I encountered the ALA team undertaking the Social Leadership Australia 2017 programme. I think encounter is the right word – meetings in a work sense can be frivolous and even tedious; time wasting. Encounters are much more memorable: challenging; perspective-changing.
Rosamund and Sophi were the principal facilitators of the course, Julie guided us through specific sessions, and Lisa provided mentorship through the programme.
I had wanted to undertake some further structured learning for some time, but hadn’t identified what – at the stage of my career, deeper technical knowledge was not the right path, and similarly many management programs would have replicated many of tools and methods I have learned over my 25 year professional career in finance areas.
The SLA programme was perfect: the length of the programme was very manageable (6 months), the format 2-3 concentrated blocks each month really worked for me, and the time commitment between the group days was not onerous. If I have made it sound easy, forgive me. It was very challenging. And it was truly about leadership, as opposed to management.
I have often thought that if I get one really good insight a year, it’s been a good year. During the programme I gained a number of deep insights, the sorts that once seen, can’t be unseen; and which genuinely changed my view of myself, of others, and of the world around me.
Many factors played their part in this:
– The choice of content was excellent; choices that were tweaked on a real time basis by Rosamund and Sophi to adapt to the progress and temperature of the group.
– The quality of facilitation was outstanding: Rosamund and Sophie with their piercing questions and silences, Lisa with her mind maps helping me see my own thoughts, Julie bringing her deep experience from senior learning and people leadership roles.
– My cohort of participants – 22 amazing people from across the public sector, not for profits, and corporates. It is rare for me to be able to learn in a group of contemporaries. Most of my work, social, and family life is spent in hierarchies. The levelling and absence of a work title was very liberating. I have formed very close bonds with many of these colleagues.
Undertaking the course is a privilege. And it carries with it an obligation. To lead.
I have recommended the ALA team to many close respected friends. I encourage you to investigate how ALA can assist you on your leadership journey.
General Manager Tax/Pacific National