Encompassing a sophisticated blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, the ALP immerses participants in a multilayered development journey designed to ensure maximum individual impact. Coordinated via our state of the art learning management system, the program provides powerful and accessible learning.
Segmented into eleven key themes, the Advanced Leadership Program engages participants in a comprehensive exploration of the responsibilities and opportunities of senior leadership. Through exploring previous experiences, participants gain a deeper understanding of their innate drivers and derailers and develop the skills to take a more adaptive approach to current and future challenges.
THE ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Redefining your Role
Reinforcing Resilience and Wellbeing
Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via our state of the art online learning management system (LMS) allowing participants to engage with it at any time from any device. Content includes high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, experiential activities and reflective tasks. Throughout the program, participants are also free to connect with each other 24/7 via the LMS and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.
Participants undertake a psychometric assessment which provides meaningful insight into their personality, characteristics, values, strengths and derailers. Known as the ‘Hogan Leadership Forecast Series’, the assessment generates three development reports based on the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI). Each report offers detailed information regarding the characteristics, competencies, and values that underlie how the participant approaches work and leadership and how they interact with others in the workplace. These assessments are designed to bring together three distinct aspects of personality to provide strategic self-awareness and assist in identifying key areas for development.
Adaptive Leadership Challenge
As participants work through the program, they are asked to identify, plan and undertake an Adaptive Leadership Challenge. Through their Adaptive Leadership Challenge participants have an opportunity to test out new strategies and methodologies and integrate their learning into their everyday environment. Outcomes and results from the Adaptive Leadership Challenge are presented to peers at the end of the program.
Leader as Coach
The ‘leader as coach’ sessions are designed to develop participants’ own coaching capacity so they can not only increase their own self-awareness and developmental insights, but support learning in others. Participants are invited to reach out to their peers in order to form effective partnerships in which they can utilize coaching models to practice meaningful, outcome-driven coaching and mentoring conversations.
Through the one-on-one executive coaching, participants take a deep dive into their individual situations and establish the foundations for their unique vision of success. Participants attend four sessions with their executive coach, at key points throughout the Advanced Leadership Program. WLI has designed a rigorous, best practice approach to coaching which adheres to the code of ethics established by the International Coaching Federation.
During the program, participants attend three, two-day face-to-face workshops, interacting with an extended group of ALP participants from across the country. During the workshops participants come together to work collaboratively and build powerful friendships and alliances. Each two-day workshop is designed to deeply immerse participants in the subject matter and create valuable insights informed by collective experience.
Interactive online Workshops
At regular intervals across the program, participants attend interactive, online workshops with their immediate cohort group. Focused on rich discussion and debate pertinent to each of the key themes, these high impact sessions aim to contextualise learning within real world situations and promote peer group interaction. Utilising the very latest developments in synchronous online learning, these highly accessible sessions create a powerful regular connection point to explore new ideas and insights.
LEADERSHIP AND AUTHENTICITY
Participants identify frameworks and individual behaviours that underpin authentic and effective female leadership and consider what this means in their particular context. Participants go on to examine the impact of values upon leadership, decision making and organisational culture. Finally, participants are introduced to reflective practices that they can use to enhance their leadership capacity.
COMMUNICATION, PRESENCE AND INFLUENCE
Participants analyse the enablers of high-functioning teams and explore ways to develop cohesion and trust in order to enhance team performance. Participants also examine the role of culture in team dynamics and learn how to foster cultures that place a premium on collaboration and collective effort.
Participants examine common workplace challenges and explore ways to facilitate discussion around wellbeing, resilience and social capital within their teams. Practical strategies, tools and models for supporting themselves and others are explored. Participants go on to develop new ways to overcome challenges, bounce back from adversity and increase their resourcefulness.
This theme considers ways that participants must continually re-define their role and value proposition to their organisation as they take on new roles and responsibilities. Participants identify their ingrained competency traps, develop new situation sensors and begin to recognise and leverage their strengths in order to develop the personal vision for effective leadership.
This module provides participants with an opportunity to appreciate the benefits and challenges of diversity and inclusion from an organisational perspective. Diversity and inclusion are explored in the context of social capital and impact on organisations. Issues such as sexism and ageism are highlighted and discussed, underpinned by purposeful case-studies and curated materials. Participants are offered strategies to promote inclusion and equity and to positively leverage diversity.
PROGRESSING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Engaging with Challenge and Conflict
Participants are challenged on their current perspectives towards conflict and its role in effective leadership and collaboration. Participants explore ways to increase their confidence to engage in conflict and their ability to utilise effective feedback to enhance performance and engagement.
Rewiring your Networks
Effective networking, within, across and beyond the organisation, is one of the key factors that distinguish exceptional leaders. Effective communication and emotional intelligence are essential to building and maintaining a good network, which in turn can become a powerful asset on your leadership journey. Participants will explore the interface between operational, personal and strategic networks and identify new ways to become active and effective across all three.
Participants examine the difference between creativity and innovation, and how to harness the benefits within their organisation. Participants explore a range of strategies to drive organisational performance and examine strategic analysis and decision making tools to help them lead effective change.
EVOLVING STRATEGIC CHANGE
Communicating with Presence and Influence
This theme focuses on building leadership presence, influencing tactics and communicating effectively at an interpersonal, team, and organisational level. Participants begin to explore their preferred style of communication and the possible implications of their style on others. Participants go on to explore alternative communication styles and the ways in which communication can be leveraged for maximum impact.
Developing a Leadership Mindset
The transition to truly effective organisational leadership is not a flick-switch. Nor is it an elegant curve or linear process from one level of capability to the next. Real transformation requires time, patience and adaptability. This theme will allow participants to begin developing the mindset they will require to succeed. It will also provide tools and guidance on ways to manage setbacks along the way.
This theme centres on building a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for future growth. Within the context and expectations of their current situation, participants consider the steps required to effectively leverage their experience and put measures in place to realise their full potential presently and in the future.