Growing Communities Together


Adaptive Leadership & Collaboration

A leadership development program delivered by Social Leadership Australia as part of The Benevolent Society's Growing Communities Together initiative to build stronger, more resilient communities in Bankstown by connecting and empowering people.

What does it mean to be a community leader?

What does community leadership look like?

Our Adaptive Leadership & Collaboration program will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the challenges their communities face as well as developing their personal leadership skills.

The program is designed to build on the existing skills of community leaders, developing their capacity to improve collaboration within their local communities to achieve better and more sustainable outcomes.

Taught in a highly interactive way — including a mixture of theory, practice, community engagement and reflection — the program will add practical value immediately by introducing participants to a different way of thinking about leadership and collaboration and equipping them with skills and tools they can apply in their professional and personal lives.

The content and structure is based on the year-long Sydney Leadership program which has been run by Social Leadership Australia since 1999.

Who is this for?

This program is targeted at change agents within the Bankstown area who are interested in making progress in their community. They may currently be in a leadership position, or aspire to take up a leadership role.

Program outline

The program will look at broad concepts as well as specific aspects of leadership and collaboration. Participants will:

  • learn to appreciate themselves as leaders and change agents
  • gain a deeper understanding of the systemic issues at play in their environment
  • learn what is required for true collaboration
  • develop their skills in exercising leadership through ‘hands-on’ practice.

Dates & Location

This is a six day program comprised of 3 x 2 day blocks on:

Tuesday 15th — Wednesday 16th February 2011

Monday 28th — Tuesday 29th March 2011

Tuesday 24th — Wednesday 25th May 2011

To allow participants to move away from their everyday environments and get an objective view of the dynamics at play, the program will be located outside of the Bankstown area. Participants will be informed of venues two weeks prior to program days


Each participant/or their organisation is required to make a contribution of $250 to secure their place and to cover core costs incurred during the program.

The Westpac Foundation is generously providing sponsorship to cover all other costs for the program.


Applicants should download and complete the Application Form provided below and submit it to the address on the form. Applications close on 16 December 2010 and places on the program are limited.

Successful applicants will be advised prior to Christmas 2010 and course materials will be made available two weeks before the start of the program.

GCT Leadership Program 2011 Brochure181.75 KB
GCT Leadership Program 2011 Application Form181.75 KB