Rising Leadership Program for emerging leaders


Understanding yourself as a leader is the foundation of being an authentic, effective leader. The program explores individual strengths and weaknesses and how to harness these for maximum effectiveness as a leader.

Through engagement with leaders in the WA community and learning from their leadership experiences and insights, new perspectives and thinking are fostered. The opportunity to work directly with a community organisation on a project to effect change builds essential skills of consultation, collaboration and project management. The program develops strong connections between participants who, as graduates, may become a part of Leadership WA’s strong and inspiring Alumni.

Apply now for early 2019.


The Rising Leadership Program is for people who are ready to explore who they are as leaders and discover how they can reach their full leadership potential. A leader who aspires to take on greater leadership roles and would like to be equipped with the confidence and capacities needed to do this is the ideal candidate for this unique program.

Participants in the program will:

  • Develop a strong understanding of who they are as a leader
  • Develop the confidence and capacities to negotiate complex challenges
  • Develop the capacity to coach and positively influence their teams to achieve performance goals
  • Benefit from the mentorship from more experienced leaders
  • Learn how to engage effectively with community, using their skills to make a meaningful difference in WA.

The program is structured around a series of carefully designed experiences. Each experience focuses on key leadership themes, which the participants explore through engagement with each other and guest speakers, self-exploration and dynamically structured group discussion. Guest speakers include key influential leaders within the community and provide insights both into their private and corporate lives which most people would not normally have the opportunity to access. Development is embedded into every day through reflective practices.


As a participant in the program, you will gain greater leadership knowledge, ability and confidence to:

  • Understand issues of importance
  • Be self-aware with connection to purpose
  • Self-reflect and question existing value systems
  • Understand complexity and interconnectedness
  • Work with ambiguity and take informed risks
  • Make wiser, more informed and collaborative decisions.


The program is structured around a series of carefully designed leadership experiences to ensure learning is individual, meaningful and transferable.

Each experience day includes:

  • In-depth exploration of a key leadership focus
  • Discussion of leadership within a contemporary Western Australian context
  • Collaborative leadership action on community projects.


March Cohort:

Applications Close           4 Feb 2019

Orientation & Exp 1        13 March to 15 March 2019
Exp 2                                   3 April 2019
Exp 3                                   30 April 2019
Exp 4                                   17 May 2019
Exp 5                                   10 June 2019
Exp 6                                   4 July 2019
Exp 7                                   30 July 2019
Exp 8                                   19 August 2019
Exp 9                                   4 September 2019
Exp 10 & Graduation       27 September 2019

July Cohort:

Applications Close           10 June 2019

Orientation & Exp 1         22 July to 24 July 2019
Exp 2                                   12 August 2019
Exp 3                                   2 September 2019
Exp 4 & 5                            19 September & 20 September 2019
Exp 6                                   16 October 2019
Exp 7 & 8                            4 November & 5 November 2019
Exp 9                                   19 November 2019
Exp 10 & Graduation       5 December 2019

The Rising Leadership Program explores a variety of themes that speak to different areas of your personal
and professional development. In 2019, these may include:

  • You Can Make a Difference
  • Opening the Door to Influence
  • Framing Your Values
  • Leading With Vision
  • The Courage to Change
  • The Credible Leader
  • Resilience to Succeed
  • Developing Your Best-Self
  • The Ongoing Connection


Organisational Fee: $6,820
plus Personal Fee: $660
Includes GST.

Includes all program costs. Excludes transport to and from seminars and personal expenses.

Scholarships and fee discounts
Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of their personal or organisational financial situation. Applicants may be eligible to apply for consideration of a fee discount or scholarship support.


This experiential program brings together participants from the corporate, government and not-for-profit
sectors to:
• Explore who they are as leaders
• Build on their strengths
• Discover how to take on greater leadership roles.

Learn through a range of real-life scenarios that demonstrate alternative responses to leadership
challenges. Explore the boundaries of your leadership and how to use your influence for impact.

What alumni say about the Rising Leadership Program

Katherine Browne, State Coordinator CREATE Foundation

The Rising Leadership Program and Leadership WA have provided a platform to for me to learn and grow as a leader, be challenged and reflect, as well as being able to access support, advice and a network of like-minded professionals.