The Australian Public Sector Leadership SummitAustralian Public Sector Young Leaders Conference 2015

The forum for Australia’s emerging Public Sector Leaders

The Australian Public Sector Young Leaders Conference is a unique developmental opportunity for aspiring leaders and new managers.

Each year, hundreds of young leaders from Australia’s public sector gather together for a powerful 1 day development program specifically designed for emerging leaders. Offering a critical opportunity to step away from everyday demands, the Conference allows new managers time to reflect and refocus on their individual challenges and aspirations.

By exploring first-hand the experiences of celebrated leaders at the forefront of their industry the Conference equips young managers with the tools to excel in the modern public sector, whilst assisting them to make peer group connections vital to career success.

The Conference is designed to equip you with highly practical management tools and techniques and thereby instil the confidence to lead effectively in any situation. High calibre public sector leaders will share their insights on how you can achieve more in your role whilst preparing you for both the challenges and the opportunities that accompany an ever-changing public sector landscape.

  • Learn from inspirational leaders and leadership experts
  • Improve your people management capability
  • Enhance your confidence and communication skills
  • Make friends and contacts to support your career development
  • Understand how to be a great leader and how to get the most out of your team

Leadership development is an important investment for both individuals and their organisations. Over the past five years the conference has assisted hundreds of public sector managers to deliver increased value in their roles and prepared them for future advancement.

Utilising insights and advice from inspirational speakers, Conference participants will be better able to manage both their professional responsibilities and their key stakeholder relationships. Surpassing the mere transmission of theories, the Conference will equip young leaders with the ability to adapt to a demanding work environment, instil the confidence to step up and provide the vision to guide other employees towards peak performance.

Understanding diversity and the value of difference

The first session of the Conference explores the concept of diversity — the wider the range of perspectives you have in the team the better its ideas, and in most cases, the better the results. A critical part of a leader’s role is creating an inclusive environment, learning how to get the best out of each member of the team and turning differences into strengths How to. During this session participants will explore how to overcome the unconscious bias’s we all hold and engage diversity as a vehicle to enhance their own leadership capacity.

Leading through change

In today’s fast paced environment, change is something we all have to face. As leaders it is imperative that we understand the effects of change, how to engage people in change and how to support others through the change process. Change can be anything from minor alterations to workflow systems to major organisational restructures and downsizing. Many change efforts fail because the people leading them are not equipped with the skills to manage them successfully. If handled badly change can lead to negative outcomes such as confusion and wasted effort, low morale and decreases in productivity – handled well it can lead to lasting gains and increased job satisfaction. During the session, participants are asked to consider change at both a personal and strategic level and go on to learn how to enable those around them to embrace the change process and manage challenging situations more effectively.

The art of giving feedback and managing difficult conversations

When done in the right way, providing feedback can be the avenue to greater performance. It is inevitable that at some point as a leader or manager, you will need to initiate or engage in a difficult conversation providing feedback that may not be received so well. Many people avoid having difficult conversations because they make them feel uncomfortable. As a leader it is important that we tackle these situations head on and while they can be uncomfortable, they have the potential to be highly constructive interchanges when handled appropriately. During this third session participants will explore the dynamics involved in providing feedback when it may involve a difficult conversation, assisting their team to learn, grow and perform at their optimal level.

Communicating with emotional intelligence

Engaging followers and forging lasting relationships is a core leadership skill. Technical and functional skills are critical to performance and the achievement of results; however it is the capacity to engage and communicate with others and to understand oneself and those around them that enables great individual contributors to become great leaders. The final session will explore ways to enhance your communication through a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence.

As the profile of this national program has grown, the APSYLC has attracted an outstanding line up of senior leaders and leadership experts as guest speakers and presenters. These experts have come together with a common objective; to develop leadership expertise throughout the public service. To view who will be presenting in your city, please download the relevant brochure.

The Conference has been developed for public sector employees ranging from aspiring people managers through to developing young leaders. Delegates will come from a diverse range of public sector organisations across both metropolitan and regional locations.

To discuss the appropriateness of the Conference for yourself or other employees, please contact the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM) on 1300 138 037

For more information, please contact the APSYLC Program Director:
Shaun Zapadlo
Phone: 1300 138 037.

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