The WIL Leadership Framework

The WIL Leadership Framework Domains


Explore the framework by selecting one of the domains.




Driving Communicating Fostering Creating Shaping WIL Context description


The Framework identifies five domains of WIL leadership:

The five domains describe the capabilities that define and build WIL leadership. These capabilities can be, and often are, exhibited by WIL practitioners at any level in an institution or organisation. The WIL leadership domains are always situated within the WIL Context of the institution or organisation and are not limited to specific roles or responsibilities.

The Shaping the WIL vision domain appears in the centre of the Framework because it links together the other four domains. To shape the WIL vision, WIL leaders must create relationships, communicate and influence, foster engagement and drive outcomes. The other domains, therefore, feed from and feed into the Shaping domain. In this domain WIL leaders will: plan, articulate, influence and advocate strategy; foster a WIL culture; and enable change and innovation.

WIL leadership requires the careful development of relationships with partners, students and other practitioners. Creating and sustaining WIL relationships describes the capabilities of WIL leaders to: identify and engage with networks; collaborate with other stakeholders; and strengthen WIL culture through the nurturing of relationships.

A key domain identified by participants was the Fostering WIL engagement, expertise and student learning domain. This domain recognises that WIL leaders focus on engagement and student learning. WIL leaders operating in this domain will: develop WIL pedagogy; cultivate innovative approaches and quality experiences in WIL; and promote WIL scholarship, research and practice.

WIL leaders need to demonstrate exceptional communitcation skills to diverse audiences that not only influence student outcomes but also influence future practice. The Communicating and influencing WIL domain describes the capabilities of WIL leaders to: develop shared understandings about WIL; build sustainable WIL practice; and advocate for meaningful WIL outcomes.

The final domain, Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes, demonstrates the ability of leaders to deliver WIL. It is important for WIL leaders to recognise that these outcomes must serve the needs of students, universities and organisations. In this domain WIL leaders will: identify and manage risk; promote shared benefits; and maintain capacity for equitable outcomes.





Last Update: 9 May, 2014
Reference: Page 05