Regional Leadership Development Program

RDAMR are delivering the Murraylands and Riverland Regional Leadership Development Program funded through the Government of South Australia and The Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

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Apply for our 2024 8-Day Leadership Program now!

We are excited to announce applications are open now!

We invite you to complete your applications for our 8-Day Leadership Program by either scanning the QR code or clicking the link below.

Applications will be open for 4 weeks. The program will commence on Wednesday 3rd July 2024 with limited places available.

What is the Regional Leadership Development Program (RLDP)?

Many regional communities struggle to develop and retain their leadership capacity, both in quantity and development of their skills.

Our research has shown a demand for a regional leadership program in the Murraylands and Riverland that would benefit our businesses, our regional organisations and associations, communities, and the broader economy in our region.

This program is funded through the Government of South Australia and The Department of Primary Industries and Regions. The planning and development process is guided by a local and expert Steering Committee, that recognises the great leadership potential in the region, but it needs to be stimulated and fostered through more conscious investment in leadership skill development.

The intention is to put in place a framework that enables the delivery of a long-term sustainable leadership program, sponsored by business, community, government, and philanthropic organisations in the Murraylands and Riverland with regional economic and social benefits beyond the project deliverables.

2024 Workshops Available

Expected Outcomes

Increase ability to communicate well and with confidence

Develop a deeper understanding of your leadership style, traits and values

Discover mindful leadership as you build your resilience and adaptability

Feel confident and empowered to take action and initiate change in areas that are important to you and the community

Build connections and relationships with your peers and networks of other community leaders

Program Activities

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2024 Program Facilitators

We would like to thank our Program Facilitators for the 2024 RLDP.

Aurora Meliora and LeadersHP will lead the design and facilitation of the program, and maintain responsibility for overall program design, integration, and cohort support. The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation will oversee the delivery of both Change maker programs (in collaboration with ARLF Associate, Tanya Lehmann).

All three Delivery Partners will co-design and facilitate the final day.

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Program Activities

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About The Leaders Institute of South Australia

The Leaders Institute develops impactful leaders by encouraging self-awareness and providing opportunities to experience different perspectives – because better leaders create a better South Australia.

We are a not-for-profit organisation committed to developing a stronger, healthier, and more prosperous South Australia by developing impactful leaders.

Focussing on holistic leadership development to foster future leaders, our innovative leadership programs expand the capacity and performance of individuals and teams at all levels.

We work with both emerging and established leaders across private enterprise, government, and community organisations. We exist to develop impactful leaders.

Through our leadership development programs we help to create a powerful sense of connection between individuals, their organisations, and the wider community. This develops leaders with an outward focus and strong collaboration skills, who understand that their greatest value is the impact they can have on the world around them.

True impact radiates beyond one or two people. It’s felt by strangers, businesses, and the next generation. That’s the kind of impact the Leaders Institute empowers. A not-for-profit association, for over 20 years we have been developing leaders by encouraging self-awareness and providing opportunities to understand the big picture and different perspectives.

How We Work: Our Expertise

We deliver programs that build adaptive leadership capacity; the practise of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Adaptive leaders have strategic foresight, thrive in complexity, and can integrate multiple perspectives and systems to lead change successfully. Our lively and experiential programs are designed to engage diverse learning styles and personalities.

2023 RLDP Accomplishments

Sucess Stories

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Achievements from the 2023 Program

The true highlight of the RLDP program lies in witnessing individuals, communities and businesses engaging with program elements and subsequently enacting positive change.

This transformational impact ranged from the establishment of new collaborations, the implementation of new community group governance practices, development of new group constitutions, and the overall enthusiasm and engagement of participants. Simple yet powerful acts, such as networking among local emerging leaders, have proven beneficial to the broader community.

Engaged 142 local participants throughout the project’s implementation.

Participants represented over 136 community groups, committees, and businesses.

Contributed to the economic growth of 34 local businesses in the region.

Executed the program across all 8 local government areas (LGAs).

