The Sydney Leadership Program has played a part in the careers of many of Australia’s most successful leaders from charities, activist based organisations, corporations and government, with recent participants coming from GetUp!, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Choice, The Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW, Australian Conservation Foundation and St George Community Housing.
Those who undertake the Sydney Leadership Program run by The Benevolent Society, share a common passion for creating lasting change. The program provides them with an opportunity to address society’s problems from a new perspective, form new and valuable partnerships and further develop their capacity to exercise leadership.
For those working in the not-for-profit sector, there are several scholarships on offer to participate in the 2013 Sydney Leadership Program.
Simon Sheikh, Former National Director of GetUp! credits the skills he learned to the Sydney Leadership Program. “You go to different programs and you expect around 10% to stick but all of Sydney Leadership is part of my life in some way,” he said.
Former Law Reform Commissioner Reg Graycar is also a graduate. “Very little will change unless and until we have leaders with open minds and a genuine capacity to understand seemingly intractable problems from a variety of perspectives,” Mr Graycar said. “Sydney Leadership is the best way I know for people to develop that capacity.”
Every year since 1999 Sydney Leadership has brought together up to 30 leaders in a unique program that is conducted over 8 months and combines the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model with direct learning in diverse, challenging community settings to build ‘real world’ leadership capabilities with a strong focus on creating lasting, positive social change.
Successful applicants for the 2013 program will join an alumni that includes over 500 leaders from across a range of organisations and industries including United Way Sydney, AMP, Telstra, Stockland, BHP, Johnson& Johnson, NRMA, The Smith Family, Familiy and Community Services, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, to name a few.
The scholarships are funded by corporations and philanthropists to ensure participation from the NFP sector. They are designed to ensure the most diverse range of people possible can access this unique opportunity, meaning a better experience for all participants.
Scholarship Applications close on 15 October 2012. For further information visit the Social Leadership Australia website