Leadership – Self Discovery Program – Semester 1 2022

Expressions of interest have now CLOSED

“The most inaccurate leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis”

Our world is a better place when we have compassionate, empathetic and strong leaders. Each of us are already a leader in some area of life.  We often can influence our workplace, influence our family and influence in our community in small and big ways. We just need an opportunity to self discover and validate our existing skills and strengths and start the conversation about Leadership and explore the pathway of exploration. Our question is…

What kind of leader do you want to be? 

Deciding this is the starting point that will shape every other decision you make in your leadership.  Understanding what type of leader you want to be will motivate what you learn and where you put your attention.  It will motivate and design how you interact with those around you.  It will drive you and shape how you will become the leader you want to be.

Over the next 5 weeks our Leadership Self Discovery Program will help you to recognise and develop your leadership qualities, explore key leadership themes, and create a self discovery leadership pathway program.

This 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 program, you need to be able to commit time and energy. Sessions are held as full day events with group activities and individual work scheduled between.

In order to complete the program you will need to attend all sessions 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 scheduled dates are:

Friday 11th March

Friday 18th March

Friday 25th March

Friday 1 April

Friday 8th April

These will be full day activities with all participants expected to attend all sessions.


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. 

We particularly encourage applications from: 

  • Graduate students who have been at the University of Melbourne for at least a year already
  • Graduate students from diverse backgrounds 
  • Graduate students with limited/no leadership experience
  • Graduates who may have had limited opportunities in the past.
Selection criteria 

Participants will be selected by: 

  • Capacity to attend all programmed sessions (please see key dates above) 
  • Commitment to developing strong leadership skills and practices
  • Potential and desire to develop as a socially responsible leader 
  • Availability to attend a selection interview prior to the program starting
Application Process

Please complete the form below to register your interest and someone will be in touch with further details.


GSA administers the program as part of our SSAF agreement, so there are no fees to the student. 

Watch the video explaining the program here: