This program is designed specifically to support senior staff to develop the leadership capabilities needed for success at UQ.

You will enhance your leadership capabilities and work through your real-world challenges, supported by facilitators and peers who understand your organisation, environment and opportunities.

Who should attend

Senior leaders at UQ who are established in their roles and seek to:

  • deepen their engagement with UQ’s strategy and environment
  • contextualise their leadership capability.

This includes:

  • Heads of schools and research centres
  • Associate Deans
  • Deputy Directors of institutes
  • Faculty Executive Managers
  • Directors and Associate Directors within divisions
  • equivalent academic and professional leadership roles.

The program will challenge you. You need to be willing to:

  • develop and change your ways of thinking and behaving
  • experiment with new approaches
  • share your learning journey with a network of like-minded colleagues.


  • Develop your leadership capability to enhance your effectiveness now and in the future.
  • Design and implement action plans to overcome challenges and maximise opportunities.
  • Understand and engage with UQ’s environment, strategy and culture.
  • Develop a strategic perspective aligned with the University.
  • Embed your personal leadership style and capabilities in UQ’s context.
  • Engage and influence peers, reports and higher-level managers.
  • Strengthen your leadership toolkit with a range of practical skills, tools and frameworks.
  • Build a stronger network of colleagues across UQ.
  • Contribute to an enhanced leadership culture and positive change at UQ.

What past participants say

The Leading UQ workshop program has been the most valuable leadership training program that I have participated in. It provides 10 intensive day-long sessions spread across the year, designed to explore important leadership principles, challenge one’s self-perception and assumptions, apprehend the organisational and legal contexts in which one operates, amid a cohort of colleagues drawn from across the University who frequently discuss the challenges of their professional circumstances, thereby making the principles real.

This program challenged my expectations, not only in terms of the form and function of leadership, but also of myself. Over the course of the program I was carefully and effectively pushed to understand, confront and improve my relationship with and to leadership. This has made a profound difference to how I view myself, leadership and the impact and effect that I have on those with whom I work, live and play, and has encouraged me to empower others to do the same. This is not a standard didactic model leadership program: I would encourage anyone who wants to challenge and improve themselves and their leadership style to take this program.

Learning environment

Expect to be involved and challenged. The program is experiential and action-oriented. It incorporates a mix of active learning activities, including:

  • group workshops
  • discussion
  • case studies
  • experiential activities
  • guest speakers
  • skill practice
  • individual reflection and planning
  • 360-degree feedback
  • executive coaching.

Throughout the program, you will:

  • apply insights to your own situations and challenges
  • design and implement actions to enhance your leadership effectiveness.


The program is hosted by Tamma Sorbello from Organisational Development with a network of practical facilitators and contributors, including UQ’s academic and professional staff experts and external consultants.

Participation requirements

Full participation in all workshops and program elements is essential, and a mandatory requirement of enrolment.

You will:

  • participate in a series of action-oriented face-to-face workshops on 11 days between March and September
  • complete the UQ Leadership Survey 360-degree feedback process and 3 sessions of executive coaching
  • apply your insights in your workplace between workshops.

The workshops are fully funded by the University Staff Development Committee.

The executive coaching must be funded by your organisational unit. Costs will depend on the coach you select.

2019 dates

You must participate on all dates. Workshops are held off campus.

Commencement workshop

  • Monday 4 March, 10am to 12pm

Cluster 1: Working in the context

  • Monday 11 March, 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 12 March, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 April, 9am to 4.30pm

You must complete your UQ Leadership Survey debrief before the beginning of cluster 2.

Cluster 2: The leader in the context

  • Thursday 30 May, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 31 May, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 21 June, 9am to 4.30pm

Cluster 3: Engaging others in the context

  • Wednesday 21 August, 9am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 September, 9am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 18 September, 9am to 4:30pm


  • Wednesday 25 September, 9am to 1pm

Senior managers

If you’re a UQ Senior Management Group (USMG) member or other senior leader, we encourage you to discuss the program with staff you feel would be suitable and would benefit from the program.