About the Leaders Program
Run over nine months in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the program involves the equivalent of three weeks full-time learning, exploring diverse models of leadership for Asian and Western contexts, and investigating contemporary Asian political, economic, cultural and regulatory environments.
From 2014, the Leaders Program will operate under Asialink's Australian Centre for Asia Capability, an historic federal initiative that combines the expertise of business and universities to build an Asia-capable workforce through training programs, research and developing regional networks.
How does the Leaders Program benefit participants?
- Enhances participants' knowledge of contemporary Asian societies
- Develops participants' high level cultural intelligence skills to manage the complexity of Australia-Asia relations
- Provides participants with access to leading Asia specialists in Australia and the region
- Integrates participants into a supportive network of over 500 active alumni in Australia and the Asian region
- Gives organisations a contemporary Asian focused context for strategy building
What are the components of the Leaders Program?
For an overview of the program year, please see our sample program schedule [pdf, 329kb, 1 page]. You can also find out more about our who facilitates the Leaders Program, as well as the key speakers and topics for the 2013 Canberra Retreat.
Conducted by expert facilitators, workshops cover a diverse range of contemporary issues affecting our region. These sessions equip participants to achieve business and leadership goals in settings across Asia.
Key workshops include:
Understanding current Asia trends and issues
- This opening program covers topical issues affecting individual Asian countries. Senior Asia-focused professionals provide expert briefings on immediate challenges and long-term regional issues. A special focus on cross-cultural issues provides a practical insight into the way culture informs business practice across all sectors.
Leading and managing globally
- Facilitated by Dr Margaret Byrne, Principal Consultant at UGM Consulting, and derived from extensive academic research, this three-day experiential workshop builds a framework for understanding the practical challenges involved in cross-cultural communication and leadership, including knowledge of cultural value systems and their influence on leadership practices in Asia and Australia.
The dinner series, including the annual prestigious Asialink Chairman's dinner, provides the opportunity for participants to discuss key issues facing Australia and the region with Asia experts.
Recent dinner topics and speakers have included:
- Business Ethics in Asia with David Tonkin, Manager of Legal Services, Austrade
- A Focus on Asia Australia issues in the media with Connie Levett, National Foreign Editor, Fairfax Media
- Succeeding in key Asian markets with Kee Wong, Managing Director, e-Centric innovations
- Building bridges between Australia and Asia: health and development as tools, with Marc Purcell, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development
Participants will also be invited to Asialink special events throughout the year.
Convened by Professor Anthony Milner AM, Basham Professor of History at ANU, this five-day module in Canberra, brings the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane groups together.
The retreat immerses participants in the current challenges facing Australia’s leadership in bilateral and regional relationships. Issues surrounding economics, politics, history, diplomacy, and national security are analysed in detail over the five days.
Presenters include Australia's politicians and their advisors, Asian Ambassadors to Australia, senior members of the diplomatic corps, and leaders from academia.
To read past retreat reports, please visit our Canberra Retreat pages.
During the program, participants undertake an Asia-focussed project related to their work, organisation or a personal interest
Each participant is mentored through the process of framing of the project’s objectives and supported to achieve the project outcomes.
- Share the Asialink Leaders Program messages to a broader audience
- Enhance participants' leadership skills
- Strengthen participants' Asia-related knowledge and networks
Read about past workplace projects by Leaders Program participants.
To graduate from the Asialink Leaders Program, participants must:
- Attend 80% of program events
- Attend the Canberra retreat
- Successfully complete the negotiated workplace project, including presentation to panel in November