The challenges facing Higher Education (HE) require a distinct leadership approach that recognises both change required to meet the demands of complex, ambiguous environments and the diversity of disciplinary approaches that contribute to a university (Becher 1987, 1989). While multiple theories abound about leadership outside HE, it is claimed that academic leadership is different as it exists in a highly specialised and professional, non hierarchical environment. This has led to much discussion about what constitutes leadership in Higher Education and how to build systematic, multi-facetted collaborative leadership capacity (Marshal 2006). This session will introduce an Action Self Enabling Reflective Tool (ASERT) that has been developed from the experience of four institutions in projects funded by the ALTC to built leadership capacity in learning and teaching using a distributed leadership approach. This empirical experience has been combined with the literature upon distributed leadership that is emerging from the UK and USA to develop a useful tool for further development. The ASERT is a holistic tool includes both a Self Evaluative grid and Self Reflective prompts to assist Institutions to build upon and develop leadership capacity through distributed leadership across the university. The session will be facilitated by the ALTC Project leader and designed as an interactive opportunity to explore the applicability of the ASERT in assisting HE Institutions to use a distributed leadership approach to build leadership capacity.