Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from eight universities have collaborated to explore institutional leadership from Indigenous perspectives through a project funded by Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) leadership grant (2006-2008). The project set out to strengthen institutional leadership capacity to enable participant institutions to develop and deliver culturally appropriate and relevant Indigenous teaching and learning programs.

Project leaders Batchelor Institute and Australian Catholic University collaborated with University of South Australia, Flinders University and Griffith University from Australia and Sitting Bull Colleges, University of Victoria and University of Calgary from North America. In this paper, the authors share projects undertaken within their institutions based on a values-based tool for transforming institutional leadership practices, structures and conditions, generated by the project called the Institutional Leadership Paradigm (ILP).