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    ‘Instincts to lead’: on leadership, peace, and education

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    ‘Instincts to lead’: on leadership, peace, and education

    Donald Markwell

    With a preface by Elliot F GersonAmerican Secretary of the Rhodes Trust

    ISBN: 9781922168702
    Paperback, 474 pages
    Price: $44.95

    In creating the scholarships that bear his name, Cecil Rhodes had two great objectives: the promotion of public-spirited leadership and of harmony between nations. His vision was that these could be achieved by giving life-changing educational opportunities to outstanding young people with ‘instincts to lead’, and so contributing to a network of people-to-people relations between countries.

    In this volume, the former global head of the Rhodes Scholarships, Dr Donald Markwell – the first Rhodes Scholar to hold that position – discusses how good leadership can be promoted, drawing on examples of leaders from Nelson Mandela to Margaret Thatcher, as well as other leaders in politics, education, culture, intellectual thought, and more.

    The vision of Cecil Rhodes to promote international peace through scholarships that would create ‘educational relations’ between countries is illustrated here through the experience of the German Rhodes Scholarships in the 20th century, and points to the value of scholarships to engage China and other countries in the 21st century. A scholar of international relations, Dr Markwell also discusses other approaches to promoting peace and preventing war.

    In papers from his experience as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia and as Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, Dr Markwell discusses the spirit of a university, the value of liberal education, and the importance of collegiate education and of student engagement in the extra-curricular life of a university campus. These are educational values which the Rhodes Scholarships have promoted, and which are important to prepare students well for the challenges of a century of global forces and rapid change.

    About the author

    Rhodes Scholar for Queensland for 1981, Dr Donald Markwell served as Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford (2009-12); as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia (2007-09); as Warden of Trinity College, University of Melbourne (1997-2007); and as Fellow & Tutor in Politics at Merton College, Oxford (1986-97). He has headed the Menzies Research Centre, an Australian public policy think tank, since 2012. 

    Praise for papers in this collection:

    ‘Don Markwell’s rich discussion of transformational leadership reflects his own deep experience as a transformative leader in both the global Rhodes community and the University of Western Australia. In this very thoughtful collection, Markwell engages head-on with the significant challenges and opportunities of the current century, including the rapid rise of Asia and the need for world-class education.’
    Dominic Barton 
    Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Rhodes Trustee

    ‘In our fast changing and globalising world, the tasks to ensure peace and prosperity become ever more daunting. By combining thoughts on leadership and education, Don Markwell provides many valuable insights in how great leaders and great institutions have brought about the necessary change, often in very challenging circumstances. Especially in times of growing scepticism in the world, he shows us many paths of how to get things done.’
    Dr Hans-Paul Buerkner
    Chairman of The Boston Consulting Group, Chairman of the Association of German Rhodes Scholars

    ‘Don Markwell brings to the pages of this collection his striking qualities of depth of vision and enthusiasm of purpose - but, above all, his passionate belief in the importance of individual agency and leadership. His essays, seeded throughout with self-effacing wit, are thought-provoking, often profound and informative, but above all hopeful in their belief in our own capacity to make a difference to the world we live in.’
    Justice Edwin Cameron
    Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, General Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Southern Africa

    ‘This collection represents an important contribution to the legacy left by Cecil Rhodes when he established the Rhodes Scholarships over a century ago. Dr. Donald Markwell’s reflections capture and advance Rhodes’ vision of global leadership, international understanding, and liberal education, and provide important guidance for emerging leaders in the 21st century.’
    Justice Eileen E Gillese
    Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada

    ‘Don Markwell’s collection of essays captures admirably the spirit of leadership, whether in the fields of statesmanship, or education, or the realm of culture and ideas. Equally, Don’s own career in academia and university leadership encapsulates many of the qualities most needed for success in those fields. Like time spent in Don’s company, this collection promises instruction, information, and enjoyment.’
    Professor Andrew D Hamilton
    Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

    ‘I have personally benefited from Don's nurturing of “instincts to lead”, from my first meeting with him at the Constitution Hill Precinct in South Africa to our many interactions at Rhodes House. I feel privileged that my time in Oxford coincided with his term as Warden and am excited that the wisdom he so generously shared with all of us, as we endeavoured to carve out our own paths, is available for everyone to share in this lovely book.’
    Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso
    Doctor and prize-winning author, Rhodes Scholar for South Africa

