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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Join us in Martin Place all day on 8th May for The Benevolent Society's 200th Birthday

Posted by Rachael Vincent
3rd May 2013


Big Benevolent Birthday

Australia’s first and oldest charity, The Benevolent Society is celebrating our 200th birthday on 8 May 2013!

We are marking our 200 year history of helping people change their lives and driving social change.

The Benevolent Society was founded in Sydney in 1813 and fought for many social supports Australians take for granted today, including free legal aid, the old age pension, the end of child labour and high quality maternity care.

Come down to Martin Place where our world-first convertible mobile kitchen will be set up and join the celebrations.

Events include:

7.00am Cooking demonstration by celebrity chefs Sammy and Bella from “My Kitchen Rules”.

9.00am Our CEO, Anne Hollonds, will cut our giant birthday cake, joined by members of NSW Parliament.

10.00am Cooking demonstrations in our mobile kitchen by our Taste Food Tour guides and “Dirty Girl Kitchen” founder and chef Rebecca Sullivan

2.30pm Live performance from young vocalists – Bankstown Talent Advancement Program. MORE >

The most important leadership question we can ask: "Why?"

Posted by Geoff Aigner
10th April 2013


In an increasingly complex and competitive world, success belongs to those organisations with a clearly articulated and shared purpose.

If we think of our organisation as a dress shop what would be its purpose? Are we here to sell clothes? Are we running a supply chain? Or are we delivering a return to shareholders? All these things are essential but they don’t explain why my shop is different from yours, why an investor will give me money rather than you or why an employee will shine in the service of my product. Perhaps most importantly these kinds of answers won’t explain why a customer will walk into my shop and buy something and keep coming back.

What’s missing is purpose. The kind of purpose that inspires employees and excites customers. Without it we can’t expect innovation, employee engagement, price premiums or customer loyalty. Nor is there any way of co-ordinating and prioritising all the other important stuff—the hangers, the labels and the supply chain. MORE >

Learning Stones: Creating a place for cultural engagement in schools

Posted by John Murray
12th March 2013

Last year I attended Social Leadership Intensive for Indigenous Leaders program in Sydney and would like to share part of the journey I am on. The project I created is 'Learning Stones': a safe space to initiate conversations for indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike.

Developing Cultural Meeting Places

The Learning Stones initiative is the combined work of families, schools and community groups to build stronger ties and greater awareness of local indigenous culture.

To date in South Gippsland and Bass Coast, the Learning Stones project has 35 sites in every State Primary and Secondary school / 1 catholic school / 1 TAFE/ 7 Kindergartens and Coal Creek Heritage Village at various stages of development. Four schools have already had official openings and 3 – 5 openings in term 2 are planned.

There has been wide interest shown in other areas in regards to the project - Frankston/ Sale/ Barinsdale/ Fountian Gate/ Pakenham - in Moe there have started to create a Learning Stone site at Elizabeth St primary school.  MORE >

Hot Topic: Collaboration Masterclass closing soon

Posted by Meg Russell
4th March 2013

On Wednesday 27 February, Social Leadership Australia held its first breakfast event of the year, 'Why Collaborations Fail and What it Takes to Succeed.' Organiser, Julie Ahern described the event as a success. “Clearly Collaboration is a hot topic because we had more than 97 people in the room and they were all hanging on every word of Liz Skelton's presentation.” Read on and find out how you can enrol in the Masterclass: The Art & Skill of Collaboration from 21 - 23 March. 

The session explored the pitfalls of collaboration and how to overcome them and was a prelude to a longer three day masterclass on the subject to be held from 21 – 23 March. MORE >

The Race for Change

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
28th February 2013

As you are may be aware, The Benevolent Society is launching the Race for Change - a corporate team bike race established in 2013 to celebrate our 200 years anniversary! This is targeted at teams of keen cyclists in the corporate world but could also be of interest to others. Teams will race against each other and raise money for The Benevolent Society while doing so!


Please pass this on to your network to encourage more teams to register and raise $$.  


All details can be found on the website - please click through below.

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/raceforchange/registertowin MORE >

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