About the Program

The Williamson Leadership Program is a unique, immersive program that delivers experiences designed to transform how you think. It is built on the premise of experimentation and adaption, and will push you to continually test how and why you lead. It will expand the way you see the world and change the way you exercise leadership. You will engage unusual voices and learn to mobilise and empower others to do extraordinary things in your organisation and community. You will become adept at strategic analysis, systems thinking, sense making, and will critically examine the challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders. Learn how to achieve impact in complex and rapidly changing environments, discover your leadership purpose and support your organisation and your community to perform better, and adapt and thrive in today’s world.

Who Should Apply

  • Leaders who are curious about how they make a bigger difference and create a greater impact in their organisation and broader society, typically those with significant management experience (10+ years)
  • To further enrich the learning each year, group participants span a range of fields, age groups, sectors and backgrounds

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program you will:

  • Understand approaches to leadership and the themes sitting at the heart of societal challenges and issues
  • Gain a greater sense of your personal obligation to contribute to broader society
  • Transform the way you think and act to be better equipped to operate in complex environments
  • Confidently exercise purposeful leadership and collaborate with others to solve complex problems
  • Understand different perspectives and viewpoints on complex challenges
  • Connect with others more empathetically and mobilise and empower others to achieve change
  • Manage yourself more effectively in order to stay true to purpose
  • Develop a supportive network of diverse thinkers with different worldviews and lived experience, that transcends traditional sector and community boundaries

Program Inclusions

Program includes:

  • Leadership Development Profile psychometric
  • Harvard’s Immunity to Change Methodology
  • Peer Case Consultation Process to progress leadership challenges
  • 26 facilitated learning sessions (up to 4 evenings or events (some virtual), 2 full days per month
  • Welcome and Commencement Residential Immersive with four-star resort single accommodation and all-meals
  • Overnight Immersive to regional Victoria, including transport, accommodation and meals
  • Flights, accommodation and meals at two-day Immersive trip to Canberra, behind-the-scenes Parliament House experience and a powerful opportunity to question and influence MPs in Canberra
  • Numerous guest contributors sharing practical insights and their own leadership journey
  • All pre-reading and program materials, including Your Leadership Edge by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula
  • End of Year Celebration Dinner
  • Longitudinal profiling post program to evaluate the impact of the program experience

Program Dates

2020 Williamson applications are closed. Applications for 2021 Williamson open 1/5/20.

2020 Investment

Williamson fees are structured so that there is an organisational and an individual component. Program fee includes GST.

Standard NFP Individual Contribution
Williamson Intensive $21,175$17,930$2,057
Williamson Standard $16,049$13,750$2,057

Program details are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Please view our terms and conditions which includes information about our cancellation policy.

Hearing from a range of leaders on some of the complex issues we are grappling with in our society has been inspiring. The willingness of the speakers to be so open with what they have learnt, their core beliefs and their leadership journeys, has been extremely thought-provoking and shaped and changed my own leadership style and approach.

Sasha Torsi (WCLP'16), Head of Communications, Children & Families, Disability, Ageing & Carers at Department of Health and Human Services

2019-10-02T00:32:12+11:00

Sasha Torsi (WCLP'16), Head of Communications, Children & Families, Disability, Ageing & Carers at Department of Health and Human Services

“Hearing from a range of leaders on some of the complex issues we are grappling with in our society has been inspiring. The willingness of the speakers to be so open with what they have learnt, their core beliefs and their leadership journeys, has been extremely thought-provoking and shaped and changed my own leadership style and approach.”

For me, Williamson has highlighted the importance of people and communication in leadership. A common thread through the program was the importance of articulating your vision and understanding other people's motivations in order to bring them along with you. This has led me to be more conscious in how I communicate with others.

Shasta Holland (WCLP'17), Director System Stewardship and Data Reform at Department of Justice and Community Safety

2019-10-02T00:35:49+11:00

Shasta Holland (WCLP'17), Director System Stewardship and Data Reform at Department of Justice and Community Safety

For me, Williamson has highlighted the importance of people and communication in leadership. A common thread through the program was the importance of articulating your vision and understanding other people's motivations in order to bring them along with you. This has led me to be more conscious in how I communicate with others.

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 broadening my way of thinking. The program has made me a more effective leader, achieving better outcomes for my clients.

Adam Brooks (WCLP'13), Partner at Thomson Geer

2019-10-02T00:49:01+11:00

Adam Brooks (WCLP'13), Partner at Thomson Geer

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 broadening my way of thinking. The program has made me a more effective leader, achieving better outcomes for my clients.

There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson Leadership 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 at KPMG

2019-10-02T00:31:29+11:00

Anthony Coops (WCLP'12), Partner at KPMG

There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson Leadership 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

Williamson has allowed me to reassess and reframe my leadership journey to ensure that I am able to lead and motivate people in complex and volatile environments. I recognise that I sometimes need to be gentler on myself and step back on the balcony and enjoy the view. I have found a wonderful network of confidantes who will live in my consciousness and help me navigate my ongoing leadership journey.

Samantha Sharp (WCLP'17), Director of Commissioning and Performance at Western Victoria Primary Health Network

2019-10-02T00:46:36+11:00

Samantha Sharp (WCLP'17), Director of Commissioning and Performance at Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Williamson has allowed me to reassess and reframe my leadership journey to ensure that I am able to lead and motivate people in complex and volatile environments. I recognise that I sometimes need to be gentler on myself and step back on the balcony and enjoy the view. I have found a wonderful network of confidantes who will live in my consciousness and help me navigate my ongoing leadership journey.

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