87% active participation rate from participants engaged in community groups or committees.

Fostered multiple participations by individuals in various program components.

Facilitated networking opportunities leading to collaborative outcomes such as increased employment, enhanced community engagement, and board positions.

Facilitated a mentorship between a participant and Nathan Woodrow from Ryde International, resulting in increased business income, production, and an overseas visit with growers.

Cultivated self-awareness, confidence, and ambition, leading to national recognition for participants.

Engaged and mobilised key stakeholders, actively contributing to the program’s evolution and widespread promotion.

Fostered business engagement, connecting various community networks for future development.

Strengthened connections between participants, key stakeholders, fostering sustained relationships beyond the program.

Provided economic support to local businesses involved in program delivery.

Established a distinctive ‘Brand’ within the region, bolstering confidence and anticipation for future program deliveries.

Successfully convened a large, bonded steering committee that collaboratively crafted and delivered an exceptional program.

Cultivated lasting bonds and a sense of camaraderie among participants, establishing a foundation for ongoing and collaborative efforts.

Participants welcomed and embraced additional in-kind mentoring opportunities provided by the Leaders Institute.

Testimonials from some of our valued participants

The program gave me valuable tips, knowledge, and connections to furthering my abilities to lead within my role at work & to implement within my community. I am more confident in myself as a leader & recommend the course to anyone that wants to expand or improve these skills.

RLDP Workshop Participant

The Regional Development Leadership Course has been a wonderful experience. Not only have I learnt and implemented different ways to lead, but I’ve also gained a bunch of people who I’ve connected with and can reach out to for advice. The Facilitators have been amazing and so supportive, and I’d absolutely recommend this program to anyone who is an upcoming leader and current leader in the community or workplace.

RLDP Workshop Participant

When I was approached to sign up for the RLDP, I was hesitant as I never saw myself as a leader, however with encouragement from a colleague, I signed up. From day 1 this program has given me the chance to work on my confidence and leadership skills. I was never someone to be able to start up a conversation with a group of strangers easily, but now I am confident in my ability to approach a group and participate in a conversation. This program has not only developed leadership skills but given me the opportunity to meet some incredible people, whom I now call friends.

RLDP Workshop Participant

A really informative, practical course which I will be recommending to others.

RLDP Workshop Participant

Thoroughly enjoyed the day and picked by many hints to implement in my grant writing. Also met some great people including the presenter who was knowledgeable and entertaining.

RLDP Workshop Participant

I would just like to say thank you to all involved for such a wonderful couple of days. It really made me think about the way I can change my style of leadership to be able to receive the best out of my team.

RLDP Workshop Participant

What I’ve enjoyed most was the fact you have bought together people who have not met before, but after two days together you can see bonds forming and there’s no division. I applaud the facilitator’s for achieving this as I’ve not experienced it before and I’m really keen to see where some of the relationships take us in the future.

RLDP Workshop Participant

I was impressed at how others, more experienced course attendees felt that they has also gained insight through this learning experience. I really like the nammer and generous nature of the presentation.

RLDP Workshop Participant

Exciting Media Opportunities

News for the Program

Regional Development South Australia welcomes Minister Clare Scriven’s announcement of a two-year extension of the Regional Leadership Development Program (RLDP).

This brings exciting opportunities for RLDP participants, and we look forward to registering interests for our new 2024 programs very soon!

SA Government extends Regional Leadership Development Program
Murray Bridge News: Training promised to next generation of Murraylands Leaders

18 February 2022

More than 50 local leaders will benefit from a new regional leadership program which will be developed by RDA Murraylands and Riverland.

The state government will invest $2 million in Regional Development Australia leadership programs.

ABC Riverland Morning Breakfast: Leaders Institute Interview by Cathie Brown

6 September 2023

Listen to Cathie’s interview from 46 minutes into the program.

Berri Our Town eNewsletter

19 June 2023

Two members of the Berri Our Town team attended our 2023 RLDP.

Social Media Mentions

Our Action – Based on community feedback

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