The Signature Leadership Program is Leadership WA’s flagship Program.
Aimed at high performing senior leaders, Signature will stretch you intellectually and personally as you develop your own courageous, powerful, and authentic leadership. By understanding your strengths, motivators, and resilience, you will learn how to maximise your effectiveness as a leader in both your organisation and within the State.
Set over the course of a year, participants have unique and privileged access to Western Australian’s most experienced and insightful leaders across private, community and government sectors.
The Signature Leadership Program is for senior professionals from the corporate, government, small business and not-for-profit sectors looking to expand and enhance their capacity to be an influential leader in their organisation and the broader community.
When selecting our program participants, we gather together diversity of thought, industries and experience to create a rich learning environment. Featured speakers at the Signature Leadership Program have included:
Richard Goyder AO, Chairman, Qantas, AFL Commission
Rachel Cooke, US Consul General
Rob Scott, CEO, Wesfarmers
Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise
The Hon. Roger Cook MLA; Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Christina Matthews, CEO, WACA
Wayne Martin AC, former Chief Justice of Western Australia
Fadzi Whande, Australia Day Ambassador
Guy Chalkley, CEO, Western Power
Sherry Duhe, CFO, Woodside
Chris Dawson, Commissioner of Police, WA Police
Louise Giolitto, CEO, WACOSS
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 Signature Leadership Program or be connected with an Alumniwho can speak about their experience, please contact the Leadership WA office on 08 6381 6700.
Applications for the 2021 Signature Leadership Program will be open soon. If you would like to submit an expression of interest, please use the form on the right hand side of the page.
We will be hosting a webinar information session on 2 July 2020 with Ashley Reid, CEO, Cancer Council WA, Signature Leadership Program Alumnus, and recipient of the 2019 Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow Award. Details of the webinar will be released closer to the date.
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 Signature Leadership Program acts as both a compass, navigating participants into new self-discoveries; and 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.
The Signature Leadership Program takes participants on a journey of self-awareness, self-mastery, and exposure to the dynamic issues facing Western Australia.
Participants explore leadership through dialogue with a range of inspirational leaders who candidly share insights to their own experiences and challenges. Participants also share stories, difficulties and solutions with peers from a diverse range of sectors, backgrounds and industries.
The 2019 Signature Leadership Program includes:
Interaction and discussion on leadership with influential leaders from across the state
Ten full-day experiences (and one two-day experience) which feature high profile speakers and in-depth explorations of key issues facing Western Australia. Issues range from within Justice, Health, Education and others.
Behind-the-scene visits to leading organisations across the state
Two three-day field trips to regional Western Australia (flights, accommodation, and catering included) to further explore regional issues and opportunities
Residential opening and closing retreats (accommodation and catering included)
Access to topical readings and resources
PRINT psychometric testing and debriefing
Ongoing interaction with a strong network of diverse leaders
Each day experience (except the field trips and retreats) run from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Featured extras include:
4 Executive Coaching sessions with an accredited Coach
Access to program mentorship from the Alumni community
Invitations to exclusive Alumni events
Opportunity to access additional Executive Coaching at Leadership WA rates
BENEFITS FOR YOU
During the Signature Leadership Program, participants:
Acquire high-level leadership skills and the capacity to effect positive change in their organisation
Develop the ability to make wiser, better informed and collaborative decisions
Gain improved peak performance, resilience, self-reflection and accountability
Develop the ability to question and improve existing systems
Gain access to an influential network of the State’s most experienced and insightful leaders.
Greater understanding of how to navigate challenges and opportunities in Western Australia
BENEFITS FOR YOUR ORGANISATION
By supporting an employee through the Signature Leadership Program, your organisation will gain a more thoughtful, better connected leader who:
Understands how to maximise their strengths to be a more effective leader within your organisation
Contributes to informed decision-making
Demonstrates an increased understanding of challenges and opportunities in Western Australia across sectors and industries
Connects to a significant cross-sector networks
Makes an impact in the community sector
The Signature Leadership Program is run over ten months.
Full day Program experiences occur once every 2-4 weeks. Please note the Opening Retreat, Closing Retreats, and field trips require travel away. All other experiences run from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
2020 Program Experience Dates:
Opening retreat – 5-7 February
Governor’s Opening Reception – TBC February 2020
Experience 2: 28 February
Experience 3: 20 March
Experience 4: 7 April
Experience 5: 1 May
Experience 6: 27 – 29 May – Field trip
Experience 7: 18 June
Experience 8: 9 & 10 July – Mid Year Reflections
Experience 9: 23 July
Experience 10: 14 August
Experience 11: 2 – 4 September – Field trip
Experience 12: 23 September
Experience 13: 15 October
Experience 14: 5 & 6 November (Closing retreat)
Graduation: 13 November (6pm to 9.30pm)
Organisational fee: $12,518
Personal fee: $2,255
Total Investment: $14,773 Prices are inclusive of GST and include all program costs, including experiences, retreats, field trip travel and accommodation. Fees subject to change.
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.
REGIONAL ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development Scholarships support regional Aboriginal participants onto Leadership WA’s Signature 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.