Due to the changing situation relating to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Towards Strategic Leadership program has been redesigned with an exciting new format tailored specifically for online learning and for our times. Towards Strategic Leadership: In a Time of Prolonged Crisis (TSL: ITPC) has been developed by respected program co-directors Paul ‘t Hart and Robbie Macpherson and will be delivered over eight weeks from 21 October to 17 December 2020. To find out more, please visit the TSL: ITPC webpage. If you would like to submit an expression of interest for the 2021 Towards Strategic Leadership program, please see the information below. Note: the format of the 2021 Towards Strategic Leadership program will be dependent on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any queries, please contact programs_team@anzsog.edu.au.

 ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership Program (TSL) is a unique two-week program that helps public service leaders develop the qualities needed to thrive in a senior executive role: a strategic outlook, political astuteness, personal resilience and the capacity to reflect and learn continuously.


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ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership program uncovers the potential strengths in public service leaders and encourages them to overcome personal obstacles and think more strategically about their everyday practices.

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"We had a diverse cohort of people from across Australia and New Zealand, each bringing their own experiences to the group. It had been great to know that there are people experiencing the same issues. " Nicole Opie Assistant Director, Asset Planning Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
"Our TSL graduates develop a well rounded and balanced approach to tackling some of the more complex and challenging policy problems facing Victoria. " Chris Eccles Secretary Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
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"TSL has given me a better understanding of who I am as a leader and my strengths, as well as some of my blind spots. " Tom McGregor Director, Legal Services, Youth Justice Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria


TSL is delivered across two one-week blocks in two separate cities:

Module 1 - Dates TBC, Sydney

Module 2 – Dates TBC, Brisbane

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How do I apply?

Applications for Towards Strategic Leadership are now open. Please submit an application form by clicking the button below and filling out your details. An ANZSOG representative will be in touch after receiving your application.

Participants may be nominated by their employers or may nominate themselves. The program offers a maximum of 40 places each year and candidates are reviewed by a selection committee, which assesses each applicant’s level and experience and, where possible, seeks a balance of jurisdictions and departments.

If you are interested in applying for TSL, we encourage you to speak to our alumni to get an insider's perspective. Please contact our Programs Team, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrange an introduction.

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At the end of the program, participants will have:

  • Explored their leadership influences and identified their appetite for strategic leadership roles
  • Developed critical and reflective skills to clarify personal values and support their own and others' development as leaders
  • Gained insight into the systemic dynamics, which underpin strategic leadership
  • Become more resilient and adaptive in the face of pressure and conflict
  • Critically evaluated theories and concepts of leading change and innovation in public sector setting
  • Built their capacity to tackle ‘wicked’ problems
  • Built new relationships with fellow participants who come from a range of levels and sectors across Australia and New Zealand
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Paul 't Hart

Our participants are leaders who value the importance of rising above ‘fire-fighting’ and relentless ‘issue management’ in public service life. They are keen to get ahead of the game.

Paul 't Hart

Towards strategic Leadership Co-Director

Professor of Public Administration - Utrecht University

Associate Dean - Netherlands School of Public Administration



Paul 't Hart

Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague. His experience with leadership is based on extensive and close-up research, training and consulting in the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. His work focuses on political and public service leadership, policy evaluation, public accountability and crisis management. He currently leads a program of research in what makes public policies, organisations and networks particularly successful.

Robbie Macpherson

Managing Director of Adaptable Leadership and Principal at Reos Partners, a global consultancy that drives thinking and practice in solving tough, systemic problems. He has extensive experience developing senior public sector leaders as well as executives in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked in Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, the US and South Africa.



Robbie Macpherson

It's less academic than other courses, and deliberately so. It's highly pragmatic with practical elements but is led by contemporary thinking and research about public sector leadership.

Robbie Macpherson

Towards strategic Leadership Co-Director

Managing Director, Adaptable Leadership and Principal

Reos Partners 


Key people

Paul 't Hart

  • Job Title: Professor
  • Organisation: Utrecht University and Netherlands School of Government
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Robbie Macpherson

  • Job Title: Managing Director
  • Organisation: Adaptable Leadership
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