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Taking the lead in professional development

09 Jul 2010

The Take the Lead seminar series is an opportunity for human resources (HR) professionals to hear from leading University of Sydney experts about the latest trends in HR and people management as well as network with other HR professionals.

The links between personality, emotional intelligence and work performance were some of the thought provoking issues raised during the inaugural Take the Lead seminar.

Associate Professor John Shields from the faculty's Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies in the faculty presented the first of these professional learning and development seminars which was attended by more than 50 leading HR professionals from across Sydney.

Associate Professor Shields shared the latest research and conceptual debates on the role of human personality in work performance. The talk unpacked debates about personality as a construct, debates about the validity and reliability of personality assessment for staffing purposes (especially performance management), and the implications, challenges and possibilities for HR practice. He also discussed evidence and argument concerning the relationship between personality and emotional intelligence and what this may mean for HR practice.

A respected expert in the area of human resource management research and teaching, and in particular, performance and reward management and executive remuneration, Associate Professor Shields shared his latest research findings on psychology and work performance with the enthusiastic audience during the breakfast seminar:

"I really welcome opportunities such as these to engage directly with practitioners and I always feel a great sense of excitement about the opportunities for sharing cutting-edge research findings information with my HR professionals colleagues and the two-way learning that this kind of event inspires."

To receive information about the next seminar in the Take the Lead series visit