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... complex problems and rapidly changing solutions require more leadership from everyone in an organisation. Leadership skills that were appropriate to the few are now necessities for the many.

Professor John Gordon, Yale University

Because leadership development is a lifelong activity, the IWC Water Leadership Program builds the capacity of participants to continually develop as leaders over their careers.

Emerging water leaders

Water Leadership Program

Key elements of the program

Featuring a balance between academic and real-world approaches to learning and development, the IWC Water Leadership Program is delivered collaboratively between universities and practitioners.

It includes the following elements:

  • mentoring and coaching activities involving highly experienced executives from the water industry (eg. Ms Jude Munro, Mr Rob Skinner, Mr Mark Pascoe)
  • a sound research and theoretical basis, including conceptual models of effective water leaders, leadership processes and leadership development
  • the use of ‘360-degree feedback tools’ to help identify key leadership strengths and weaknesses of participants, and build their self-awareness
  • one-to-one coaching sessions and monthly on-line discussion forums
  • the use of individual leadership development plans, and challenging cross-boundary projects so that participants can practise new leadership behaviours and tactics
  • peer review of the program’s design, content and evaluation by senior industry practitioners and leading academics to ensure the program meets the needs of the water sector.


Program brochure and outline

 IWC Water Leadership Program brochure

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Program format

Participants will:

  • complete pre-training exercises and readings
  • attend two intensive face-to-face training sessions in Brisbane. The first training session is mandatory and will take place in the first week of February (5 days). The second training session will be optional and take place in the first week of July (2 days). Participants who can't travel to Brisbane will have access to recorded presentations online.
  • engage in one-on-one coaching sessions and build mentoring relationships
  • complete monthly activities (e.g readings, webinars, on-line discussion forums)
  • attend a final one-on-one coaching session at the end of the program


Estimated time commitment

We estimate that the program will require approximately 15 days of time in total over nine months for full commitment to all activities. The IWC recognises, however, that not everyone will be able to make the time to complete all elements of the program.

The delivery of the program is flexible to suit the needs of busy water professionals who work full-time. IWC will help participants to do various elements on-line or to ‘catch-up’ if they get behind for personal or work-related reasons.

Strengths of this design

  • The course content is based on rigorous research and international literature
  • The course design and content is peer-reviewed by leading researchers and experienced industry practitioners from different parts of the water sector
  • The design is a ‘feedback-intensive’ program which is thought to be the most effective combination of leadership development interventions
  • The delivery involves significant input by several highly respected executives from the water industry, including former CEOs of leading water agencies.


Scholarship applicants

Scholarship applications for the 2017/18 intake are now closed.

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Direct applicants (no scholarship)

If you are not applying for a scholarship, you can apply for the program as a full-fee paying participant. Learn more here  



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