11 September 2017 By Christopher Lee

After an eventful past few days in the Igniting Leadership Program and ample discussions on the meaning of leadership, we progressed onto Day 4 of the program where we focused on the use emotional intelligence and the impact of “culture” within the workplace. There was a variety of discussion which challenged common preconceptions that our group had, especially on the true meaning of “culture” and how we can demonstrate and improve in our leadership styles.

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10 September 2017 By Anne Mukankusi-Otyek

Leadership without Authority

This last week was our half-way point through the African Leadership Development Program. Today we discussed the theme of leadership without authority, how we affect others and how others have impacted us.

We watched a beautiful YouTube clip on Everyday leadership by Drew Dudley, wherein a small act of kindness gave someone (who was seconds away from quitting) courage to stay at university.

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4 September 2017 By Maria Groner

Leaders and followers

At yesterdays’ Day 2 of Igniting Leadership, we were asked by the presenter to contribute, displayng leadership, through having a go at answering a question that she posed. As a reflector, I am not usually the first to share my insights or ideas – and Oenone’s prompt made me think: is a student in class who satisfies their teacher by giving a response to the teacher’s question a leader? Or are they rather a follower as they respond to a leader’s prompt?

The YouTube clip Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy that went viral around the world highlights the leadership contributions of the first follower. The first follower validates the leader’s ideas and sees their potential. The first follower takes on the important task of demonstrating that this leader is not just a ‘lone nut’. A first follower can also take the idea and develop it to a higher level, potentially adding to the benefits and the outcomes and inspiring further improvement.

At a LV Igniting Leadership session, we trust our leaders that they guide our learning, and (to an extent) we follow. At the same time, we take on a leadership role, not only leading ourselves and our own learning, but also contributing to the learning of our fellow learners (and our presenters). As leaders, we will always be followers as well, seeing the potential of and supporting an idea presented by other leaders around us. And in following, we demonstrate our leadership.

Maria Groner, Travellers Aid Australia

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31 August 2017 By Thomas Burgess

Day 1 of the Igniting Leadership course was a fantastic opportunity to hear from a range of leaders with a variety of backgrounds and careers. We heard about different styles of leading groups and how peoples' personal experiences molded how they lead.

It was the personal experiences in particular that struck a chord, and it was tremendously inspirational to hear about the different challenges faced by our morning speakers. It was also notable that key themes of leadership emerged similarly despite the different backgrounds of the speakers, with the first speaker bridging the gap between Australians of different faiths via strategic policy advice across government and the community sector, and the second representing Australia at the highest levels of athletic achievement.

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31 August 2017 By Arnav Chug

Ethical Leadership

The purpose of the program today was to consider ethical dimensions, have insight into our own practice and encourage others.

As a group, we considered the importance of being in a productive zone of disequilibrium to help elicit change. If an organisation and its members feel too safe or overwhelmed, change is unlikely. We learnt that influence, vision and ethics interplay to help with leadership whilst also gaining insight into how each individual’s ethical framework is different.

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30 July 2017

I always look forward to these NECLP days because I know at the end of the day, I'll walk out with a spring in my step. There's so much wisdom to gain not only from the speakers but from other participants - the sheer difficulties of what they have overcome, their strength and resilience. I feel as though I have found my community - friends I can work together with to change things for the better. 

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26 July 2017 By Alison Leahy

If you’ve ever been stumped as to the exact nature of the challenge you are facing at work, I would recommend Day 4 of the Igniting Leadership course. For me, the day was a series of lightbulb moments.

James Garriok started the day by pointing out that culture is ‘the way we do things around here’ while climate is ‘the way things feel around here’. I found this distinction extremely helpful. If you’re having a tough time, is it because you don’t like the culture - for example, way your organisation makes decisions - or is it because the climate has gotten a bit toxic. Figuring this out will influence what you do about it.

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24 July 2017 By Melanie Fraser

Participants approached the third day of Igniting Leadership having completed the Clifton Strengths assessment wondering "What does it all mean?", "Shouldn't I focus on my weaknesses?", "Can I change my strengths or are they already set?"

Our facilitator, Oenone, invited us to perform activities which highlighted how draining and negative it can feel to work on a weakness, whereas it was clear focussing our energies on our innate skills and strengths are energising and positive.

Rob Hart, Associate Coach gave us a fascinating presentation highlighting the importance of simplicity of thought and maintaining a clear focus, drawing on his background in psychology and behavioural sciences.

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3 July 2017 By Patrick O'Brien

Questions of Leadership

It might be fair to say that, deep down, most people would wish to make some change for good in the world – and good change requires good leadership. But most people can also see that capacity for change is accompanied by a range of challenges:

What does it meant to take on such responsibility? 

Can I lead in a way that doesn't compromise my values? 

Do I need to assume the role of fearless leader – faking confidence to bolster the faith of others?

