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Executive Leadership Program
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Towards Strategic Leadership

Build the skills to lead & thrive in volatile and uncertain times.


$24,900 (excl. GST)




3-day residential and 4 x online consolidation modules  


18 March - 15 May 2024 (see details for more information) 


 *Applications for TSL are now closed. Apply now for TSL Express.

TSL is specifically designed to meet the needs of senior public servants and to provide you with the opportunity to reflect, learn and grow to be able to carry out your role with clarity, wisdom, and energy.

Public sector leaders are facing exceptional challenges in the demanding, complex modern political landscape. They’re expected to maintain a clear-eyed long-term perspective while dealing with the daily pressures of their roles. TSL has built a formidable reputation in assisting senior leaders to operate effectively in this environment and personally thrive.

Delivered largely in a blended mode, this leadership development course will give you the tools to perform your roles with purpose, good judgment, and strategic nous. It asks you to examine and question your assumptions about yourself, your leadership style, your role, and your organisation.

You’ll learn to identify the strategically important tasks among the noise of your day-to-day work and take meaningful action. You’ll leave with a tangible boost in confidence and capabilities, feeling prepared to face senior executive responsibilities.

Who is it for?

This leadership development program is designed for you if you are:

  • a senior public sector professional at, or close to, Executive level
  • transitioning (or planning to move) from tactical to strategic leadership roles.
WATCH: Julie Etchells, 2020 TSL alum interview

Learning outcomes

TSL aims to give you a renewed strategic outlook, political astuteness, personal resilience, and the capacity to reflect, collaborate, lead and learn continuously.

Throughout this public sector leadership course, you will:

  • identify personal and institutional strengths and weaknesses;
  • explore public sector leadership themes including your role in your organisation and community, technical vs adaptive challenges, authority vs leadership and collaborative work;
  • examine your personal leadership style;
  • practise reflective and strategic thinking;
  • develop tools to identify strategically urgent priorities;
  • explore the factors influencing public institutions’ capacity to adapt;
  • develop a network of high performing leaders and stay connected via our Alumni Program.
WATCH: Mary Manescu, 2020 TSL alum interview


You’ll learn from program co-directors:

  • Paul ‘t Hart – 35 years’ experience in researching, consulting and training on crisis leadership
  • Robbie Macpherson – training and coaching public sector executives in Australia for more than two decades


The TSL leadership development program is delivered in a blended format across five modules:

  • Module 1: Four days, face-to-face residential (Melbourne)

  • Module 2: One day, online

  • Module 3: One day, online

  • Module 4: One day, online

  • Module 5: One day, online

TSL is run under the Chatham House Rule to create an environment of trust where complex problems can be resolved. The spirit of Chatham House Rule: share the information you receive, but do not reveal the identity of who said it.

This leadership course harnesses the knowledge and experience of all participants who, as professional peers, share a common language and a commitment to public service. Participants are co-contributors and integral to its success.


  • Orientation: 18 March 2024, 1.30pm – 2.40pm (AEDT), Online (via Zoom)
  • Module 1: 25-28 March 2024 inclusive (LCGs each day)
    • 25-27 March 2024, 9am – 5pm (AEDT), face-to-face in Melbourne
    • 28 March 2024, 9am – 3pm (AEDT), face-to-face in Melbourne
  • Module 2: 10 April 2024, 1pm – 5.30pm (AEST; LCGs 1pm-1.45pm for a 2pm start), Online (via Zoom)
  • Module 3: 24 April 2024, 1pm – 5.30pm (AEST; LCGs 1pm-1.45pm for a 2pm start), Online (via Zoom)
  • Module 4: 1 May 2024, 1pm – 5.30pm (AEST; LCGs 1pm-1.45pm for a 2pm start), Online (via Zoom)
  • Module 5: 15 May 2024, 1pm – 5.30pm (AEST; LCGs 1pm-1.45pm for a 2pm start), Online (via Zoom)


$24,900 AUD (excl GST)

Please note:

  • Students are responsible for their own travel, some meals, and accommodation to and from the residential.
  • If a student has been nominated by a sponsoring agency or government, that sponsor must cover program costs, including tuition fees and program materials.
  • Participants may enter into a salary sacrifice arrangement with their employer to attend the program. The participant’s employer will be billed the program fee. This will be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the applicant’s sponsoring agency.

An Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori public servant will receive a fully-funded place in one of ANZSOG’s 2024 foundation programs through the 2024 ANZSOG First Nations Public Administration Scholarship. Find out more here.

More information

Want an insider’s perspective?

Hear from one of our TSL alums. To arrange an introduction, email our Alumni Coordinator at alumni@anzsog.edu.au.