Sharing Community Leadership Insights:Thai Delegation

8 July 2014

Leadership Victoria (LV) was recently honoured to host a delegation of 15 Government officials from Thailand. As part of a two week program run in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, LV hosted the delegation for a day at the Old Treasury Building to examine community leadership.

“In an increasingly globalised world, it is essential that leaders understand cultural similarity and difference. Involving Thai leaders in a Victorian context helps foster social and economic ties with an important Australian trading partner,” said LV’s Chief Executive, Richard Dent. 

The delegation included senior officials from Thailand’s Secretariat of Cabinet, Department of Customs, Department of Primary Industries and Department of Alternative Energy.

In his welcoming address, ‘Leadership Dissected’, Richard talked to the delegation about adaptive leadership. This was followed by a panel discussion with a diverse range of Victoria’s predominant community leaders. Dr Sonja Hood of North Melbourne Football Club’s: The Huddle, Peter Brown of the Fitzroy Adventure Playground and Craig Richards from the Bicycle Network of Victoria all discussed the practicalities of developing a strong community through the different levels of community engagement and community programs.

Making the most of the prestigious location, Assistant Director of Department of Premier and Cabinet, Belinda Harries, gave the enthusiastic Thai delegation a tour of the Old Treasury Building, providing some context to the history of the Australian Government.

Guest speaker Jenny Ford, the Manager of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Marketing at the City of Melbourne, walked the delegation through the IAP2 course, a public participation spectrum model integrated with LV’s core focus, community leadership.

The day exceeded expectations of the delegation and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Panellists, speakers and LV facilitators were delighted to share their insights with the Thai officials to support them in developing and applying successful strategies in their communities.