LEAD 2021: Leadership Exploration and Development 

The details below are for LEAD in Semester 1 and LEAD will be taking place again in Semester 2 and applications will open mid-June

What kind of leader do you want to be? 

This question is at the heart of the LEAD program; a high-impact graduate leadership development program run by GSA and funded by The University of Melbourne. You are invited to apply to explore and cultivate your leadership skills in an inclusive and dynamic environment.  

Being part of the LEAD Program means committing yourself; not just physically but mentally and holistically. You will form strong bonds with your peers as you navigate the topics and expand your growth mindset. It is a journey, and it is for people who are dedicated and ready to stretch their horizons.  

LEAD will empower you to be the best leader you can be…… 

What can I expect? 

The program will be run pre-dominantly as a virtual program, with face to face interactions where appropriate. This is in line with current government and university regulations. 

You will be engaged in this program for the full semester, with a combination of workshops and coaching circles designed to encourage you to reflect on the content with your fellow peers and what it means to you personallyThe program is run by an experienced leadership facilitator and a team of experienced GSA staff and volunteers. There will also be guest speakers to explore the topics and give their own unique perspectives. 

Topics explored during this program are: 

  • Awareness & Values 
  • Confidence and Belief 
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Resilience and Well Being 
  • Self-Leadership 

Over the course of the program, you will learn more about yourself and the kind of leader that you want to become. By exploring your values and strengths you will gain clarity and confidence in your leadership journey and set manageable goals which will help you become an effective and socially responsible leader. 


GSA welcomes applications from any graduate student at The University of Melbourne, regardless of field of study, location, mode of study, or any other personal qualities or background. 

The main selection criteria are about knowing what your goals are and being absolutely dedicated to them. 

We particularly encourage applications from: 

  • Graduate students who have been at the University of Melbourne for at least a year already 
  • Graduate students from low socioeconomic backgrounds 
  • Graduate students from diverse backgrounds 
Selection criteria 

Applications will be selected by: 

  • Capacity to attend all programmed sessions (please see key dates). 
  • Commitment to developing strong leadership skills and practices. 
  • Potential and desire to develop as a socially responsible leader. 

Costs are covered by The University of Melbourne. Being selected to take part in the program means you can do it for free. 


If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact lead@gsa.unimelb.edu.au.  

LEAD Key Dates 

The program commences on 3rd March 2021, week 1 of semester. 

The program will run for 12 weeks, March-May. 

Commitment is required on a weekly basis with workshops and coaching sessions running on alternate weeks. 

Workshops/Seminars will be held from 5–7pm on a Wednesday evening 

The full program will be as follows: 

Date  Program 
3/3  Intro to LEAD 
10/3  LEAD 1 
17/3  Coaching circle 
24/3  LEAD 2 
31/3  Coaching circle 
14/4  LEAD 3 
21/4  Coaching circle 
28/4  LEAD 4 
5/5  Coaching circle 
12/5  LEAD 5 
19/5  Coaching circle 
26/5  LEAD Closure and celebration 

Please do not apply if you cannot commit to all these dates as the program will be most effective in the development of your skills, building on knowledge gained in previous sessions. 

Applications for the LEAD Program 2021 have now closed. 


 LEAD will be taking place in Semester 2 and applications will open mid-June