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.

Launch of National Leadership Survey

Posted by Synergistiq
27th February 2013

Are you a leader in the community, public or private sector?

We want to hear from you via the

Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good


 The Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading For The Common Good will explore:

·         The extent to which contemporary leaders in the 21st century believe they have a responsibility to contribute to the common good by influencing or creating positive social change

·         The challenges and opportunities for leaders. MORE >

FAR REACHING LEADERSHIP: Leadership development for early career leaders in the social sector

Posted by Jo Taylor
13th February 2013

In 2008, FAR Social Enterprise (Jackie Ruddock SL2006 and Jo Taylor SL2004) was lucky enough to get some funding from the Westpac Foundation to look into the training and development needs (focusing on leadership and management) in the not for profit sector.  It was a collaborative piece developed involving many of the SL alumni including Roger West (SL2001) and Doug Taylor (SL 2004) and the report was written by David Hardie (SL2004) and Jenni Illoski. Many others from the alumni took part in the focus groups (thank you!) What we found out won't surprise many of you but we took the recommendations and were able to create a program with other members of SL Alumni - Meredith Turnbull (SL 2007) and Althea McKenzie (SL2008) to focus on development for people at the start of their leadership journey within the not for profit sector. FAR Reaching was born, closely followed by FAR Sighted, for those further ahead on their journey.  Those early incarnations were a sucess and Meredith is looking to run the programs again this year with a new cohort.  I've put the blurb for FAR Reaching below and if you are interested check out Meredith's website www.adaptiveprojects.org or give her a call 0437880101

  MORE >

Seeking a volunteer board member for SHINE for Kids

Posted by Helen Wiseman
12th February 2013

SHINE for Kids is a not for profit organisation that supports children who are impacted by having a parent in the criminal justice system.  These are children, aged 0-21, who face the trauma of losing Mum or Dad to prison. Aside from their grief and challenges in understanding what has happened to them and their family, these children can find themselves socially, economically and politically isolated.  Then there is the stigma that they can face even though they are also victims of the criminal justice system.  Affected kids come from all sections and geographies of society but the issue often "hidden". Children from an aboriginal background are unfortunately over-represented (20% of the kids SHINE for Kids helps).

SHINE for Kids operates in NSW (metro and regional), ACT and Victoria.  Our head office is based at Silverwater and our board meetings take place on Wednesday evenings in Sydney CBD. MORE >

Race for Change

Posted by Meg Russell
1st February 2013

This week we are 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 government and other organisations. Teams will race against each other and raise money for The Benevolent Society while doing so!


Please pass this on to your network and to your staff and their networks to encourage more teams to register and raise money. 


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




Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good

Posted by Synergistiq
30th January 2013



 Are you a leader in the community, public or private sector?

We want to hear from you via the

Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good MORE >

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