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Building leadership capacity to drive change

Dr Andre Taylor, IWC Leadership Specialist, led a session on 'Building leadership capacity to drive change: lessons from a new program' at Enviro 2012 (25 July, Adelaide, South Australia).
Building leadership capacity to drive change

Dr André Taylor, Leadership Specialist, International WaterCentre

Conference paper presented at Enviro 2012

Taylor, A., and McIntosh, B. (2012). Building leadership capacity to drive change: Lessons from a new program


"This paper provides guidance on how to customise a leadership development initiative for a particular context and target audience (e.g. a leadership development program). It begins by explaining the importance of leadership capacity to sustainability practitioners, and the need to customise tools to build this capacity. The paper outlines a six-step process for building customised tools. It then uses a new leadership development program (i.e. the International WaterCentre’s Water Leadership Program) as a case study. This program targets emerging, non-executive water leaders at a project to middle management level. It aims to help them to be more effective at exercising influence, driving change and advancing more integrated and sustainable forms of water management. The design, research basis, content and preliminary evaluation results from this program are discussed. Finally, the paper shares some lessons learnt from designing and delivering this program."

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About the IWC Water Leadership Program

The next intake will start in December 2012 (program duration: 9 months). The program is supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Read more

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Got questions? Join our Webinar

If you want to learn more about the program, please join us for an online information session hosted by Dr Andre Taylor:

• Date: Wed. 29 August 2012
• Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm (AEST, Brisbane time)

This webinar will be a great opportunity to get a taste for the program, ask questions directly to Andre and learn about tools which can help improve your leadership ability prior to beginning the program.
Click here to register to the webinar



Dr Andre Taylor, Leadership Specialist, IWC
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* Note the Water Leadership Program is different from the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM), also delivered by the International WaterCentre (IWC).


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