The SLA online community is a place for connecting and networking with people who are engaged in creating a new culture of leadership in Australia. People interested in real leadership for real progress – whatever that might mean to us.

Originally a network of SLA program graduates, dating back to 1999, with the launch of this new website, the

SLA 'community' has now expanded to include anyone who is passionate about new approaches to leadership to create the change we want to see in the world.


The SLA Team

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Once you become a member you can interact with colleagues by blogging, participate in online discussions, post news and events, advertise job opportunities, share resources and search for expertise amongst other members by area of interest.

Our aim has been to keep the site as simple and intuitive as possible. Having said that, we realise there may be some fine-tuning to do. And we encourage you to feedback if there’s anything you think we need to work on.

How this site works will be determined by the culture established by its users.

Okay, so where do I start?

Complete your profile

Click on "your profile" tab top right then select edit on your profile page.

A completed profile will enable others to connect with you, discover what you are doing, what you have done, your projects and interests. SLA receives many enquiries about connecting with individuals with leadership training and experience and about projects and initiatives that are underway or in development. An up to date profile will enable greater connections and increased opportunities.

Please let us know what you are working on, what your challenges are and how the SLA Community might be able to help. There is an abundance of knowledge and experience between us.


Interested in a particular issue? Want to link in with other people who share the same interest? Click on a tag in the tag cloud (bottom right) to get a listing of all the relevant content that has been posted. Click on the post author to view their profile and find details of what they are doing around this issue. Explore ways to link in.

Post - Event - Job - Resource

Post information you’d like to share with the network – photos, videos, research papers, your upcoming event, job opportunities, articles or links to other sites and projects.

Click the relevant action under 'ADD NEW >>' to share your information with the network.

Content Guidelines

This site was built to encourage rigorous debate and you should freely express yourself and your point of view while treating others with courtesy and respect.

You are responsible for any content you post and should be aware that what you post can remain online indefinitely and may be found through search engines or online archives.

There are a number of opportunities provided for showcasing, publishing and linking to your work. But please do not use the community for undue or unsuitable promotion. This could take the form of: off-topic or repeated promotion of personal activity, commercial or professional services, or other websites/networks; fundraising activity; or repeated linking or spamming behaviour. The SLA Community welcomes collaboration and integration with the work of other people, organisations and networks - but not without relevance to the community.

If you refer to information you found on this site we ask that you acknowledge the SLA Community and attribute the URL of the relevant SLA Community page.


Tell us what you think in a new post or by adding a comment to a "feedback" post. We're interested in your feedback on the site – let us know if there’s something you’d like to see, or raise any concerns about current content.

The Way Forward - a speech by Sydney Leadership 2013

Posted by Brenna Hobson
12th November 2013

The Way Forward - a speech by Sydney Leadership 2013

Spoken and published by Brenna Hobson on behalf of the Sydney Leadership 2013 graduates at the Sydney Leadership 2013 graduation ceremony

View the 2013 Sydney Graduate Directory Here

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 >

MindUP Training session (20 November) or Information session (19 November)

Posted by Jo Singleton
11th November 2013

As part of our Shaping Brains initiative, The Benevolent Society has been delivering MindUP™ to children (ages 5-12) in variety of setting including within school classes, preschool and within community services programs.  As part of this initiative The Benevolent Society has been accredited as the only Trainers of MindUP Instructors in Australia.  We have recently commenced running  MindUP™ training programs across Australia as a professional development opportunity for school and early childhood teachers, guidance officers, counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists and anyone who works with children aged between 5 and 13.  Used successfully in schools throughout the UK and the US MindUp™ is an excellent program to help support children cope with the troubles of today.

What is MindUP™? MORE >

Margaret Wheatley coming to Australia in November

Posted by Anonymous
21st October 2013

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, world renown leader and author in the fields of community advocacy, leadership and organisation development will be in Australia in November, running three workshops:




Alumni Community of Practice

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
10th October 2013

Are you a Social Leadership Australia alumnus?

Join us for the next Community of Practice in your area.

Social Leadership Australia’s regular ‘Community of Practice’ evening events are a space for continued learning for our alumni.

All alumni are warmly encouraged to participate by bringing their issues and insights to the group, and engaging in a facilitated learning discussion with their peers.

Discussions work best when they focus on a particular adaptive challenge or issue an alumnus is grappling with, with real learning arising from working with ‘real-life’ situations.

The Community of Practice meetings are a way to generate new ideas to help you make progress in your leadership challenges, and of course they are a great opportunity to reconnect.

All alumni are sent regular invitations to these free events, so check your inbox, our program calendar, or get in touch with us today.


Not an alumnus but interested in getting involved?

Why not attend our next hot topic breakfast session where you can be introduced to Social Leadership Australia? Check out our yearly calendar to find the next breakfast being held near you.

Don’t miss out: Applications close 18 October for the 2014 Sydney Leadership Program

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
2nd October 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

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 >

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