Supporting Leadership Performance​

Participants explore what it means to lead and begin to answer the question ‘What type of leader do I want to be?’ After examining a number of leadership frameworks, participants begin to build connections with their own style and leadership approach. There is a focus on building self-awareness and awareness of how leadership plays out within their teams and organisation. In addition, strategies for building resilience, mindfulness and wellbeing are also explored along with ways to overcome challenges, bounce back from adversity and increase resourcefulness.

Segmented into seven key themes, Leading Edge engages participants in a detailed exploration around the fundamentals of leadership and management and their individual drivers and derailers.​

Encompassing a sophisticated blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, Leading Edge immerses participants in a multilayered development journey designed to ensure maximum individual impact. Coordinated via WLA’s state of the art learning management system, the program provides powerful and accessible individualised learning.

Enrolment Information and fees

All applicants enrolling into the 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 $6,990 (+GST). 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.

If you would like to speak to a program liaison call us on 1300 735 904 or e-mail enrolments@wla.edu.au

Applications now open

PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCE

OVERARCHING THEMES

Self-assessment​

Participants undertake a capability assessment to evaluate their ability in key areas. Results from this assessment help inform each participant’s developmental focus and support them to achieve their objectives. The assessment is revisited at the end of the program. A comparison of the two sets of results enables each participant to measure their progress and achievements and identify those areas that may still require their continued attention.​

During the program, participants attend two, one day face-to-face workshops, interacting with an exclusive cohort of peer level participants. Through the workshops participants engage in a variety of activities and discussions linked to the core responsibilities of leadership. Immersed in a highly interactive and collaborative environment, participants develop new ways of thinking leading to important insights informed by collective experience.​

The peer coaching sessions are designed to develop participants’ own coaching capacity so they can not only increase their own self-awareness, but support learning in others. Participants are invited to reach out to their peers in order to practice meaningful, outcome-driven coaching conversations. The peer coaching sessions offer real-time feedback to participants and enable them to develop meaningful, impactful connections with their peers.​

Face-to-face Workshops

Peer Coaching

Interactive Online Worshops

Participants attend five, ninety minute online workshops during the program. Focused on rich discussion and debate pertinent to each of the key themes, these high impact sessions aim to contextualise learning within real world situations and promote peer group interaction.​

Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via our state of the art online learning management system (LMS) allowing participants 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, participants are also free to connect with each other 24/7 via the LMS and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.​

In conjunction with the various program elements, participants will undertake a Workplace Application Project (WAP). The purpose of the WAP is to deepen and extend the programs learning outcomes and for the participant to generate a portfolio of evidence around their capability. Further information on the WAP is included later in this document.​

Self-directed Learning

Workplace Application Project

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Effective Interpersonal Communication

Participants are introduced to ways to communicate with presence and influence. Participants explore a range of communication skills to help them engage more effectively with others. These include approaches to listening deeply, asking questions that elicit more valuable responses and skills that enable them to balance the desire to advocate their point of view with their capacity for learning from others. Participants then extend their communication skills into the realm of performance by learning the principles of effective feedback. By appreciating the distinction between perceptions and observable behaviour, participants come to understand and meet the challenges involved in sharing difficult feedback.

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Emotional Intelligence and Conflict​

Participants learn to appreciate that whilst intelligence (IQ) may be important, it is emotional intelligence (EQ) that enables them to progress further. A model of EQ is presented and participants are invited to explore the ways in which they can develop and practice a range of EQ skills. This extends into the realm of managing conflict, from which participants examine how to make conflict a constructive and potentially transformative experience.​

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Career and Professional Growth

As our everyday environment increases in complexity it is easy to become distracted by the immediate at the expense of what’s truly important. This theme centres on developing a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for future career and life fulfilment. Within the context and expectations of the participant’s workplace, they consider the steps required to fully realise their career potential. Career inhibitors and accelerators are explored and their career path is explained through the Sigmoid Curve model. Participants also explore the importance of networking from a strategic growth perspective.

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Elements of a Successful Team​

Most organisational achievements occur through the work of teams. Participants explore teamwork from both team leader and team member perspectives. This allows participants to develop their situational and strategic leadership skills. Participants learn the key attributes of successful teams and how to create them within their own team. The importance of diversity and inclusion and its challenges and benefits, are analysed. This includes the development of a high-performing team culture. The earlier work on feedback, communication, emotional intelligence and conflict is further considered as integral elements of developing team performance.​

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Presence and Presentation Skills​

In today’s highly competitive employment market it certainly helps to be effective when putting your thoughts and opinions across. 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. This theme will help participants develop their confidence and capability in this critical area.​

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Purpose, Priorities and Professional Development​

This module focuses on developing skills to hone a competitive edge. Participants will learn to develop effective work goals and behaviours to competently manage work priorities. They will also explore the critical elements of establishing personal work objectives, prioritising workload for optimum achievement and building on professional competence.​

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LEADING EDGE

Applications now open