    ‘This book is an insightful, incisive and thoughtful exploration of leadership in education by a leading scholar.’
    Professor Alan Robson AO
    Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia (2004-12)

    ‘Don was a magnificent Warden at Rhodes House, the steward of a global institution committed to producing exceptional leaders. In his three years as Warden, the Rhodes Trust underwent a complete transformation. Don led the way by giving completely of himself, and achieved a staggering amount. All of us benefited from his vision, humility and grace. He is a true leader, and his warmth, energy, research and passion shine through in these speeches. I have enjoyed listening to his speeches, and I encourage you to learn about leadership, as also the fine craft of writing compelling speeches.’
    Prashant Sarin
    Partner, Bain & Company, New Delhi, India

    ‘In these elegant speeches and essays, Don Markwell gives us a beautifully articulated vision of leadership. Ranging from Australia to Oxford to South Africa, from the 19th century to the 21st, Markwell draws on history, the stories of inspiring individuals and his own deep experience of higher education to give us much-needed wisdom for our institutions and communities today.’
    Very Revd Dr Jane Shaw
    Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    Formerly Dean of Divinity, New College, Oxford

    ‘Drawing on his own considerable experience, Dr. Markwell has made the case very well, writing with grace, knowledge, understanding and conviction. [We] are much in his debt.’
    Professor Thomas H B Symons 
    Founding President, Trent University, Canada

    Table of Contents

     Preface – by Elliot F Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust

     Part I: On leadership
      i. ‘Instincts to lead’: leadership for Africa’s and the world’s future
     ii. Developing leaders for a world of global forces and rapid change
     iii. Leadership in colleges: ‘Hermione Granger and the University of Macau’
     iv. Leadership in churches: the challenge of creative leadership
     v. Ideas into action 

    Part II: On leaders
      i. Nelson Mandela, Bram Fischer, and George Bizos: the courage to resist
     ii. F W de Klerk: the wisdom to reform
     iii. Margaret Thatcher: Conservative agent of international change
     iv. Yvonne McComb King: ‘if the trumpet give an uncertain sound’
     v. Sir Zelman Cowen: ‘a touch of healing’
     vi. Quentin Bryce and Amanda Bell: champions of women’s leadership and of mentoring
     vii. Alan Gilbert: the leader as story-teller and entrepreneur
     viii. John Hirst: historian, public intellectual, and active citizen
     ix. David Alexander: the Rhodes ideal and liberal education
     x. Rex Nettleford: leader in Caribbean culture and education
     xi. David Hatendi: the gift of charm
     xii. Noel Nannup: educator on Indigenous heritage 
     xiii. Nicholas Hasluck: leader in literature and law

    Part III: On peace
      i. ‘To render war impossible’: the Rhodes Scholarships, educational relations between countries, and peace
     ii. The German Rhodes Scholarships: ‘an early peace movement’
     iii. Scholarships for China
     iv. John Maynard Keynes: economic paths to war and peace
     v. ‘A force for internationalism’: why study the Commonwealth?
     vi. Some scholars of war and peace: Sir Keith Hancock, Hedley Bull, R J Vincent, Geoffrey Jukes

    Part IV: On education
     i. ‘A large and liberal education’
     ii. Working together to become ‘world class’ universities
     iii. ‘The spirit of a university’
     iv. Liberty and liberality: Oxford and Cambridge for a global future
     v. Universities and contemporary society: civility in a free society
     vi. The value of university residential colleges
     vii. On ‘breadth’: liberal education for tomorrow’s world
     viii. A consultation process for curriculum reform: the Review of Course Structures at UWA
     ix. The teaching-research nexus
     x. Assuring academic quality: what makes an effective Academic Board?
     xi. Supporting the best student experience for the 21st century
     xii. Welcoming new Rhodes Scholars: intellect, character, leadership, and service
     xiii. Welcoming Rhodes alumni
     xiv. ‘Still for ever, fare thee well!’

    Part V: ‘Love is stronger than death’

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