Professor John Gordon, Yale University
Because leadership development is a lifelong activity, the IWC Water Leadership Program builds the capacity of participants to continually develop as leaders over their careers.
Emerging water leaders
Key elements of the program
Featuring a balance between academic and real-world approaches to learning and development, the IWC Water Leadership Program is delivered collaboratively between universities and practitioners.
It includes the following elements:
- mentoring and coaching activities involving highly experienced executives from the water industry (eg. Ms Jude Munro, Mr Rob Skinner, Mr Mark Pascoe)
- a sound research and theoretical basis, including conceptual models of effective water leaders, leadership processes and leadership development
- the use of ‘360-degree feedback tools’ to help identify key leadership strengths and weaknesses of participants, and build their self-awareness
- one-to-one coaching sessions and monthly on-line discussion forums
- the use of individual leadership development plans, and challenging cross-boundary projects so that participants can practise new leadership behaviours and tactics
- peer review of the program’s design, content and evaluation by senior industry practitioners and leading academics to ensure the program meets the needs of the water sector.
Program brochure and outline
- complete pre-training exercises and readings
- attend two intensive face-to-face training sessions in Brisbane. The first training session is mandatory and will take place in the first week of February (5 days). The second training session will be optional and take place in the first week of July (2 days). Participants who can't travel to Brisbane will have access to recorded presentations online.
- engage in one-on-one coaching sessions and build mentoring relationships
- complete monthly activities (e.g readings, webinars, on-line discussion forums)
- attend a final one-on-one coaching session at the end of the program
Estimated time commitment
We estimate that the program will require approximately 15 days of time in total over nine months for full commitment to all activities. The IWC recognises, however, that not everyone will be able to make the time to complete all elements of the program.
The delivery of the program is flexible to suit the needs of busy water professionals who work full-time. IWC will help participants to do various elements on-line or to ‘catch-up’ if they get behind for personal or work-related reasons.
Strengths of this design
- The course content is based on rigorous research and international literature
- The course design and content is peer-reviewed by leading researchers and experienced industry practitioners from different parts of the water sector
- The design is a ‘feedback-intensive’ program which is thought to be the most effective combination of leadership development interventions
- The delivery involves significant input by several highly respected executives from the water industry, including former CEOs of leading water agencies.
Up to seven scholarships are available for the 2016/17 intake (apply by 15 September 2016):
Direct applicants (no scholarship)
If you are not applying for a scholarship you can apply for the program as a full-fee paying participant by completing a program application form by 6 November 2016: