Signature Leadership Program


Exemplary leadership begins with self-awareness, self-mastery, and understanding. Leadership Western Australia’s Signature Program inspires and transforms leaders from the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors. Our leading-edge, experience-based framework provides the basis to understand your strengths and motivators, harness your resilience, and explore how you can make a meaningful difference in your family, your organisation, and the state.lwa_ripple-signature

Commit to a carefully curated journey of 21 experiences in a year-long program that will stretch you intellectually and personally, as you develop your own courageous, powerful, and authentic leadership.
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.

Applications for Signature Program 2019 are now welcomed.


The Signature Leadership Program takes participants on a journey of exploration in self-awareness, self-mastery, and understanding the complex and dynamic context of Western Australia. Participants explore leadership through the lens of current and future issues and engage with a range of inspirational leaders who candidly share insights to their experiences and challenges. Participants also have the opportunity to share stories, difficulties and solutions with peers from a diverse range of sectors, backgrounds and industries.

The 2019 Signature Leadership Program includes:

  • Ongoing interaction with a strong network of diverse leaders
  • Residential opening and closing retreats (accommodation and catering included)
  • Eleven full-day experiences
  • Two three-day field trips to regional Western Australia (flights, accommodation, and catering included)
  • Interaction and discussion on leadership with influential leaders from across the State
  • Access to topical readings and resources
  • Access to an online community to foster meaningful connections with other leaders
  • Shared learnings

Each experience runs from 8.30am to 5.30pm and includes:

  • In-depth exploration of key issues facing Western Australia
  • Discussion of leadership examples specific to
    Western Australia

Featured extras include:

  • 4 Executive Coaching sessions with an Accredited Coach
  • Access to program mentorship from the Alumni community
  • Invitations to exclusive alumni events, including site visits
  • Opportunity to access additional Executive Coaching, at Leadership WA rates


Through experiential methodologies and working with people with diverse backgrounds and world views you

  • Improve your accountability, identity and opportunity in all areas of life
  • Increase access to strategic information from a wide range of sources, across sectors and levels
  • Expand your personal and professional networks
  • Deep dive into 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
  • Reach peak personal performance and resilience
  • Make wiser, better informed and collaborative decisions

Leaders will develop the understanding, skills and confidence to manage their own resilience and lead
with energy and authenticity by maximising personal presence and impact, and managing their own levels of resilience.

By supporting a participant in the program, your organisation will gain a more thoughtful, better connected leader who

  • Understands how to maximise his/her strengths to be a more effective leader within your organisation
  • Demonstrates an increased understanding of challenges and opportunities in Western Australia across sectors and industries
  • Shares new insights and information with teams and colleagues
  • Contributes to informed decision-making as a leader in your organisation
  • Connects to significant cross-sector networks
  • Makes an impact in the community sector


The 2019 Signature Leadership Program includes:

  • Residential opening and closing retreats
  • Eleven full-day experiences
  • Two field trips to regional Western Australia
  • Site visits (optional)
  • Pre-reading, action learning and reflective practice

Each experience runs from 8.30am to 5.30pm and includes:

  • In-depth exploration of key issues facing Western Australia
  • Discussion of leadership examples specific to Western Australia


Leadership WA’s premium leadership development program offers a ten-month facilitated program. This includes one full day every 2-4 weeks, on-site visits, two field trips into the regions of Western Australia, two retreats, guest speakers, PRINT psychometric testing and professional development sessions with certified executive coaches. Please note the Opening Retreat, Closing Retreats, and field trips require travel away. All other experiences run from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

2019 Program Experience Dates:

  • Opening retreat – 6-8 February
  • Governor’s Opening Reception – First week of February (date & time TBC)
  • Experience 2: 28 February
  • Experience 3: 21 March
  • Experience 4: 10 April
  • Experience 5: 1 May
  • Experience 6: 22 – 24 May – Field trip
  • Experience 7: 13 June
  • Experience 8: 2 July – Mid Year Reflections
  • Experience 9: 24 July
  • Experience 10: 8 August
  • Experience 11: 28 – 30 Aug – Field trip
  • Experience 12: 18 September
  • Experience 13: 15 October
  • Experience 14: 31 October
  • Closing Retreat: 14 & 15 November
  • Graduation: 20 November (6pm to 9.30pm)


Organisational fee: $12,155
Personal fee: $2,255
Total Investment: $14,410
Includes GST and all program costs, including experiences, retreats, field trip travel and accommodation. Excludes transport to and from experiences and personal expenses.

In 2015 we completed a research study with Murdoch University which identified that through our methodologies
and reflection practice we increase leadership wisdom. Leadership WA graduates become leaders in their
organisations and the community, and contribute their skills to building the capacity of others.

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.


The Signature Leadership Program is for senior professionals who want to expand and enhance their
capacity to be influential leaders in their organisations and the broader community. The program’s effectiveness is grounded in the magic that happens when a mix of leaders from the corporate, small business, not for profit and government sectors go through this transformational journey together.

Leadership WA’s programs build strong connections between participants, who, as graduates, become a part of Leadership WA’s strong and inspiring alumni network.

What 15 years of Alumni say about the Signature Leadership Program

Jason Ricketts FLWA, 2004 Signature Program Graduate, Managing Partner Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills

There really is nothing else like Leadership WA for developing the true potential of the deep pool of talent
we have in Western Australia. Leadership WA’s most important achievement is the role it plays in shaping
our future leaders. Graduates thrive personally and professionally and in turn they enrich the world around them.

Fadzi Whande, Australia Day Ambassador, 2017 Signature Program Graduate

Participating in the Leadership WA Signature Program was a transforming experience. There was a great amount of personal learning in terms of understanding myself and learning to be more authentic and vulnerable. I would highly recommend this program and encourage companies and organisation to invest in their leaders and allow them to participate in this transformative experience. We all have a leadership role to play in shaping the current and future direction of our amazing state, Western Australia.