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Emerging Leaders Program

An introduction to leadership aligned to the Leading at Adelaide Capability Framework and an opportunity to provide participants with an overview of leadership theory and skills practice which serves as a foundation to the Professional Leadership Program. This program is targeted to those new to leadership or looking to move into a leadership role.

Program Brochure

Program Objectives

Focused on leading self and transitioning from colleague to leader, the program will provide participants with enhanced:

  • Self-awareness of personal leadership capability, of personal strengths and one's impact on others;
  • Understanding of personality and behavioural styles and personal preferences and how best to utilise this knowledge in leading others;
  • Communication skills, specifically in influencing and handling challenging conversations;
  • Coaching skills for performance and development, and know-how in team planning and working with change;
  • Personal resilience and capacity for change;
  • Understanding of the higher education sector;
  • And through participation on the program, learning and support network of peers across the University.

Program Cost

The Emerging Leaders Program will in 2017 be funded through the Professional Staff Development Scholarship Scheme. 20 places are available on the program and allocation across Faculty and Division will have regard to the PSDS FTE breakdown. There will not be any direct cost to participants.

Program Outline

Individual Self-Assessment Participants will complete the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and VIA Character Strengths positive psychology tool, prior to attending module one. MBTI will provide self-awareness of preferences in how participants perceive and interact with others, how they make decisions and organise themselves. VIA Strengths will provide an indicator of character strengths as a lever for personal change and effectiveness.
Module 1: Leading Self

Tuesday 4 July | 9am - 12:30pm

Using the individual reports from the pre-program self-assessment, participants will explore their own preferences and strengths and how they can leverage these in leading others. The workshop will then go one step further to appreciate others’ preferences and strengths and how to work effectively with this diversity.

Module 2: Leading Others

Thursday 3 August | 9am – 12:30pm

This module will take a team focus. It will explore what teams need in order to operate effectively Using the Team Wheel, the group will explore the team leader’s role in setting direction, embedding values and facilitating engagement in team objectives.

Module 3: Communicating with Impact

Wednesday 30 August | 9am – 12:30pm

This module will consider communication and behavioural styles. The group will explore how to leverage their own style and how to work with other styles in order to facilitate effective communication. It will then shift focus to communicating with impact, specifically in influencing others and holding conversations of a challenging nature.

Module 4: Optimising Team Performance

Wednesday 20 September | 9am – 12:30pm

Module 4 will look at team and individual planning to optimise performance and development. It will explore how to take a coaching approach to building performance, capability and confidence and will provide know-how in effective delegation practices.

Module 5: Working with Change

Wednesday 1 November | 9am – 12:30pm

Change is a constant theme in the modern workplace and this module will look at how to best work with change to effect a positive culture. It will look at the change curve and understanding personal transition in order to help people effectively through change.

Module 6: Understanding the Higher Education Sector

Thursday 23 November | 1pm – 4:30pm

Following 5 workshops focussed on building personal and team leadership capability, this module will look at leadership in the context of the higher education sector. Senior leaders from the University will share their experiences of the academic environment, its challenges and opportunities and what it means for team leaders.

Celebrating our Success

Friday 8 December | Time TBD

This closing session will be an opportunity to revisit the learnings from the program and consider what actions and plans should be put in place to continue the learning and embed the skills learnt in the program as well as a celebration of success!

Program Facilitator

Veronica Lee

Veronica is Director of VLee HRM Consulting, established in 2005 to partner with organisations in developing and facilitating implementation of practical people management and development solutions. Veronica brings to her consultancy work extensive experience gained overseas and in Australia in leadership from front line supervision and project management to executive leadership.

She has worked in the university sector throughout her career and her consulting clients encompass a range of Government sector agencies, the university sector, private sector small to medium businesses. Her key areas of specialty and passion are: building productive teams, developing values-based workplace cultures, developing individual and team capability, leadership performance and career coaching, change management, and performance development.

Veronica is a very experienced and enthusiastic facilitator, who enjoys sharing her own learning as well as hearing about the experiences of others in the workplace. She is a sessional facilitator with the Queensland University of Technology and has previously been an adjunct lecturer in People Management at Flinders University and at the Australian Institute of Management SA. She holds several management qualifications and is accredited in a range of tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Application and Selection

Those who have interest in the program and meet the following eligibility criteria are encouraged to submit an application for the program addressing the below selection criteria:

Professional leaders at levels HEO 4 - 6 who are:

  • Employed either full-time or part-time (greater than 0.5FTE)
  • Have been employed at the University for 12 months
  • Are in a continuing role or have a minimum of two years remaining on a fixed-term (if current contract expires before this date, applications must be accompanied by a letter from applicant’s Line Manager / Head of School indicating an expected renewal of the current contract)
  • Availability: There is an expectation that participants will attend the full set of workshops for this program.

Participants will also be asked to provide their response in relation to the Selection Criteria, which are; Aspiration, Readiness, Ability, Motivation. To review full eligibility and selection criteria please see the Program Brochure.

Process for Application and Selection

Individuals who are interested should review the eligibility and selection criteria, discuss with their Line Manager and apply if suitable. 20 places are available and final selection will have regard to the FTE breakdown outlined in the Professional Staff Development Scholarship Scheme.

For more information, please refer to the Application Form and the Program Brochure.


Any queries about the program or the process for nomination can be directed to: Rachel Lange, 08 8313 6805 or Applications are due by 24 February as per Faculty/Division email.


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