Sydney Leadership - Developing purposeful leaders

15 December 2016 - 2:09pm

Invest in yourself and create significant change in your work and life with the Sydney Leadership program!

Sydney Leadership is the Benevolent Society’s annual leadership program run by Social Leadership Australia. Social Leadership Australia has become a catalyst for positive change in society, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth that inspire and connect exceptional individuals and organisations who share the passion for creating a better world. 

Sydney Leadership’s unique approach to leadership development goes beyond technical expertise. The program combines cutting edge learning methodologies with world class facilitation and teaching which uses the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model as a mechanism for engaging with complex social issues and developing skills for exercising leadership for social impact. The program is for people from across the NGO, Corporate and Government sectors who are authorised to lead change, often complex and adaptive change. People who are seeking new ways to exercise the type of leadership required to mobilise others for sustainable change.

Over 5 months, Sydney Leadership will equip participants with the knowledge, skills, experience and networks they need to work successfully across sectors, diversity of cultures, values and perspectives to create real lasting change. Participants will develop their capacity to:

  • Recognise and respond to complex, adaptive problems
  • Partner across sector, function and culture
  • Lead change in times of crisis & chaos or when faced with uncertainty & resistance
  • Develop high levels of community and  cultural awareness and link this to organisational efforts
  • Work with high self-awareness and clarity of purpose and values
  • Build resilience and confidence to lead in unfamiliar circumstances.

The Sydney Leadership program has been conducted since 1999 with 600 graduates. The Sydney Leadership alumni community is a strong and engaged life-long group. Graduates build relationships with other leaders from across private industry, government and not-for-profit sectors opening up new pathways to progress.

“I have learnt how to lead with compassion and curiosity, and empower teams. I have experienced consciously taking authority based on my learning and seen positive change in my workplace.” Clare Babbage, Territorial Manager Salvos Counselling & Specialist Services, The Salvation Army and Sydney Leadership alumnus on the Sydney Leadership program.  You can read more about previous participants and their experience with the Sydney Leadership program here. 

Scholarship opportunities available
Applications are open for Sydney Leadership 2017 scholarships, for talented Australians who have the drive to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing our nation, but not the financial means to invest in their own development.

Scholarship opportunities are available for executives or senior managers working within the government and non-government youth, health or medical sector. Find out more about scholarship opportunities here.

If you would like to know more, please visit the Sydney Leadership program page or contact us on or Samantha Cook on 02 8262 3588.

This article was featured on Pro Bono Australia website 29 November 2016.