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Toby Newstead

Lecturer in Management
Tasmanian School of Business & Economics

Building A , Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3127 (phone)

Toby.Newstead@utas.edu.au

Courage. Generosity. Respect. Integrity. Compassion. Justice. Humility. Virtues such as these exist in potential within all people. The cultivation and development of virtues is lifelong and deeply intertwined with our practices of leadership. Leadership, quite simply, is the process of getting people to do something. Good leadership, is leading with virtue – it is seeing the virtues in your own and others behavior and calling on virtues such as diligence, excellence, care, and respect to get people to do something in a way that is both moral and effective.

But how do you develop the capacity to lead with virtue? How do you develop virtues? How do you refine your practice of good leadership? One University of Tasmania researcher is on a mission to find out how to cultivate virtues to facilitate the next generation of good leaders.

Cultivating virtues to facilitate good leadership

University of Tasmania lecturer Toby Newstead grew up on a small island off the coast of south-west Canada. The island was made up of a tight knit community that placed a high value on independence and acceptance. Dr Newstead says her upbringing sparked a desire to share this sense of connection and community beyond the island.

“My field of research draws on positive organizational inquiry, exploring phenomena like thriving, flourishing, meaningful relationships and positive leadership. These are some of the factors that are the building blocks of a successful community that I recognized from my upbringing and I wanted to see if these ideas could be applied in the business realm to create good leaders.”

The Virtues Project in practice

Newstead made her way around the world before landing in Launceston, where she worked at a boutique change agency that assisted businesses with strategy, leadership, culture and wellbeing for nearly a decade. Working with numerous leaders from various backgrounds, Newstead used a program that was implemented in her own secondary education, called The Virtues Project. The Virtues Project was initially developed to help young students identify virtues that build a person’s character.

“When they make that personal shift the positive change that they can have in their organisations is profound.”

“While in the field, I learned that every single leader is a person first. It’s when the leader as a person opens up and enhances their self-awareness, builds their personal accountability, and finds their inherent motivation to improve and grow, it’s then that their leadership practices and processes take off,” says Newstead.

Newstead used the principals of The Virtues Project project with her clients, and after witnessing the success of this program, she wanted to know what type of outcomes leaders would have if they themselves went through the program’s training. This lead Newstead to complete her PhD. She wanted to understand if the principals and strategies from The Virtues Project could be applied to help develop leaders. Upon the completion of her PhD, Newstead’s research confirmed her ideas around this project.

“Following the study, leaders reported that The Virtues Project training set them up with a positive framework to provide feedback, training them to identify behaviors through virtues instead of task outcomes.

“Behavior was now examined in different ways and communication with subordinates, peers, and superiors was enhanced. These outcomes evidence positive outcomes associated with a virtues-based approach to leadership development.”

Virtues based work from personal life to practice

While the outcomes of this study are beneficial for business leaders, Newstead says the project’s foundations and virtues-based work are valuable across all facets of her life - from parenting to consulting and in the classroom with her students at The University of Tasmania.

“I’ve personally experienced the impact from this research on virtues-based work. When we, as people, start to look deeper than behavior and outcomes it opens up an entirely new and powerful way to view one another.

“In my next study, I’d like to extend the virtues training to other employees within a company, equipping everyone to possess these virtues-based strategies.”

As a lecturer and industry partner with The University of Tasmania, Newstead brings what she has learned in her research and as a consultant into the classroom.

“With a student-centered approach, my teaching is informed by my practice. I view my students as I would my leadership clients and look to deliver as much value to them as I can.”

