Leading Edge

A high-impact 4-month program for emerging and aspiring women leaders, providing essential leadership skills and frameworks.

Leading Edge

Program Snapshot

Ideal for

Aspiring and emerging women leaders


Four months part-time


2 hours per week


$4,190 + GST per person
Industry scholarships are available



The program was a really enjoyable and positive experience. It is a great way to learn about practical leadership in a safe, diverse and productive environment. The workshops were really good and the facilitators were excellent. It is also helpful to do a course that is reasonably flexible from a time commitment perspective. I learnt just so much throughout the program and have been able to utilise these learnings in the workplace.

Li Huey
Leading Edge Graduate
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Program Overview

Delivered part-time over four months, Leading Edge supports aspiring and early career women managers to transition into confident, capable, and motivated leaders. The program will equip you with the knowledge and behavioural insights you need for successful leadership and guides you in the real-world application of your new skills and capabilities. Combining high-impact workshops, peer coaching, and self-paced learning, the program delivers tangible, relevant outcomes tailored to the needs of each participant.

This comprehensive leadership development program includes:

  • Two virtual workshop days
  • Four peer coaching sessions
  • Five interactive webinars
  • Capability assessment
  • Self-paced learning modules
  • A workplace application project

Upcoming Enrolment Dates

2024 DATES

August 2024
Day 1: Supporting Leadership Performance 20th August 2024, 10am – 5pm (AEST)
Webinar 1: Effective Interpersonal Communication & Feedback 10th September 2024, 1pm – 2:30pm (AEST)
Webinar 2: Emotional Intelligence and Conflict 24th September 2024, 1pm – 2:30pm (AEST)
Webinar 3: Elements of a Successful Team 8th October 2024, 12pm – 1:30pm (AEST)
Webinar 4: Leading in Times of Change 22th October 2024, 12pm – 1:30pm (AEST)
Webinar 5: Presence and Presentation Skills 12th November 2024, 12pm – 1:30pm (AEST)
Day 2: Career and Professional Growth 26th November 2024, 9am – 4pm (AEST)

As a new or aspiring leader, the Leading Edge program will help you develop the fundamental skills to set you up for success.

Dr Janet Smith
Lead Facilitator, Program Specialist and Associate Professor - Women & Leadership Australia

Participant Profile

The Leading Edge program is designed for emerging and aspiring leaders. If you're seeking your first management role or have been recently appointed to a leadership position, this course is for you.

Program cohorts include participants from a wide range of industries and is designed to provide a psychologically safe and inclusive learning environment, this program is for women and gender diverse people.

I had the most incredible experience participating in the Women & Leadership Australia Leading Edge Program. I was new to a role in leadership and was stumbling through my own development in this space. Whilst participating and having since completed the course, I am a different person! I have learnt how I can develop my skills and abilities with a toolkit of different strategies and techniques. My network is now further afield within my organisation and external to my organisation. I have so much to work on and learn, but now I know with confidence how I can get there! If you were like me, and are looking for something to help you in the world of leadership, look no further!

Leading Edge Graduate

Initially I wasn’t sure how the program would help me, but soon after commencement I started seeing real benefits. In fact, the course helped me in ways I never thought would happen. It provided me with many useful tools that I can use on a day by day basis and opened my eyes to different ways of thinking and dealing with situations. Moreover, the program helped me to see my full potential and the possibilities for my future. It’s a fantastic program and I would recommend it to those who are looking to grow and personally develop.

Leading Edge Graduate

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Leading Edge leadership course earlier this year and I can not speak more highly of the experience. The content of the course was incredibly helpful on both a personal and professional level and introduced many different leadership styles and approaches to communication. As the course was delivered online, our group included women from all over Australia and New Zealand covering a wide range of industries and backgrounds and it was great to get to know everyone over the duration of the course and help each other on our journeys. it was also fantastic to see how we often faced similar challenges, and the same approached to leadership and communication can work regardless of industry or location. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is starting in, or even just thinking about, taking their first steps into a leadership role.

