LEAD program

What is LEAD?

Lead, Engage, Aspire, Develop (LEAD) is a SSAF funded leadership program, which gives aspiring student leaders an opportunity to build leadership capacity, interpersonal communication and gain skills for future employment.

LEAD in 2017 was a great success and we are expanding the 2018 program to involve more face-to-face workshops, activities and events.

What does the LEAD program involve?

The LEAD program will provide students with training that will help them build their leadership capacities, self-awareness, communication, and intercultural understanding. This will involve:

  1. A one-day conference (during the intra-session break)
  2. Leadership workshop series
  3. Online Modules
  4. An off-campus retreat
  5. A completion ceremony

LEAD is run on a flexible point-based system providing the autonomy to self-select into meaningful learning experiences and better enabling the effective management of competing demands such as study, work and extra-curricular activities.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to be a part of the LEAD program, you must:

  1. Be a current student of Western Sydney University
  2. Be able to travel to multiple campuses including Parramatta, Kingswood and Bankstown
  3. Confirm your commitment and responsibility
  4. Complete the questionnaire after completing the application form which demonstrates your:
  • Professionalism
  • Potential to be a leader at Western Sydney University and,
  • Enthusiasm to make the most of and appreciate this opportunity

LEADers will be students who are enthusiastic and who will actively engage with other LEAD students.

What will I gain?

The feedback from students who participated in 2016 was overwhelmingly positive with students saying, "The conference and the leadership workshops were great. I really learned how to improve specific aspects of my leadership", "After learning more about my strengths and weaknesses. I now know where to apply them...I also now know areas in which I can further improve to help make me the person I envision to become" and, "the best part was feeling involved in something with a purpose".

Regardless of whether you want to join to learn new skills, make friends or challenge yourself you will find the program to be a unique and valuable opportunity. For example, 90% of our LEADers reported an increase in confidence and positive changes in their thoughts about leadership. Some have even attributed landing their job to participating in LEAD: “I just wanted to say thank you!  The LEAD Program ...was one of the main reasons why I got the job.  They wanted someone not only in Finance, but also someone that would challenge themselves. LEAD has taught me a lot about it and thinking outside the box in many situations. Thank you letting me be part of the program!!!”

Along with the experience, the LEAD program has a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Access to professionals within and outside of the University during the conference and workshops
  • The opportunity to participate in and engage with others on topical themes
  • Networking with like-minded people and build your professional contacts
  • Building your confidence, enhancing your employability skills and learning from the best
  • An invitation to an outdoor leadership retreat
  • An invitation to a ceremony upon completion to acknowledge your hard work and LEADing efforts

What is expected of a Leader?

To successful complete the LEAD program and receive a certificate of completion, you will need to:

  1. Be an active participant in group activities
  2. Provide comprehensive intra-program and end of program evaluations and reflections
  3. Complete 100 points of the available 190 points by attending a selection of face-to-face activities:
  • A full one day conference
  • Workshops
  • Off-campus retreat

Being part of the LEAD program is a valuable experience and unique opportunity. We expect that students recognise that and commit to completing all necessary requirements of the program. LEADers will also have demonstrated a consistently positive approach to the University and their learning, this means LEADers will be:

  • Reliable – Good attendance and punctuality
  • A good sport – Consistently positive and co-operative
  • Respectful – Positively acknowledging students, staff members and external personnel
  • Organised – complete each requirement in a timely manner
  • Enthusiastic – actively engage with students, staff and external personnel and demonstrate willingness to get the most out of the program

How do I register?

Registrations are now open! (opens in a new window)

All enthusiastic students who are committed to participating in the program are encouraged to apply. The registration questionnaire will ask some short answer questions about your leadership journey so far and what you hope to achieve in LEAD.

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the LEAD Project Team.