in the future amongst her departmental colleagues.
“It’s a huge honour – and a real surprise as well. I didn’t see this coming at all that,” says Ann-Kari Sundberg, holding a big bouquet of flowers as she receives congratulatory hugs from her colleagues.
Ann-Kari Sundberg is senior lecturer in French, and has been programme coordinator. For the past three years she has been head of department, and will continue in this role next year.
“I try to be a clear, open, transparent and empathetic boss. I think things through carefully, from several perspectives, and I view the department as a single unit.”
According to Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun, the choice shows it’s possible to win the award in the face of adversity.
Ann-Kari Sundberg says that “being head of department at the Department of Culture and Communication is a challenge. We’re under pressure financially. My co-workers are fantastic, the way they persevere. I’m a proud head of department.”
As the award came as such a surprise, Ann-Kari hasn’t had time to think about what she will do with the SEK 30,000 in prize money.
“Being a manager and leader, you’re constantly developing, and constantly facing challenges. I’m constantly learning new things. It’s a journey that’s very rewarding.”
The jury’s citation:
“This year’s Leader of the Year receives the award because, in a department facing considerable challenges, with demands for change, she has exercised her management role in accordance with the university’s fundamental values, and with clarity, perseverance and dynamism. She has been described as positive, supportive and courageous, and with her leadership she has inspired renewed confidence in the future amongst her departmental colleagues.
Last updated: 2017-11-27