Leading Edge Graduate

Learning Outcomes

Build the leadership capabilities to set you up for success:

Accelerate leadership potential and embrace a ‘leader as learner’ mindset

Explore strategies to understand and engage more effectively with team members and stakeholders

Refine interpersonal communication and presentation skills

Identify and respond to challenges within the team and organisation

Leverage the combined expertise of peers to progress individual and collective growth

Develop, implement and evaluate a targeted Workplace Application Project

Program Modules

Supporting leadership performance

Explore what it means to lead and identify the type of leader you want to be. Understand how leadership plays out within your team and organisation, and develop strategies for building resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness and wellbeing.

Effective interpersonal communication and feedback

Discover techniques to communicate with presence and influence. Discover deep listening skills, understand advocacy and enquiry techniques, and the principles of effective feedback. Learn the difference between perceptions and observable behaviour, to effectively provide difficult feedback.

Emotional intelligence and conflict

Discover why emotional intelligence (EQ) is key to successful leadership. Understand a model of EQ and explore the ways you can develop and practice a range of EQ skills. Extend your learning to managing conflict, and explore how conflict can lead to a constructive and potentially transformative experience.

Career and professional growth

Develop a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for future career and life fulfilment. Within the context and expectations of your workplace, consider the steps required to fully realise your career potential. Explore career inhibitors and accelerators, and understand your career path through the Sigmoid Curve model. Explore the importance of networking from a strategic growth perspective.

Elements of a successful team

Explore teamwork from both team leader and team member perspectives. Learn the key attributes of successful teams and how to create them within your own team. Discover the importance of diversity and inclusion and its challenges and benefits in a high-performing team culture.

Presence and presentation skills

Develop your confidence and capability in this critical area. Although many people dread presenting, learning a few basic skills can significantly reduce feelings of fear and help to put both you and your audience at ease.

Leading in times of change

Explore various responses to change and learn a model for managing change and for engaging others on the journey. Discuss common challenges involved in change and learn how to integrate your new skills to effectively embrace and lead change within your team.

Program Experience

Incorporating a blend of group and individual learning, Leading Edge immerses you in a multilayered development journey designed to ensure maximum individual impact.

Virtual workshop days

You will attend two virtual workshop days, interacting with peers across multiple industries. The workshop days are segmented into three high impact sessions. During the workshops, you will explore new concepts and strategies, and work collaboratively on real-time challenges and build powerful alliances. The unique format offers valuable insight informed by collective experience as well as reflective practice.

Interactive webinars

The interactive online webinars focus on rich discussion and debate and help to contextualise learning themes within real world situations, equipping participants to apply new approaches.

Peer coaching sessions

The peer coaching sessions are designed to develop your own coaching capacity so you can not only increase your own self-awareness, but support learning in others. You are invited to reach out to your peers to practice meaningful, outcome-driven coaching conversations. The peer coaching sessions offer real-time feedback and enable you to develop meaningful, impactful connections with your peers.

Self-directed learning

Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via our online learning management system (LMS) allowing you to engage with it at any time from any device. Content includes high quality video tutorials, best practice leadership literature, experiential activities, and reflective tasks. Throughout the program, you are encouraged to connect with their peers via an online forum to share reflections and celebrate wins.


You will undertake a capability assessment to evaluate your ability in key areas. Results from this assessment help inform your developmental focus and support you to achieve your objectives. The assessment is revisited at the end of the program. A comparison of the two sets of results enables you to measure your progress and achievements and identify those areas that may still require attention.

Workplace application project

You will undertake a Workplace Application Project to deepen and extend the program’s impact, ensuring that learning outcomes are aligned to your organisational objectives and that you can deliver something of lasting value to your organisation. During the final workshop each participant will complete a short presentation on their Workplace Application Project and their key learnings.

In-program support

Our personalised approach to participant engagement will ensure you are supported throughout your learning experience. You will be connected with a dedicated Program Delivery Coordinator who is available to provide individualised support and information throughout your program.

Enquiries and Enrolments

To enrol, fill out the enquiry form and one of our Program Advisors will be in touch.
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Program Fees

Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to someone now, please give us a call on: The standard program fee is $4,190​ + GST per person.

Partial scholarships are available for women in select industries. Contact us to find out if you are eligible.

The enrolment fee covers all tuition, program related materials and access to the online learning management system.