LEAD 2021: Leadership Exploration and Development 

LEAD 2021 Semester 2- Applications open date Tuesday 13th July – Sunday 25th July

What kind of leader do you want to be? 

LEAD stands for Leadership Exploration and Development and being a LEAD participant will take you on a journey of self-discovery. In a world filled with uncertainty, LEAD will help you explore the kind of leader that you want to be one day and give you the tools and strategies to achieve success. Over a 15 week period you will meet like-minded individuals, explore key leadership themes, delve deep into your reflections and those of your teammates in peer mentoring circles, and run a project to apply your learnings. LEAD is a fast paced and fully immersive program, led by an experienced leadership facilitator which will take your leadership skills to the next level.

What do you need to commit?

If you wish to be part of the LEAD journey, you need to be able to commit time and energy. Sessions are held every Monday evening for 2 hours from 5-7pm. There are also some social activities scheduled for Thursday evening. These are not compulsory but will be highly beneficial if you can attend. There is also an expectation of an additional 2-3hrs per week on reading and project content. In order to complete the program you will need to attend 85% of the program as your commitment will be integral to the success of your group. Before applying, please ensure that the are able to commit the time needed to fully experience the program.

Key Dates

The sessions will run on Monday evenings from 5-7pm. Sessions will commence in week 4 of semester

The scheduled dates for S2, 2021 are:

Mon 16th August -LEAD Induction

Thursday 19th August-LEAD Welcome Event

Mon 23rd August-Content session 1

Mon 30th August– Peer mentor circle 1

Mon 6th September– Content session 2

Mon 13th September– Peer mentor circle 2

Mon 20th September– Content session 3

Thursday 23rd September– Engagement Activity

Mon 27th September- Peer mentor circle 3

Mon 4th October– Content session 4

Mon 11th October-– Peer mentor circle 4

Mon 18th October– Content 5  

Mon 25th October– Peer mentor circle 5/ guest speaker


Mon 22nd  November– Presentations and closing

Thu 26th  November– Final celebration dinner (in person for those able to attend)



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. LEAD is primarily designed for people without extensive leadership experience.

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 
  • Graduate students with limited/no leadership experience
Selection criteria 

Participants 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 
  • Review of an application video introducing yourself and why you would like to be accepted
Application Process

Application is via completion of an online application form and a 1 minute video introducing yourself and why you would like to be part of the LEAD Program


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



“It was very insightful and thought provoking, really enjoyed it.”

“I feel more confident and self-aware as a result – and I feel more capable of researching and learning more on my own.




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

Applications for LEAD Semester 2 2021 are now closed.