Programs

Williamson Community Leadership Program 2018

Williamson changes lives. Yours could be next.

  • Are you prepared to lead in our rapidly changing world?

  • Are you ready to examine and test your values, worldviews and assumptions?

  • Are you prepared to step up and lead positive change – with and without formal authority?

  • Are you striving to build your leadership capabilities, to meet twenty-first century challenges?

  • Are you committed to exploring new ways of thinking, building new networks beyond your area of professional practice, and applying your leadership to make a difference in your organisation and the community?

If so, Williamson is for you.

Applications for the Williamson Community Leadership Program 2018 will open in May 2017.

Please note, all applications for the Williamson Community Leadership Program 2017 have now closed.


Now in its 27th year, WCLP offers one of Australia's most sought-after leadership development experiences. WCLP provides a unique year of leadership–focused activities that are designed to develop and connect emerging leaders across sectors and generations.

The program covers an outstanding selection of critical issues facing today's leaders, brought to life by seminars from renowned leaders, field trips, case studies and other activities, culminating in an end-of-year retreat.

Programs include topics such as creating a culture of innovation, developing a sustainable Australia, Australia in a globalised world, governing Australia in the 21st century, leading in a diverse community, and much more. At the conclusion of the program, participants graduate as WCLP fellows, joining our network of 1,000+ alumni.

Download the 2017 info sheet.


"The Williamson program is a leadership opportunity that will open your eyes to different ways of thinking rather than providing more of the same. Williamson provided me with a better way of engaging with issues and seeing other options and broadened my way of thinking. The program has made me a more effective leader, achieving better outcomes for my clients.”
Adam Brooks (WCLP '13), Partner, Thomson Geer


What you will learn

This rigorous ten-month experiential program uses the Harthills Leadership Development Profile, seven stages of consciousness and Harvard methodologies in adaptive leadership and group relations to examine your current leadership style, strengths and areas for development.

At the same time, this unique program exposes you to a range of diverse experiences, guest speakers and contributors, including your peers in the room, to explore the social, economic and environmental issues, and their leadership challenges, which influence and impact the community and our operating environment. Bring these two streams together in a collaborative, challenge-based learning project and workplace activities to stretch and test your leadership in action.

Leadership: Using the Harthills Leadership Development Profile and seven stages of consciousness and Harvard methodologies in adaptive leadership and group relations, examine your current leadership style, strengths and areas for development.

Vision, Influence and Ethics: Using the LV leadership framework, reflect on your experiences, values and assumptions to understand the choices you make and what is the “right thing to do”, the influences on attitudes and behaviours; and frameworks for common purpose and strategic thinking.

Community Leadership: Explore the leadership challenges of social, economic and environmental issues facing the community; how are these challenges being addressed? Where are the gaps? What can be learnt about leadership from others’ experiences, successes and challenges? How can these leadership learnings be applied in your role, organisation and sector?

Collaboration: Undertake a challenge-based collaborative project to identify and address an entrenched community issue and practice applying your professional skills while exercising leadership without authority.

Networks: Understand the value of building strategic personal and professional network.


Who should attend?

Current and high-potential leaders in established careers from all spheres of business, non-profit and government who:

  • Are seeking to broaden their horizons through a unique personal and professional development approach
  • Are identified as high potential in roles requiring more than traditional management competencies to achieve organisational objectives
  • Are open to possibilities; and have a commitment to personal and professional development, to learning from others and new experiences, and to applying their learnings in their personal and professional lives

"Would I recommend the program? Absolutely yes. If you think you are too busy and don’t have time to do Williamson – then you are just the person who needs to make the time. If you are a bit lost, Williamson will help you find focus and direction. If you don’t think that you will get anything out of it, then this is exactly the program for you.”
Anthony Coops (WCLP'12), Partner, KPMG


Program inclusions:

Ten-month facilitated program including two full days and four evenings per month, on-site visits, two field trips, two retreats, guest speakers and professional development sessions.

You will receive:

  • Accommodation at opening and closing residential retreats
  • Accommodation and travel to field trips to regional Victoria and Canberra
  • Harthills Leadership Development Profile and debriefing
  • Presentation Dinner and graduation certificate at pram conclusion
  • LV Journal
  • Pre-reading and program materials

Program fees:

The fee for this program comprises both an organisational component and a participant component:

Organisational fees

  • Standard: $13,322 +GST
  • NFP: $10,540 +GST

Individual contribution

  • $1,723 +GST / ($1,895 incl. GST)

A limited number of scholarships are available for NFP organisations who meet the eligibility criteria. Learn more.

Williamson Plus:

Williamson Plus is an optional extension to your WCLP experience. Williamson Plus consists of a 1:1 coaching package to help you further leverage your leadership learnings, provide individual support to integrate your learnings into your workplace, and strengthen your understanding of core program content. Learn more.


What our alumni say

“There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson program. By broadening our awareness and perspectives beyond our immediate workplace and comfort zones, we are far more able to challenge ourselves to be stronger leaders, and in doing this, offer far more to our clients and the community." Anthony Coops (WCLP'12), Partner, KPMG

 “Listening and understanding the stories of such a diverse range of leaders has been so enriching and challenging. Many of them will stay with me forever and remind me of the importance of leaders knowing their own stories and staying true to their values which I will continue to strive to do.” Rosie Wheen (WCLP'15), Director of International Programs, WaterAid Australia

 “Whilst the issues-focussed Friday programs were an eye- opener it was the ‘immunity to change’ leadership day that resonated most with me. The opportunity to self-reflect on my individual immunities to change and consider the impact and benefits of increased self-awareness to me as an individual and my organisation was profound.” Grant Cosgriff (WCLP'15), Executive Director, Triathlon Victoria

“Beyond being a truly uplifting and humbling experience with a fabulous cohort, the Williamson Community Leadership Program has helped me find authenticity in all aspects of life. For that I will be forever grateful.” David Campbell (WCLP’13), Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Beyond being a truly uplifting and humbling experience with a fabulous cohort, the Williamson Community Leadership Program has helped me find authenticity in all aspects of life. For that I will be forever grateful.” David Campbell (WCLP’13), Consultant, Egon Zehnder