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7 June 2011 at 1:02 pm
Staff Reporter
Scholarships are available for future leaders from the Not for Profit sector to take part in an intensive year-long leadership program in Queensland.

Staff Reporter | 7 June 2011 at 1:02 pm


Leadership Scholarships for NFP Leaders
7 June 2011 at 1:02 pm

Scholarships are available for future leaders from the Not for Profit sector to take part in an intensive year-long leadership program in Queensland.

Applicants are being sought from the Not for Profit sector, the Indigenous community and rural and regional Queensland to take part in Social Leadership Australia’s (SLA) year long leadership program Queensland Leadership.

The scholarships – provided by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Queensland Government and the Australian Scholarships Foundation,

Now in its third year, Queensland Leadership is based on Sydney Leadership, which has seen up to 400 leaders from hundreds of organisations graduate since it began in 1999.

The Queensland Leadership program uses an Adaptive Leadership model developed at Harvard University.  However what makes the program different is that it doesn’t use textbooks or traditional classrooms, instead taking participants into prisons, schools, housing commission estates, detention centres and other marginalised communities to teach leadership in ‘real time, in the real world’.

SLA Director, Robbie Macpherson says society's most commonly held concepts of leadership have become tired, unhelpful and profoundly problematic.

Macpherson says as society faces complex challenges and an uncertain future, the central leadership challenge is to mobilise people to face their reality and participate in the change required to bring about lasting progress

Macpherson says Queensland Leadership is for people who are motivated to make a difference, whether that be through their personal lives or professional careers—and whether that career be in business, government or the not-for-profit sector; in the city or in the country.

Up to 30 people from across all sectors will be selected for Queensland Leadership 2011-2012. A number of scholarships will be made available for participants from rural and regional Queensland, and from the not-for-profit sector.

Queensland Leadership's Robin Francis says she hopes up to one third of the program will be filled with scholarship holders. She says based on the Sydney Leadership program, there may be as many as 8 scholarships provided either in full or as a part scholarship.

Fracnis says applicants are able to indicate they wish to nominate for a scholarship when applying for the program.

She says bringing people from both the corporate and Not for Profit worlds together is key to the way the leadership program works. By bringing people from together from across diverse areas, Francis says the program is able to build bridges between people from very different backgrounds, and shift the understanding of the way the Not for Profit and corporate sectors see each other.

Information sessions will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 2 June, Friday 24 June and Tuesday 5 July. The program commences in October and applications close on 29 July 2011.

For more information visit or contact Queensland Leadership on (07) 3170 4618 or

Social Leadership Australia (SLA) is a Not for Profit leadership development consultancy established in 1999 by The Benevolent Society. 

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