Advanced Leadership for Community Chairs

Advanced Leadership for Community Chairs

Community Sector Secretaries

Advanced Leadership for Community Chairs is an online course offered by the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA).

The course consists of five sessions of two hours each that have been designed to build knowledge, skills and confidence in the chairs of community organisations. It is suitable for leaders who are already serving in the role of chair, as well as those who aspire to the position.

The sessions will cover:

  1. Visionary leadership - ensuring your vision and purpose are at the centre of governance
  2. Backstage and front of house: using both to make good decisions
  3. The chair’s relationship with the CEO
  4. Strategic funding: Developing your case for support
  5. Ethical board leadership

Participants will learn alongside other community sector leaders, in sessions designed to enable them to connect and network with their community sector peers.

Participants who complete all five sessions will receive a Certificate in Advanced Leadership for Community Chairs, a micro-credential accredited by the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

This course costs $695.00 inc GST.

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Session 1: Visionary leadership - ensuring your vision and purpose are at the centre of governance
Date and time: Tuesday, 12 March 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEDT

Session 2: Backstage and front of house: using both to make good decisions
Date and time: Thursday, 28 March 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEDT.

Session 3: The chair’s relationship with the CEO
Date and time: Tuesday, 16 April 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Session 4: Strategic funding: Developing your case for support
Date and time: Tuesday, 23 April 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Session 5: Ethical board leadership
Date and time: Tuesday, 7 May 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Stream 2
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Session 1: Visionary leadership - ensuring your vision and purpose are at the centre of governance
Date and time: Wednesday, 20 March 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEDT

Session 2: Backstage and front of house: using both to make good decisions
Date and time: Wednesday 27 March 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEDT.

Session 3: The chair’s relationship with the CEO
Date and time: Wednesday, 17 April 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Session 4: Strategic funding: Developing your case for support
Date and time: Wednesday, 1 May 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Session 5: Ethical board leadership
Date and time: Wednesday, 15 May 2024. 5pm to 7pm AEST.

Visionary leadership - ensuring your vision and purpose are at the centre of governance
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Presented by Dr Dalia Ben-Galim, policy and strategy consultant

Change is challenging, especially when it happens quickly. It is important that community leaders have the skills and instruments required to navigate and lead through change, whether it is planned or not. In this session, participants will explore how having a robust vision for your organisation can help you to deal with the changes you will invariably confront. Participants will look closely at the role of the chair in both crafting the organisation’s vision, and creating the conditions required to navigate change.

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Backstage and front of house: using both to make good decisions
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Presented by Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, educator and school principal

At some stage, all boards will come across topics and decisions that generate a healthy level of disagreement. It’s the chair’s role to ensure that the board can transform disagreements into good decisions. This session will explore how to turn resistance into processes for productive discussion and good decision making. Participants will look at how to bring a team along with you in pursuit of your organisation’s vision, and gain an astute understanding of the processes, systems and relationships needed to achieve this.

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The chair’s relationship with the CEO
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Presented by Sheena Boughen OAM, strategist, advisor and mentor; chair of the Australian String Quartet; member of the Community Directors Council

The healthiest chair–CEO relationships occur when both parties work closely together with a common aim of furthering the organisation’s goals and broadening its financial and membership support base. But while the chair and the CEO are on the same team, their roles are very different. The chair’s job is to govern, and the CEO’s is to manage. It is important not to confuse the two. This session will explore the differing roles that the chair and the CEO play, how they complement each other, and what the chair can do to foster a close and trusting relationship with the CEO.

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Strategic funding: developing your case for support
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Presented by Catherine Brooks, lawyer with expertise in strategic fundraising; member of the Community Directors Council

Chairs should be able to tell anyone, and most crucially a potential or actual funder, why their organisation does what it does, and why it needs funding. Building and sharing your case for support is integral to both the short-term and long-term health of your organisation. This session will provide practical guidance on developing a case for support. Participants will learn a three-step process that will equip them with a strong way to communicate their organisation’s case for support.

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Ethical board leadership
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Workshop, guided by Nina Laitala (Stream 1), and Jon Staley (Stream 2), trainers at ICDA

The chair has an important role to play in ensuring that the board acts ethically at all times, and in steering the ship when an ethical dilemma arises. In this session participants will explore a number of ethical issues that may arise in the boardroom, and discuss the role the chair plays in ensuring that decisions are made in an ethical manner. Participants will be invited to share their own ethical dilemmas, and to workshop solutions with the group.

Register today for Advanced Leadership for Community Chairs. All sessions take place 5-7pm Melbourne, Sydney time.

Click the button below to register your spot in one of the two 2024 cohorts.

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