Toby Newstead is lecturer in management with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. Her research focus is leadership development, and she teaches into units including organizational behaviour, leadership, and management ethics. Toby is passionate about bridging the theory / practice divide. She does so by providing students current, industry relevant learning opportunities, and by producing research that offers tangible benefit to practicing leaders and their organizations.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Toby was a leadership development practitioner with SRA Corporate Change.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award

PhD

Virtues-based leadership development: A conceptual analysis and evaluation of The Virtues Project

University of Tasmania

Australia

2019

Bachelor of Arts, Professional Communications

 

Royal Roads University

Canada

2009

Teaching

Organizational behaviour, management ethics, leadership, leadership ethics

Teaching responsibility

  • BMA247, Organizational Behaviour (discontinued)
  • BMA328, Leadership in Organizations
  • BMA701 Leadership and Change Management
  • BMA735, Management Ethics

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Expertise

Research Themes

Toby’s primary research interest is how to develop good leadership, which aligns to the University’s research theme of Better Health. The greatest responsibility of leadership is to create the conditions for flourishing, however, for many people, work is characterized by burnout, stress, anxiety, low engagement, and meaninglessness, all of which can detrimentally effect health. Most of us spend more waking time at work than anywhere else, therefore it is essential that we understand how to foster better health at work. Toby’s research contributes to better health by seeking to advance understanding of how to develop good leadership, where leaders are skilled and equipped to create the conditions within which people can flourish.

Fields of Research

  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Entrepreneurship (350704)
  • Leadership (350707)
  • Organisation and management theory (350709)
  • Applied ethics (500199)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Human resources management (350503)
  • Environmental sociology (441002)
  • Allied health and rehabilitation science (420199)
  • Not-for-profit business and management (350708)
  • Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors) (520104)
  • Business ethics (500102)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services (280106)
  • Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics) (130306)
  • Business ethics (130302)
  • Management (150302)
  • Unpaid work and volunteering (230504)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences (280101)
  • Weather (180104)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Management and productivity (150399)
  • Pacific Peoples community services (210999)
  • Religion (130599)
  • Other health (209999)

Publications

Total publications

32

Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Newstead T, 'Being explicit about virtues: analysing TED Talks and integrating scholarship to advance virtues-based leadership development', Journal of Business Ethics ISSN 1573-0697 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-021-04966-2 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Dalton L, Butler-Henderson K, Newstead T, Quinn W, 'Leading health reform: A critical review of 'leadership' within allied health competency standards', Australian Health Review, 45, (3) pp. 368-376. ISSN 0156-5788 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AH20144 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dalton L; Butler-Henderson K; Quinn W

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2020Newstead T, Dawkins S, Macklin R, Martin Angela, 'Evaluating The Virtues Project as a leadership development programme', Leadership, 16, (6) pp. 633-660. ISSN 1742-7150 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2F1742715019899845 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dawkins S; Macklin R; Martin Angela

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2019Newstead T, Dawkins S, Macklin R, Martin A, 'The Virtues Project: an approach to developing good leaders', Journal of Business Ethics ISSN 0167-4544 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-019-04163-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Dawkins S; Macklin R; Martin A

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2019Newstead T, Dawkins S, Macklin RB, Martin A, 'We don't need more leaders - we need more good leaders. Advancing a virtues-based approach to leader(ship) development', The Leadership Quarterly Article 101312. ISSN 1048-9843 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.101312 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Dawkins S; Macklin RB; Martin A

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2018Newstead T, Macklin R, Dawkins S, Martin A, 'What is virtue? Advancing the conceptualization of virtue to inform positive organizational inquiry', The Academy of Management Perspectives, 32, (4) pp. 443-457. ISSN 1558-9080 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5465/amp.2016.0162 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Macklin R; Dawkins S; Martin A

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2012Vannini P, Waskul D, Gottschalk S, Ellis-Newstead T, 'Making sense of the weather: dwelling and weathering on Canada's rain coast', Space and Culture, 15, (4) pp. 361-380. ISSN 1206-3312 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1206331211412269 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 49

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Crawford J, Newstead T, 'The cascading effect of unethical leadership', Organizational Behavior, McGraw-Hill Australia, S McShane and MA Von Glinow (ed), Sydney, Australia, pp. 384. ISBN 9781260092318 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Crawford J

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Newstead T, 'Enterprise Skills: Introduction to Personal Business Model Canvas', War on Wasted Talent Seminar Series, 21 May 2020, online (2020) [Keynote Presentation]