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3 July 2017 By Kristina Hoel

Psychology of Leadership

We learned about the key function of a bystander mobilising support for a leader. Tony Matthews reflected on the role of values in leadership and need to question who we are to identify our values. Values are vital to position leaders to motivate, inform direction and provide a basis to address conflict or create change if issues can be reframed to appeal more broadly.

We considered workplace challenges, applying our learning to real life situations. A group member presented an excellent Brown Paper Bag session about Kindergarten Committee Leadership, highlighting the need to find a story to unify people with a sense of shared values like belonging/community. Andrew Marty spoke about Emotional Intelligence (EI), observing that a key predictor forecasting stability is the degree to which a person can regulate their own emotions but EI is not necessarily helpful in all roles. EI is a combination of the ability to read, manage emotions and make decisions taking into account the impact on other people’s emotions.

Oenone Serle discussed the Ladder of Inference, a model of making inferences leading to conclusions and assumptions which may be incorrect, unconscious and lead to misunderstandings that a leader must be able to identify and manage. We performed skits to reflect how this can play out. One group portrayed a situation particularly well, a new worker in the office feeling increasingly ignored and alienated by a colleague who does not say hello over a number of weeks. It turns out that her colleague is deaf.

We held an afternoon debate around the issue “Leaders Should Always Lead”, an opportunity hold up a fun mirror to leadership.


Kristina Hoel, VEOHRC

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19 June 2017 By Will Brodie interview with Janice Van Reyk

The glass cliff is not a notion that I subscribe to.  It is laden with assumptions that I don’t think hold true.

Firstly, there are challenges everywhere in this so called VUCA world – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. All leaders face this. Regarding these high stakes situations as a so called cliff, let alone one as fragile as glass is a self defeating belief that would not serve any leader, male or female, well.

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1 May 2017 By Michelle Shepherd

Day two of weekend three and the WCLP 17 cohort was ready for a day of Leadership Identity work, True North presentations and the opportunity to decide which CLAN (Community Leadership in Action Networks) we will commit to for the duration of the program.

As the duty syndicate, Pink Heath had the pleasure of hosting, and we knew by the buzz and chatter in the room that we were in for a great session.

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1 May 2017 By Nicola Hodgson

Last week, WCLP 2017 participants gathered at CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East. The topic was 'Leadership and the Environment'......the park is a unique non-profit centre offering a café, grocery store, nursery and environmental education centre, making it the perfect location for our topic.

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19 April 2017 By Corinne Szczurek

Here we are at Day 4, ready for another inspiring session.

We eased into the morning with a Ted Talk, exploring the analogy of the Golden Circle with insightful, bestselling author Simon Sinek. The key take away message was definitely that "people don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it".

We then welcomed Judy Utley into the room. Heading up the Human Resources department at Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Judy has a wealth of knowledge to share... 

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10 April 2017 By Blake Monahan

Day two at Igniting Leadership today’s session starts as every day should, with a crazy man dancing erratically. Valuable lessons were learned from “The Dancing Guy”, sometimes you have to stand alone and persevere through the hard times. When you get that first follower the importance of acceptance and the rest will come.

Next was one of the most challenging and engaging times in the Igniting Leadership program thus far, values. Why ask “what do you do?” when we really want to know “who are you?” This was a personal challenge for many of us in the group to really take time to think about what is important to us.

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5 April 2017 By Susannah Palmer

By the end of day 3, the consensus was... exhausted! We had an action packed day with speakers, group activities and delving into our strengths.

A "speed dating" activity didn't lead to love but it did give the group a chance to reconnect after a week apart, with weekends and work in between. The bridge building activity saw one functional bridge (out of three!!) which didn't win (ROBBED) but a lot of cooperation.

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31 March 2017 By Peace and Prosperity

It seemed appropriate that Peace and Prosperity should be the duty syndicate for our first day on Australia's economic prosperity. We chose to start at the macro (what does it all mean) and then focus on the micro with a live example (penalty rates).

The entire 2017 cohort were asked to participate in the conversation, starting with a pre-workshop survey monkey, polls throughout the white paper, and the chance to reflect and consolidate on pre-survey responses at the end of the day.

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29 March 2017 By Catherine Bennett, Alfred Psychiatry

Day one of the Igniting Leadership Program 2017 was an interesting day of new connections, new information and, for some, a new way of thinking. The day started with a warm welcome and introduction to Leadership Victoria and the Igniting Leadership Program.

We heard from an inspirational speaker who shared their journey of adversity and personal growth. I was fascinated with this speaker’s experience of learning acceptance, and contentment with where they were in life and what they were able to achieve. Our second speaker shared a powerful story about identity and a change in philosophy. The speaker’s experience was one that I hadn’t heard a lot about before and I was able to see a different world-view to what I am used to seeing.

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