In its 10th year of delivering leadership programs,
the Committee for Geelong held the first pilot session of
Activating Leaders Program (Activate) - an eight week program for
emerging leaders to explore the foundations of
Activate is an opportunity for
participants to gain confidence, knowledge, skills and strategies
to lift their leadership capacity and contribution for personal,
professional and community benefit.
The first session held at the
new Eastern Hub Geelong community space on Thursday 5 May was
facilitated by Kevin Larkin of Leading Australia and Cynthia
Mahoney of CMA Associates.
Diverse participants from the
not-for-profit sector, community, sport and corporations joined
together and early on participants were asked to show leadership by
putting themselves in the spotlight with roles such as
photographer, guest 'introducer' and 'thanker', while two offered
to revel their thoughts via this written blog.
Leah Twaits, Employment
Pathways Project Co-ordinator at Karingal expressed the
nerves of many in the room at the start of the session.
"I didn't know what to expect
attending the first session of Activate. A little anxious thinking
of what may be in store. Each participant got to introduce their
buddy and this helped to relax everyone in the room. It was great
to hear of people's backgrounds, hobbies and why they wanted to
complete Activate. The room was filled with a wide range of
experience from varied backgrounds.
"Kevin Larkin presented
'Leadership v's Management' and an 'Intro to Leadership Styles',
these were inspiring and packed with tools to assist with future
"The key messages I took away
were - Be, Do, Act….Plus there's no way you can lead others if you
can't lead yourself. F.E.A.R - Face Everything And Rise. It was a
great day with a fantastic group and I can't wait to attend the
Lucy Marshall, Senior
Forensic Analyst with the Transport Accident Commission
(TAC) reflected on the following.
"A room full of strangers came
together with one mission…we commenced with introductions and an
opportunity to reveal not only the professional but also a more
personable insight into each member with some surprising
commonalities in our lifestyle and experiences.
"During 'The Chosen One' each
member had the opportunity to choose a leader that was prominent to
them and the qualities they could resonate with.
"We embarked on our leadership
journey with an interactive session to sprinkle the personal values
that each individual hopes to inject into the program.
Time is of the essence:
Kevin broke down the realities of time over the 8 weeks into hours
highlighting the importance of investing this.
"Kevin was energetic in
introducing concepts and translating these with real life examples,
wisdom and principles which generated discussion and some of those
"It was refreshing to explore
leadership styles with the prospect for self-reflection to
challenge our current understanding and how we can inspire
Committee for Geelong will be
running the second pilot Activate program later in 2016.
For further details or to
express your interest please contact Rosemary White, Leadership
Manager on 5227 8293 or firstname.lastname@example.org