Created to radically develop Australia’s executive talent pool, the Advanced Leadership Program is enabling the advancement of elite women across all sectors and industries. During a career-defining 12 month journey, participants engage in a deep exploration of their own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as they relate to building and maintaining highly effective organisational communities. Working collaboratively with a cohort of their peers, participants rapidly accelerate their career potential and become part of an exclusive network of exceptional leaders. ​

The Advanced
Leadership Program

Supporting the advancement of Australia’s elite female leaders

Psychometric Assessment​

Participants undertake a psychometric assessment which provides meaningful insight into their personality, characteristics, values, strengths and derailers. Known as the ‘Hogan Leadership Forecast Series’, the assessment generates three development reports based on the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI). Each report offers detailed information regarding the characteristics, competencies, and values that underlie how the participant approaches work and leadership and how they interact with others in the workplace. These assessments are designed to bring together three distinct aspects of personality to provide strategic self-awareness and assist in identifying key areas for development.​

Face-to-face and Online Workshops​

Through the workshops participants explore a variety of challenging themes and scenarios linked to the core responsibilities and opportunities of organisational leadership. The workshops deeply immerse participants in the subject matter, leading to important insights and learning informed by collective experience.​

Executive Coaching​

Through the executive coaching, participants take a deep dive into their individual situations and experiences and explore. Through expert guidance and advice, participants learn how to operationalise new awareness and insight and develop success orientated behaviours and mindsets. WLA has designed a rigorous, best-practice approach to coaching which adheres to the code of ethics established by the International Coach Federation. Through this approach, the participant commits to a considered Development Action Plan aligned with the needs of their stakeholders. The aim of this approach is to equip participants with actual strategies to enable them to overcome their individual challenges.​

Self-directed Learning​

Self-directed learning content is accessible 24/7 via a state-of-the-art online learning management system that allows participants to engage with it any time from any device. Content includes high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, workplace activities and reflective tasks.​​

Online Community of Practice​

Throughout the program, participants are free to connect with each other 24/7 through the online community of practice and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.​

Program Preparation

Module 1: Mindful Leadership

Psychometric Assessment

Executive Coaching Session One

Module 2: Presence and Communication

Module 3: Building Resilience

Executive Coaching Session Two

Module 4: Foundations of the Empowered Team

Module 5: Building High Performance Teams

Executive Coaching Session Three

Module 6: Strategic Leadership and Innovation

Module 7: Leading Change

Executive Coaching Session Four

Module 8: Career Focus​


Program Elements

The Advanced Leadership Program is delivered through a sophisticated blend of face-to-face workshops, interactive webinars, executive coaching and self-directed learning. These elements are coordinated through a state of the art learning management system and carefully structured to enable participants to realise exceptional outcomes whilst continuing to be highly present and effective in their workplace environment. 

and fees

All applicants enrolling into the Advanced Leadership Program must satisfy WLA’s admissions criteria and adhere to standard admissions policies and procedures. Enrolments are at the discretion of the WLA Admissions Department. Enrolment details may be obtained by contacting the WLA Admissions Department.

The program enrolment fee is $18,990. The enrolment fee covers all tuition and coaching, program related materials and access to the WLA online learning portal. The enrolment fee does not cover travel and accommodation costs associated with attendance at the face-to-face elements of the program.



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Program Modules

Segmented into eight distinct but complimentary modules The Advanced Leadership program engages participants in a comprehensive exploration of effective personal and organisational leadership practice. Purpose designed to stretch experienced leaders beyond their comfort zone, the Advanced Leadership Program equips participants to take genuine ownership of their responsibilities as a senior leader.

Mindful Leadership​

Participants take a deep dive into the traits and behaviours that define exceptional leaders. This day introduces participants a values-based leadership framework as they explore the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership. Participants consider how to optimally synthesise their personal values with their organisation’s to build a value-based culture.​

This module reflects on the importance and the dynamics of strategic leadership before moving into a scenario based case study using a variety of strategic problem-solving tools. Participants explore ways to take an active role in redesigning the role of their team, function or organisation in order to achieve the organisation’s objectives. This work includes building the skills to innovate within the real constraints of their own situations.​

Career Focus​

The Career Focus module focuses on building a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for each participant. Within the context and expectations of their own workplace, participants consider the steps required to fully leverage their experience in the Advanced Leadership Program and realise their leadership potential.​

Presence and Communication​

Participants explore their own preferred style of communicating and the possible implications of their style on colleagues both up and down their reporting lines. The module’s focus is on building effective leadership presence and communicating at different levels - interpersonal, team and organisational.​

In the Building Resilience module, participants learn how to manage one’s self and lead others when faced with unexpected change and adversity. Participants explore strategies to build a culture of change readiness and model behaviours which expand possibilities for others around them. The important related issues of individual and team wellness are also considered.​

In the Foundations of Empowered Team module, participants explore the practical implications of managing diverse and challenging teams. Participants examine the qualities shared by high-performing teams and identify effective strategies to foster cultures that place a premium on collaboration and collective effort to achieve optimal team results.​

The Performance DNA module examines commitment, accountability, resistance and conflict as fundamental ingredients in strong and effective leadership. Participants identify key principles that enable groups to achieve outstanding results, consistent with organisational objectives. This module also covers techniques involved in handling difficult conversations coaching others and building individual capability.​

Pathway Opportunities  

An academic partnership with Monash University is now enabling female professionals across the country to gain credit towards the Master of Leadership through their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program. Under the partnership, ALP graduates are able to apply for 12 credit points via specified credit for Leadership studies unit (EDF5670) towards the internationally respected Master of Leadership. This equates to 25% of the qualification

For more information please contact the WLA Admissions Department on 1300 735 904.

Monash University

Leading Change​

The Leading Change module focuses on the critical importance of leadership in the change process. Participants build on their thinking from the previous module to look at the inevitable challenges of implementation. Decision making, risk, planning and change management approaches are applied to case studies where participants critically discuss the application of relevant theory, Participants also examine leadership challenges during times of acute crisis and pressure.​

Building Resilience​

Foundations of the Empowered Team​

Building High Performance Teams​

Strategic Leadership and Innovation​

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