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2020Newstead T, 'Good leadership as informed by virtue: Exploring scholarly and public views', Academy of Management. Annual Meeting Proceedings, 7-11 August 2020 ISSN 2151-6561 (2020) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2020.13618abstract [eCite] [Details]

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2020Newstead T, Riggio RE, 'Leading with virtues: Theoretical concepts and practical strategies', 22nd International Leadership Association Annual Conference, 5 - 9 November 2020, online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2019Newstead T, Dawkins S, Macklin R, Martin A, 'Good Leadership: A Case for Virtue-based Leadership Development', 27th Annual Kravis-De Roulet Conference, 1-2 March 2019, Claremont, CA, USA (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dawkins S; Macklin R; Martin A

2017Newstead T, Macklin R, Dawkins S, Martin Angela, 'Virtues at work: A leadership development study', 7th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference: Business Ethics and the Public Interest, 10-12 December 2017, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 34-35. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Macklin R; Dawkins S; Martin Angela

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2017Sanderson KA, Martin AJ, Warnecke E, Dawkins S, Peebles D, et al., 'Workplace mental health: Co-production of an action plan for Australia', Work, Stress, and Health Conference: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities: Conference Program, 7-10 June 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota, pp. 2. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sanderson KA; Martin AJ; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Peebles D; Bartlett L; Crawford J; Memish K

Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Newstead T, 'VIRTUES-BASED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: A conceptual analysis and evaluation of The Virtues Project' (2018) [PhD]

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2018Newstead T, 'Virtues-based leadership development: a conceptual analysis and evaluation of The Virtues Project' (2018) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Lindi McMahon: building a retail and interior styling business in Launceston, Tasmania', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Amelia Padgett: founding Launceston's Amelia Cafe, and becoming a mental health practitioner', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Lola Cowle: defining a values-driven career pathway and working for community organisations', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Curly Haslam-Coates: wine educator, event organiser, and food activist in Tasmania', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Tara Howell: launching multiple businesses, including the award-winning Blue Derby Pods Ride in Tasmania', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Caroline Williamson and the transformation of Launceston's Harvest Market', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Donna Bain: sharing her passion for the volunteer and not-for-profit sectors', Shine Tasmania, Tasmania, 11 August 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Eager B, Newstead T, Lewis G, Redman S, 'Selena Palmer: Making tracks in the automotive industry', Shine Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 October 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Eager B; Lewis G

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2021Newstead T, 'Volunteers benefit Tasmania by $4 billion, why don't we value them like the paid workforce?', Drive, ABC Northern Tasmania local radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 20 May 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Newstead T, 'Leading and managing in Tasmania's volunteer sector', Breakfast, 936 AM ABC Hobart local radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 27 May 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Newstead T, Lewis G, 'Leading and Managing in Tasmania's Volunteer Sector', Volunteering Tasmania, Australia (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Lewis G

2020Newstead T, 'Leadership in a crisis: You need to ask your team these six questions', SmartCompany, Private Media Pty Ltd, online, 14 May 2020 (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2020Newstead T, 'OPINION: Leaders must show people they care', The Examiner, Launceston, Australia, 16 May 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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2020Newstead T, 'Can't see the who for all the hubris? How to overcome office egos and find the best leaders', SmartCompany, Australia (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2020Newstead T, 'Self-leadership is key to self-growth', The Mercury, Hobart, Australia, 18 June 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Martin A, Sanderson Kristy, Warnecke E, Dawkins S, Bartlett L, et al., 'An integrated approach to workplace mental health', University of Tasmania, Tasmania (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Martin A; Sanderson Kristy; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Bartlett L; Memish KE; Crawford J; Peebles D

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$3,287

Projects

Developing Good Leaders Presentation at the KDR/Leadership Quarterly Leadership Development Conference (2019)$2,787
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,787)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Newstead T
Year
2019
Teaching with Virtue: Peer Learning Circle (2019)$500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($500)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Newstead T; Kelder JC; Short M; Gale F; Murray SL
Year
2019

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDVolunteer Leadership2020
PhDVolunteer Leadership - What Makes a Good Volunteer Leader?2020
PhDVolunteer Leadership2021