Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
Contact us to deliver professional development
for your student leaders.
Participants rated 100% of the skills as useful or partially useful for their roles
81% of participants fully satisfied the 20 learning objectives
*Based on 255 data points collected at the ANU training day on March 17th, 2018
If you represent a student union, or work internally within a university, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about how we can meet the needs of your leaders.
Date & Location:
The training can be delivered at the date/location of your choosing.
You will receive:
Pre-conference resources (e-downloads)
Six Professional Development Modules
Full-day workshop experience
2018 Membership into our online Campus Consultancy Network for ongoing mentoring and development
6 Professional Development Modules:
1) Leadership as Service & Value Propositions
2) Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement
The first two sessions, speak to the why of the organization.
Why does a society exist?
(A) To serve a community of students and move them in the direction of certain goals;
(B) To deliver a service that the team, as student leaders, are uniquely positioned to do that is in line with the priorities of their stakeholders.
Societies can reach incredible sizes, sometimes representing over 1000, 2000 or more students. As a President, hearing all these voices can be challenging, if not impossible. As such, pain points are missed, as are opportunities to add value to the student experience.
The first session of the conference is designed to dig deeper into understanding the community that each society serves, strategies for exploring what it is that students are lacking (problem identification) and creative ideas that can be immediately implemented to address these.
From the student union, the university, corporate and Not-for-Profit partners to the faculty (in the case of an engineering society) or the overarching body (in the case of a Red Cross society for example), each of these groups are stakeholders. They have joined forces with your society for the value that they see in engaging with you,and offer enormous value to your members in return. It is your job to try and figure out what they are looking for and how they can help you add value for your members.
The second session is about understanding different priorities. Why are stakeholders partnering with you? Are they on board to deliver a particular service? Are you delivering the service or running the events that they want? And do these line up with session one; what the students want? Once their needs are understood, this session walks Presidents through a framework for how to engage effectively with stakeholders, measure and report on the impact, and continuously seek to improve their stakeholder relationships.
3) Team Development & Personal Leadership
The middle two sessions, speak to the how of the organization.
With priorities identified, how does a President:
(A) Develop her/his team in the most effective way that ensures growth of individuals;
(B) Work towards the priorities of the community and stakeholders while achieving measurable, reportable results.
Former Presidents across Australia were asked, "Why did you want to be the President of Club X," and no two individuals said they applied for the same reasons. They each had their own strengths (in skills and knowledge) that put them in a unique position to lead but this is often the first time any President has lead a large team. They noted that their teams all took on the positions for their own unique reasons and had their own unique strengths as well. So how is a President, with limited time and competing priorities, able to navigate, develop and collaborate with these diverse personalities?
The third session is all about people. We help you identify your own leadership style and unique strengths, so you can then quickly identify the working styles of different team members and help them develop. We show you how to play to your team members' own strengths and motivations so that you can structure personal development goals and provide meaningful feedback.
The first three sessions focus on your community, your stakeholders and your team which are the key elements. This session helps you bring it all together, and set goals that previous committees might not have even considered. If membership hasn't grown, if events haven't been well attended, if the society has operated in silo for years, we need to make a change before we will see change.
The fourth session, the half-way point of the day, is where most Presidents normally want to start. The problems described above are standard business problems, so we offer you the solutions that work no matter who your community seeks, what your stakeholders desire or what the strengths of your team have been so far. This session shows you how to grow your membership, your events, your sponsorship, and much more by providing step by step frameworks to do so.
6) Personal Branding & Vision Setting
The final two sessions speak to the what of the organization.
What can you do, as an individual, to leave a legacy and go where no one else has before?
(A) What can you do that’s new to contribute beyond yourself to charities and social-enterprise?
(B) What impact will this experience have on your career and how can you maximize that?
Many a successful person has realized, some later than others, that life is more than achievement. In fact, achievement without contributing to a cause bigger than yourself is the least rewarding of all. So what is there that a President can do if the stakeholders want to see further involvement in the community? What if the students want to see the society making an impact and empowering them to get involved? How do you leave a legacy?
The fifth session talks about contribution. It is the purpose of this session to show how leading a group of students gives you incredible potential to influence positive change. We’ll show you how some of the most effective student lead fundraisers have impacted positively the lives of others. We walk you through a tried and tested five-step strategy that works to deliver successful fundraising campaigns as well as deliver impacts through volunteering campaigns. This part of the day highlights that your work should always be win-win, and the aim of the game is to empower the students you work with to find fulfillment in these endeavors. Help others, and you will also help yourself.
When pressed about, "Why did you want to be the President of Club X," the most common response was a few seconds of radio silence, followed by a brief justification that sounded like, “Well, it wasn’t just for the resume.” All business is in service of others. Effective business delivers solutions to customer problems or provides value that the customers didn’t know they could find. How is a President going to ensure that many, many, many hours of work in this role is going to be worthwhile and show increases in skills and knowledge on the resume? How does the word ‘legacy’ actually come to life and how do the most influential leaders leave their mark?
The final session brings us home and ensures you, the individual, maximise the return on your investment. The preceding five sessions break down the diversity of your responsibilities and provide frameworks for success, but this session focuses on how you, in the driver’s seat, need to think big for everything else to fall into place. We first discover the core values that drive you and show you how to sculpt a personal brand that represents those values, while identifying key individuals in your sphere that can be of assistance, wherever your next career step takes you.