Authentic leadership

Dr Dana Born  – a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and distinguished former military leader – helps participants in this two-day workshop understand their personal story, how to lead effectively and how to find leadership purpose.

“Each of us is passionate about something,” Dr Born says. “Linking that passion to creating the commitment and courage to live one’s unique purpose is key to unlocking the future, changing the world and living a more meaningful life.”

Key benefits

Challenging conventional assumptions about leadership, this transformative workshop will help you take control of your career. It will increase your readiness for new leadership opportunities.

Participants will learn to shift their leadership focus from “I” to “we”, discovering that authentic leadership is about leading by example and empowering others.

Feedback from previous participants highlights that people walk away from the workshop with a greater sense of personal and professional clarity and focus.

Fantastic timing considering I am at a point of transition in my career. Fantastic food for thought, new perspectives, and a chance to speak my inner voice.

Course details

Over two days, Dr Born guides participants through case studies, individual exercises, debates and small-group discussions. There are also industry presentations and case studies using real-world public sector examples. Participants will create a leadership purpose statement to launch their own “true north” development plan.

A small amount of pre-course preparation is recommended.

Authentic leadership content will include:

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you headed?
  • Self-awareness
  • Values, principles and ethical boundaries
  • Integrated life and support team
  • Courageous conversations
  • Empowering others to lead
  • Your leadership purpose.

Melbourne's Authentic Leadership workshop will also feature a panel of internationally-renowned speakers, facilitated by Dr Born. The panel will include: 

Paris Aristotle AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., also known as Foundation House. Paris has over 30 years’ experience in the field of supporting refugees and asylum seekers, particularly the provision of services to survivors of torture and trauma. Paris is on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, the Chair of the Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC) and was Chair of the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD). He is also an executive member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). In 2017 Paris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year.

Carmel Arthur is the full-time Board Member of Victoria's Post-Sentence Authority (PSA). The PSA is responsible for independent rigorous monitoring of serious offenders on post-sentence orders and oversight of Victoria's post-sentence scheme. Carmel is also a Director of the Sentencing Advisory Council and a Board Member of the Pennington Institute. 

Well worth my time. Feel inspired to go live my leadership purpose.

Who should attend

Authentic leadership will be valuable for mid to senior-level managers in the public and not-for-profit sectors who are interested in their own leadership development and the leadership development of others.


$AU 2,300 (inc. GST)

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount*

Receive a 25% discount for registrations of four or more people*

*Only one discount is redeemable for each registration. Please contact us for more information

To enquire about this workshop, please complete the executive workshop enquiry form.

This workshop is also being held in Perth on 10-11 September and Sydney on 27-28 September (a co-branded workshop with AIPM).  

Customised version

This masterclass can be customised to suit the needs of your  department or jurisdiction. To enquire about running this masterclass for your department or jurisdiction, please complete the Tailored learning enquiry form.

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Venue information

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