Rising Leadership Program


The Rising Leadership Program equips mid-level professionals with the tools to become authentic and effective leaders in the workplace.

Over 6 months and ten interactive experience days, the Rising Program fosters new perspectives and thinking on leadership. It explores individual strengths and weaknesses and shows how to harness these for maximum effectiveness as a leader.

Participants have unique and privileged access to Western Australian’s most qualified and insightful leaders across private, community and government sectors. When selecting our program participants, we gather together diversity of thought, industries and experience to create a rich learning environment.

The Rising Leadership Program is for mid-level professionals from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors looking to explore who they are as leaders, build on their strengths, and discover how to take on greater leadership roles. Featured speakers at the Rising Leadership Program have included:

Ashley Reid, CEO, Cancer Council WA

Jodi Cant, Director-General, Department of Finance

Ian Carter AM, former CEO, Anglicare

Sonja Cox, Executive Director People, Culture, Diversity, Public Sector Commission

Michael McNulty, Managing Parter WA, Deloitte

Rebecca Tomkinson, CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service WA

David Fyfe, Executive Manager Operations, Western Power

Rebecca Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder, Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre

Jason Waller, Director, Climb Performance

Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise

Lindsey O’Sullivan, COO, Keystart Home Loans

Alicia Curtis, Keynote Speaker & Facilitator, Alyceum

Leadership WA graduates join an influential Alumni network that comes together regularly to continue to grow and learn, and to give back by contributing expertise and time to social impact activities across WA. If you would like to get in touch to speak about the Rising Leadership Program or be connected with an Alumni who can speak about their experience, please contact the Leadership WA office on 08 6381 6700.

Applications for the March 2020 Rising Leadership Program are now closed. Apply now for the July 2020 Rising Leadership Program. Please note that the Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development Scholarship is only available to applicants living in regional Western Australia.


Our Leadership Programs embrace the use of reflective learning. This approach to learning encourages participants to examine their personal experiences, the experiences of their cohort and the experiences of the many highly influential external speakers who contribute throughout the Program. This approach ensures relevance, boosts self-confidence, and increases personal growth whilst challenging participants to question and critically assess their deeply-held assumptions and how they relate to the wider world.

In 2015 Murdoch University conducted a study with Leadership WA to assess the effectiveness of this approach. The study found that the Rising Leadership Program acts as both a compass, navigating participants into new self-discoveries; and as a beacon which participants can use to negotiate their inner discoveries. Through this reflective approach to leaning, Leadership WA Programs increase leadership wisdom, and graduates become better leaders in their organisations and the community, contributing their skills to building the capacity of others.


In the Rising Leadership Program, participants explore who they are as leaders and discover how they can reach their full leadership potential. The ideal candidate for this unique program is a mid-level professional who aspires to take on greater leadership roles within their organization.

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 of more experienced leaders
  • Learn how to engage effectively with community, using their skills to make a meaningful difference in WA
  • Understand their thinking style preferences with the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

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 from across the state, who 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.

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


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.


Each experience runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

March 2020 Cohort:

  • Orientation & Experience 1: 11 – 13 March 2020
  • Experience 2: 1 April 2020
  • Experience 3: 29 April 2020
  • Experience 4: 19 May 2020
  • Experience 5: 8 June 2020
  • Experience 6: 2 July 2020
  • Experience 7: 29 July 2020
  • Experience 8: 18 August 2020
  • Experience 9: 7 September 2020
  • Experience 10 & Graduation: 24 September 2020

July 2020 Cohort:

  • Orientation & Experience 1: 20 – 22 July 2020
  • Experience 2: 11 August 2020
  • Experience 3: 1 September 2020
  • Experience 4: 17 September 2020
  • Experience 5: 18 September 2020
  • Experience 6: 14 October 2020
  • Experience 7: 9 November 2020
  • Experience 8: 10 November 2020
  • Experience 9: 25 November 2020
  • Experience 10 & Graduation: 10 December 2020


Organisational Fee: $7,007

Personal Fee: $660

Total investment: $7,667
Prices are inclusive of GST and include all program costs. Excludes transport to and from seminars and personal expenses.

If necessary, we can arrange for a payment schedule and also assist with providing information for a business case.

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.


The Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development Scholarships support regional Aboriginal participants onto Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership Program.

These scholarships will enable participants to develop stronger leadership skills and capabilities to reinvest back into their local communities. This will create even further positive impact upon regional WA and Aboriginal communities and businesses. In addition, their experiences, skills and cultural insights will educate and develop their fellow cohort members, building further shared understandings.

Click here for more information. Lotterywest is a major supporter of this scholarship.