I’d like to acknowledge Gadigal People of the Eora nation, the custodians of the land on which we meet today.
I’d also like to thank everyone at Social Leadership Australia for what has been a big, inspiring, difficult eight months. Terri, Lauren, Lisa, Geoff, Julie, Diana, and Liz particular.
This speech has been largely crowd sourced so anything that you like probably came from someone else and I thank them, anything you don’t I take full responsibility for.
So I’ve been asked to synthesise the thoughts of 25 pretty diverse people on exercising leadership, representing the values of Sydney Leadership 2013 and also providing a leadership intervention, with the words of the great American orators as inspiration, all in ten minutes. No worries mate, piece of cake. MORE >
Leaders in the community and not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a scholarship to participate in one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs in 2014.
The Sydney Leadership program is an annual, eight-month program that brings together a group of 30 leaders and emerging leaders from across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors to develop their skills to lead change with positive social impact. The program, which has run since 1999, has a reputation for providing a powerful learning experience with both immediate and long lasting impacts. Selection for the program – and for the scholarships – is competitive, but anyone with a real interest is encouraged to apply.
“This is an invitation for people with both the desire and the potential to make a real difference in their work,” said Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia. MORE >
Help The Benevolent Society raise funds to support disadvantaged children by running, jogging or walking for us as a Gold Charity participant in this year's City2Surf. As a Gold Charity participant you'll receive entry into the world's largest run, a start place in the Gold Zone which is just behind the elite and red start runners, a Benevolent Society team shirt and cap, a gold bib, fundraising support from a friendly team plus the knowledge that you are making positive change in children's lives.The race is on Sunday 11th August 2013.
Leadership capability is probably the single largest determinant of organisational success. But just how much impact are senior managers in HR, leadership and talent development really having in developing this capability?
Jane is a senior OD executive in a large business with responsibility for building leadership and change capability, but she faces a lack of recognition for the role she can play in aligning leadership development with the business strategy. (Some people like Jane do not even have a seat at the senior executive table.) Jane is largely straight-jacketed into the ‘hygiene’ functions of her role and not invited to participate in developing real culture change to drive organisational strategy/innovation. Her organisation favours external consultants when it comes to identifying strategies for cutting edge development for the organisation. She is challenged to influence senior business decision-makers from a position of informal authority.
Internally, Jane feels a disconnect with what drove her to do this work in the first place—a belief in people’s potential. She often feels a sense of isolation in working in a ‘different department’ to the rest of the organisation and a lack of collegiality. This creates uncertainty about how to leverage her authority and work politically to influence decision-making. MORE >
Sydney Leadership is a once-a-year leadership development opportunity for motivated and high talent leaders from business, government and community - people who want to make a difference in their world.
Combining the powerful Harvard Adaptive Leadership approach with direct learning in 'real-world' community settings, Sydney Leadership offers a learning experience like no other in Australia. This is a turning point program that will change how you work forever in just eight months. Learn to:
- understand and generate change on stubborn, complex programs;
- manage conflict, motivate and engage others to start working differently;
- shift the status quo and drive innovation in unexpected ways;
- open doors to new partnerships and collaborate across organisational and sector boundaries. MORE >
Social Leadership Australia—the leadership development centre at Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society— today announced $16,500 worth of scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to participate in the 2014 Sydney leadership program.
The Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships will be awarded to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders working in the NGO sector or in a significant community leadership role whose work, either directly or indirectly, is driving positive social change.
Sydney Leadership is an annual, eight-month program that brings together 30 leaders from the business, not-for-profit and government sectors. The program’s aim is to foster new leadership skills and a new determination to create positive social change.
Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, said, “Sydney Leadership is building a coalition of people across Australian business, government and not-for-profit sectors with the skills and determination to make a lasting, positive impact in the community. These scholarships represent an opportunity for Indigenous Australian leaders, businesses and communities, to benefit from this powerful program.”MORE >
SVA Consulting Quarterly Sept issue on Measurement & Evaluation features an interview with Tris Lumley, from New Philanthropy Capital in the UK, who calls on non-profit leaders to hold to and measure against clear goals.
He says that leaders need to be brave and stand by their goals and not be swayed by funders.
"It is up to the chief executive or the boards to say, ‘We need to do this stuff because it’s right, because we’re here to do the best job we possibly can for the people we are trying to help.'...
"There needs to be more focus on the brave leaders who are going to push this forward, who will communicate failures and what they’ve learnt from them, or turn down funding because it takes them away from their theory of change."