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All schools have student leaders. Beyond Leadership programs are specifically designed with student leaders in mind. Participants are challenged to work outside of their comfort zones through a variety of sessions exploring leadership theories in practical settings.

The Beyond Leadership Program

Customised for your needs…

With a flexible delivery philosophy, Beyond Leadership programs are meticulously planned by experienced educational leaders. