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RCSI MATTERS
The Institute emphasises the practical application of
learning. Core and associate Faculty are all experienced
health professionals who blend current academic knowledge
with a deep practical understanding of the health services.
The focus is strongly on the characteristics and dynamics
of multi-professional teams and the variety of disciplines
represented on the programmes is a distinct asset in this
regard.
NEW CYBERPSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH
In a major development this year, a unique Cyberpsychology
Research Centre was established with a mission to provide
analysis, insight and leadership in understanding the
benefits, risks and applications of current and emerging
human-technology interfaces. The last 30 years have seen
an explosion in the development of information technology
to the point where the younger generation in particular
spends the major portion of its waking life in a space
cyberspace which did not previously exist. While there
are substantial benefits associated with this technology,
there are also significant risks. It is important that this
entirely new environment be examined scientifically both to
maximise its potential benefits and to obviate its potential
risks. Child safety and protection, for example, are major
concerns and the growing phenomena of online stalking
and cyber-bullying are but two of a number of serious issues
increasingly engaging communities and governments.
Current research at the centre is concerned with improving
child protection online, understanding the use of
technology in human trafficking, and exploring the growing
implications of how technology will transform leadership and
management.
THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
Leadership has always been more difficult in challenging
times, but the unique challenges facing organisations
throughout the world today call for a renewed focus on
what constitutes genuine leadership. Writing in 2009, one
of the world's premier leadership researchers, Bruce Avolio,
said: "Public, private and even volunteer organisations
are addressing challenges that run the gamut from ethical
meltdowns to terrorism and AIDS. What constitutes the
normal range of functioning in these conditions is constantly
shifting upwards as new challenges, technologies, market
demands, and competition emerge. Such challenges have
precipitated a renewed focus on:
restoring confidence, hope and optimism;
being able to rapidly bounce back from catastrophic
events and display resiliency;
helping people in their search for meaning and
connection by fostering a new self-awareness; and,
genuinely relating to all stakeholders (associates,
customers, suppliers, owners, and communities).
"We need leaders who lead with purpose, values, and
integrity; leaders who build enduring organisations." (Avolio
BJ et al., Ann Rev Psychol 60, 421-429).
Some years ago institute Faculty started asking students
entering the Masters' programmes to write a letter to
themselves indicating how they saw themselves at the time,
how they hoped to develop and what they expected the
programme do to for them. The letters were returned to the
students at their graduation.
The overwhelming conclusion from graduates was that, while
the knowledge and skills they had gained were important,
the biggest gain was that they had experienced a paradigm
shift. The programmes had helped them to develop self-
awareness, confidence, resiliency and a genuine motivation
to make a difference. They had changed fundamentally,
in terms of who they were and also in terms of how they
now saw themselves. To paraphrase George Eliot, they had
become what they might have been.
For further information about Leadership Development and
Authentic Leadership see the video and additional
resources at:
www.rcsileadership.org/Leadership_Development
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein & Professor Patrick J Broe,
President of RCSI presiding at the Institute's conferring ceremony in
Dubai in November 2012.
Institute's MSc Graduates & RCSI/NUI staff at the November
Conferring 2013, Ireland.