Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main benefits of Leading Excellence Maryborough?

There are many reasons why people are attracted to this program.

The program is designed to assist anyone involved in their local community, industry or region to improve their effectiveness in current roles and/or take on a leadership role.  You can expect to gain:

Increased skills and confidence.
Increased awareness of regional issues and innovative ideas.
Increased tolerance and understanding of various community sectors and individuals.
Access to an influential network of community leaders and resources across the region.
How will my employer / organisation benefit from my participation in the program?

Your organisation will align itself with the premier leadership development organisation in our region;
Our graduates of other programs develop a good understanding of what it takes to lead in a regional environment;
Our graduates improve their performance in effective communication, public speaking, team development, negotiation, community consultation, advocacy, productivity, grant seeking, governance, creativity and problem solving.
Our graduates develop their self-confidence and self-awareness, and are prepared to take on greater roles of responsibility in their workplace, industry and community;
Through access to our alumni network, partnerships and events, your organisation will align itself with a strong network of business, local, state and federal government leaders and senior managers.


Is the program a Business Management Course?

No, Leading Excellence Maryborough is a Community leadership program.  Communities thrive with the input and collaboration of ‘Big ‘L’ leaders, and small ‘l’ leaders.  Our program acknowledges all levels of leadership and caters to both.  Some of our participants may be in official positions of leadership, and others will be doing leadership on the ground, although they may not yet identify themselves as leaders.  We specifically recruit for diversity and are strongly committed to broad representation from across sectors, age groups, world views and life experience, and from across the region. The diversity of the mix of our participants is one of the key strengths and learning opportunities of the program.  Exposure to the issues, presenters, skills and networks will enhance your business management skills if that is your field, but this is not our primary intention.  Communities need people of ‘all stripes’ to be better skilled, better networked and more self-aware in order to become more vibrant, inclusive, innovative and sustainable.  The flow on benefits of this to regional economies and healthy communities is significant.  This is our aim.


I don’t really consider myself to be a ‘leader’, should I apply?

Yes!  See above.


What issues and skills are covered as part of the program?

The program is based on current best practice in leadership development, and generally covers the following:

Themes and Skills:

  • Build your leadership capabilities
  • Exploring new ways of thinking
  • Build new networks
  • Understand governance
  • Develop public speaking skills
  • Enhance you communication
  • Become an advocate
  • Understanding civic leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Self Awareness


What is the time commitment?

The program year involves a total of twelve sessions over a six-month period (May to October).  Participants are required to attend an 80% minimum of program days and complete all evaluation requirements (after every program day) and undertake a community project to graduate.

Program days generally run between 9am and 5pm.


How much does it cost?

All participants must pay a non-refundable participant fee of $165 payable upon acceptance of offers

No person should be prevented from applying to the program due to financial hardship. Fees can be negotiated and paid over a period of time.


Who can apply?

Applications are encouraged from men and women over the age of 18 who have a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. The program strives for diversity through representation from the agriculture, business, government and community sectors.

Only residents of the Central Goldfields Shire can apply.  No prior learning is required. We are seeking people who have a demonstrated commitment to their community, region or industry and a willingness to learn.


How can I apply?

See the ‘Apply’ section of our website where you will be able to follow a link to the online application form.

Email: [email protected] or telephone Leah Sertori 0437 334 057 if you have any difficulties or questions.


What support is offered during the program?

In addition to the support of the Facilitators, you will be matched with a mentor,  who can offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. Participants find that they also support each other during the program year.


What does the community project involve?

Participants are required to be involved in a community based project as part of a team during the program. These projects give participants the opportunity to engage with their communities and develop their skills. Support and guidance is provided to assist with choosing one of the set community projects throughout the program.  The aim of the project is to give participants the opportunity to get involved in their community and use some of the skills, information and networks developed during the program.