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Leading Learning program: apply now

Deborah Burt, Director, People & Corporate Sustainability, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Sydney Leadership 2007 graduate on the cover of the Leading Learning brochure

Leading Learning: The Purpose, Role & Practice of Leadership Development is a first for Australia: an intensive 6 day masterclass designed especially for senior professionals with responsibility for leadership and change.

Focusing on the act of leadership development as, in itself, a leadership challenge, Leading Learning is an opportunity to discover SLA's innovative and powerful approach to leadership development, which combines the Adaptive Leadership model taught by Professor Ron Heifetz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with rigorous community engagement. SLA teaches leadership with social purpose and it teaches Adaptive Leadership the way it is meant to be taught - hands-on, in real time.

Participants in our 2011 program reported a powerful and unexpected learning experience that delivered real, practical skills with immediate applicability. MORE >

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Sydney Leadership 2012 kicks off

Doug Taylor, CEO, United Way, Australia, and Sydney Leadership 2004 graduate, on the cover of the Sydney Leadership 2012 Directory.Senior decision-makers from business, government and not-for-profits embark on a year-long leadership journey starting this month in Sydney. Organisations involved include GetUp! Stockland, GenerationOne,  the RAAF, the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, Johnson & Johnson Medical and Suncorp.

Other participants in the year-long Sydney Leadership program, which starts on 22 February, include an investigation officer with the Australian Human Rights Commission, a mining consultant and the director of the National Ageing Research Institute and consultant to the CSIRO.

Download the Sydney Leadership 2012 Directory and/or read our Sydney Leadership 2012 media release.

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2011: An exciting year of growth for SLA

A group of Sydney Leadership alumni pose for the cover of a forthcoming prospectus for philanthropic investment in SLA programs and activitiesMore than 630 people discovered a new approach to leadership as SLA expanded its work with new programs and customised approaches for diverse new clients in business, government and the community in 2011. This represents a 20% increase on last year’s numbers, in a total of 27 programs in Queensland, NSW and Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Many more attended one of our compelling new series of hands-on workshops and leadership ‘hot topic' seminars in Sydney and Brisbane, with issues and themes including:

* The leadership risks and opportunities when authority is under scrutiny
* Social leadership’s role in growing capability and innovation
* Leadership in a time of crisis and change and
* Exercising leadership and staying ‘on purpose’ while working with the media. MORE >

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New Director for SLA

L-R: Robbie Macpherson, Liz Skelton and Geoff Aigner at the Sydney launch of Leadership Beyond Good Intentions in June 2011The Head of Social Leadership Australia, Robbie Macpherson, has announced he will be leaving his role at the end of the year.

Robbie started with The Benevolent Society eleven years ago as one of the program directors for Sydney Leadership and became Head of Social Leadership Australia (SLA) in 2006. Since then he has overseen the growth and expansion of the centre from a single program for 30 leaders to a thriving social business which consults on adaptive issues and delivers dozens of customised and open enrolment leadership programs each year. SLA now works with hundreds of people who are interested in making positive change in their world across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors.

“The decision to leave has not been an easy one to make,” said Robbie. 

“My belief in the work of SLA and The Benevolent Society is completely undiminished. I have enjoyed the most incredibly challenging, stimulating and rewarding decade or so, and have had the privilege of working alongside an incredible group of committed, skilled colleagues.  MORE >

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Scholarships for Sydney Leadership 2012

Six new Sydney Leadership Scholarships open now

Applications are open until Wednesday 2 November 2011 for full and partial scholarships for Sydney Leadership 2012 – one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs.

Worth up to $16,500, the scholarships are for people who would not be financially able to access the program and whose work is driving positive social change. They are targeted at: MORE >

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