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“Step up” to lead communities

SOUTH Gippsland people of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to “step up” and learn how to lead their local communities’ groups and organisations.

The South Gippsland Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest by Friday May 29, 2020 for the 20 places available in its free Community Leadership Program.

The intensive nine-session skills development program is scheduled to begin in October and will continue until March 2021.

The shire’s administration panel chair Julie Eisenbise said, “we want to give people an opportunity to consider their own as well as their communities’ futures and to give them the confidence to step up and take on leadership roles.

“Skills like those being offered during the Community Leadership Program can also often help people in their daily lives and jobs, too,” she said.

“The program aims to increase the pool of effective leaders within the broader South Gippsland community.”

Ms Eisenbise said program organisers are “particularly seeking those in the community who want to contribute more significantly to a local group or to engage with Council to effect change.

“The program is also open to people in the community who are already in leadership roles but would like to refine or expand their abilities,” she said.

“We want this program to help foster strong and future leaders.”

Program workshop topics

The Community Leadership Program features facilitated skills workshops on a wide variety of topics, including getting to know more about South Gippsland’s local towns and districts, and its community groups.

Participants will learn how crucial shared values are on the operations of an organisation, as well as the importance of teamwork in making decisions, in showing leadership and in building influence.

They will acquire knowledge about themselves, including the rudiments of how the human brain works, understanding motivation in leaders, and recognising individual leadership style and its impact on culture.

The basic mechanics of a board or committee, such as convening and running meetings, confidentiality, reports, and financial documentation will also be covered, alongside how to be an effective board or committee member.

The program will look at emotional intelligence, developing and giving public presentations, talking to the Press, and managing conflict.

The Strategic Leadership workshop will show participants how to collaborate to develop and achieve common goals, improve community leadership, and empower people within an organisation to stay on track and hold the vision and purpose.

Local Government 101 will explain the different levels and powers of government in Victoria, from federal to municipal.

“I know that there are many already very capable young people in the South Gippsland community who have a lot of energy, ideas and fabulous potential,” Ms Eisenbise said.

“We’re keen to attract some of those young people into the Community Leadership Program, together with those with more life experience and an interest in making a difference.

“Through the program, we want to equip participants with a set of skills that will enable them to work well with other people, strengthen their leadership capability, delegate and meet objectives,” she said.

“We hope those people who complete the program will go on to use the skills they gain to positively influence and support the development of local communities in South Gippsland.”

Expressions of interest in the Community Leadership Program must be lodged by Friday May 29, 2020. The selection panel will review the applications and successful applicants will be notified by Friday June 26, 2020.

For more information about the South Gippsland Shire Council Community Leadership Program and to get an online or hard copy expression of interest form see


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