Rising Leadership Program

Program Dates

Applications for 2024 have closed
2025 Applications will open in June

Program Fees

Organisational fee:
Personal fee:
Total investment:

2024 Fees, inclusive of GST and covers all Program costs. To learn more about the Organisation and Personal fees, visit our FAQs

The Rising Leadership Program is designed to develop mid-career professionals from all sectors and industries, and equip you with the tools and frameworks to become authentic, courageous and effective leaders.

The experiential Program includes cohort-based learning; experiential by design. Participants advance together through the Program with personal and collective learning, reflections and action.

Selection is a competitive process and candidates are required to complete an online application, which is followed by an interview for those selected to progress to the next stage.

Over the six-month Rising Leadership Program, you will explore a variety of themes through collaborative discussions and unique leadership experiences, specifically tailored to your journey as a leader. This Program provides you with invaluable access to some of Western Australia’s most insightful leaders, as they share their leadership journeys with candour under the confidentiality ‘Chatham House Rule’.

By embarking on the Rising Leadership Program, you will strengthen your leadership skills and broaden your perspectives, alongside a cohort who have been carefully curated to ensure diversity of thought and experience.

“The Rising Leadership Program provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my professional and personal journey, both past and future, and helped me better understand how I could be more effective and impactful through my actions. Rising also provided me with an incredible network of people that I can now call on for guidance.” – Regan Ashley | Senior Project Manager, Vital Images, Rising Leadership Program Graduate

Learning Outcomes

The Rising Leadership Program focuses on developing both the inner and outer game of courageous and authentic Leadership – inner thoughts and emotions and the outer actions at work.

You will receive frameworks, tools and relevant resources.

The Program has 3 foundation pillars:

Leading Me

  • Understanding who you are as an authentic leader
  • Identifying and building on your existing strengths
  • Creating helpful habits to lead with courage, wellness and to flourish

Leading Us

  • Understanding what it takes to inspire people and teams to achieve performance goals by focusing on outcomes over outputs.
  • Applying human-centered leadership strategies and tools (such as coaching and feedback) to build individual and team performance.
  • Building confidence and capacity to lead teams through complex challenges

Leading Together

  • Increasing your ability to drive positive change and new ways of working
  • Creating collaborative networks and relationships to advance your organisation’s purpose
  • Improving your ability to influence and make an impact

Program Overview

The Rising Leadership Program is uniquely structured with carefully designed immersive cohort learning experiences.

Set over 12 unique leadership Experience Days, the Rising Leadership Program combines collaborative group work, opportunities for reflection and diverse experiences with respected WA leaders. Each Experience Day typically runs from 9:00am to 4:30pm and include refreshments and lunch.

Throughout the Program, you will also undertake a collaborative group Community Impact Project, centred around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, under the direction of a mentor from the not-for-profit sector.

Alumni Network

Following completion of the Program. you will join a strong and influential network of almost 1300 Leadership WA Alumni. This network comes together regularly to continue to grow and learn, and to give back by contributing to Leadership WA’s Skillsbank initiative, where Alumni share their expertise and time to support social impact activities across WA, making a real and meaningful difference in the community.

Scholarships Available

We are delighted to offer a number of Scholarships for the Rising Leadership Program, supported by both the Leadership WA Foundation and our partner organisations, including the Mt Burdett Foundation Scholarship for applicants who live in regional WA.

We are also pleased to announce two new full fee Scholarships for 2024

  • Construction Training Fund (CTF) Construction Sector Leaders Scholarships for those actively working in the WA construction sector, in an area the CTF supports.
  • There are two scholarships available – one for a metropolitan participant and one for a regional participant which includes all travel and accommodation.

To see the latest opportunities and for more information, please visit our Scholarships page.

2024 PROGRAM DATES | March Cohort

Now Closed
Now Closed
Experience 1 – Orientation
Monday 25 - Wednesday, 27 March 2024
Experience 2
Thursday, 18 April 2024
Experience 3
Thursday, 9 May 2024
Experience 4
Thursday, 23 May 2024
Experience 5
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
Experience 6
Thursday, 13 June 2024
Experience 7
Thursday, 25 July 2024
Experience 8
Friday, 26 July 2024
Experience 9
Thursday, 15 August 2024
Experience 10 & Graduation
Thursday, 5 September 2024

2024 PROGRAM DATES | July Cohort

Now Closed
Now Closed
Experience 1 – Orientation
Wednesday 17 - Friday, 19 July 2024
Experience 2
Wednesday, 7 August 2024
Experience 3
Thursday, 29 August 2024
Experience 4
Thursday, 19 September 2024
Experience 5
Wednesday, 16 October 2024
Experience 6
Thursday, 17 October 2024
Experience 7
Tuesday, 12 November 2024
Experience 8
Wednesday, 13 November 2024
Experience 9
Thursday, 28 November 2024
Experience 10 & Graduation
Thursday, 12 December 2024

*Please note, if we achieve the maximum number of successful candidates representing a diverse cohort prior to the published closing application date, we reserve the right to close applications. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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If you have any questions regarding our programs and courses please contact us by phone or filling in the contact form.

The team at Leadership Western Australia would be more than happy to assist you with the selection of programs and courses to best suit your needs or those of your team.

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Emma Gibbs

"Witnessing the growth of my cohort over the six months, I know that the future of leadership in WA is diverse, it is authentic, and it is bright."

Emma Gibbs , Rising Leadership Program
Academic Chair and Lecturer Creative Arts Therapies, Murdoch University | 2023 Rising Leadership Program