Emerging Leaders Gain New Skills

15 May 2013

The first 2013 ILP group completed their five day program last month with a celebratory graduation.

The program kicked off with a presentation by Matt Pfahlert, the 1996 Sir Weary Dunlop 'Young Australian of the Year' Extraordinary Achievement Award recipient.

Between 1989 and 2005, Matt worked with 'at risk' young people and their families conducting a range of outdoor wilderness experiences focussed on life skills and personal growth. After working for a number of national and state-wide youth organisations, at age 24, Matt founded the Typo Station youth project in 1993 (now named Evolve) where he was CEO for eleven years. 

Since 2002, Matt has been a board member of the Telstra Foundation a national philanthropic organisation supporting children and young people.

Matt generously shared his life journey and the personal experiences that have influenced his decisions and choices that ignited his leadership journey.


During the remaining sessions the program included another ten speakers covering the following topics:

  • Understanding Self: Learn how behavioural styles - including your own - affect leadership
  • Leadership Preferences: Explore your own style of leadership in the context of the workplace
  • Workplace Challenge: identify and work on a personal workplace challenge and develop a leadership action plan to address it
  • Leadership Qualities and Values
  • Change - Drivers and Dynamics
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • A Systems Perspective: Learn about the links between strategy, execution and employee engagement
  • Redefining Leadership: Compare traditional and contemporary approaches to leadership
  • Leadership and the big issues
  • Communicating as a leader
  • Strategic Networking
  • Sustainable Leadership.

Read the participant blogs in our Guest Blog section of the website and to find out more about enrolling in the next program click here