Emerging water leaders meet in Brisbane for Water Leadership Program 2016/17
Participants during a workshop at the University of Queensland (image credit: Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriens)
The face-to-face intensive, held from 13 - 17 February, forms part of the nine-month Water Leadership Program that runs each year from 1 December to 31 August. Designed for emerging water leaders at the project to middle management level, the program is customised for the water sector and focuses on helping leaders to build the leadership abilities to manage complex challenges, as well as to collaborate and exert influence across organisational boundaries.
Participants identified learning from successful leaders, discussing strengths and weaknesses and being equipped with the techniques and behaviours of successful leaders as an important component of their learning for the next six months.
IWC Leadership Specialist and Water Leadership Program Facilitator André Taylor was joined by global Leadership Coach and CEO of TransformationFirst.Asia Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns for the week in Brisbane where workshops focused on experiential learning (and leading) by doing.
The Water Leadership Program
The program includes the following elements:
mentoring and coaching activities involving three highly experienced executives from the water industry (Rob Skinner, Jude Munro and 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
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.