The Tasmanian Leaders Program is an annual program, which is delivered on a part time basis over a 11 month period between February and December. This structure allows participants to maintain their professional and personal responsibilities. The realistic time-commitment also allows attendance, reading, reflection and active networking to occur over a sustained period, strengthening the relationships between participants.
The Program has four main streams of development activity:
- three residential retreats
- eight linking sessions
- ongoing contact between the retreats and linking sessions
- a group based community project
The Residentials provide an opportunity for in depth personal and professional development. The same core facilitators design and lead all Residentials providing continuity throughout the year.
During the Residentials, and also at the Linking Sessions, participants will develop and practice a range of leadership competencies to allow:
- greater understanding of self, impact of behaviour on others and group dynamics to increase capacity to motivate, lead and mentor;
- better strategic thinking processes so that decision making is informed, considered, inclusive and long term;
- growth in confidence and communication skills to better negotiate, influence and lead change;
- improved professional and personal relationships skills and an improved ability to work with and value diversity; and
- clarity of personal strengths and weaknesses and development of a life plan and career path.
Each Linking Session is held over two days – usually a Friday and a Saturday, although one in 2017 is scheduled for a Thursday and Friday to allow for site tours during business hours on the North West coast.
One day of each Linking Session is devoted to the exploration of an issue of significance for Tasmania, its communities and its future. Examples of issues explored in previous programs include Economy, Innovation, Education, Governance, Health, Sustainable Development and Technology. These sessions involve a variety of experts, critical thinkers and business and community leaders who help participants explore different perspectives on the topic to challenge existing beliefs and assumptions.
The second day of each Linking Session is devoted to exploring different facets of leadership development focusing on personal development.
The Linking Sessions allow for robust discussion of issues in a confidential environment; all sessions are conducted in accordance with the Chatham House Rule. A key element of these sessions is the engagement between participants and the 130 plus speakers they are exposed to during the program through facilitated question and answer sessions.
These sessions help participants think in more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways building greater capacity to work with ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty.
Learning Set Projects
A key feature of the TLP is the identification and successful completion of a project with community benefits in small groups. Projects are designed to reinforce and develop program learning, to make a positive difference in the Tasmanian community, as well as to deliver a demonstrable “return on investment” to the State.
Participants are encouraged to complete their projects during the 11 months of the program. However, some will require completion during the six months following the program. The projects encourage learning and as such the outcomes of them are reported at the Alumni Congress the year following graduation. Attendees at the Congress include TLI Board members, TLP Alumni and our Leadership Champions.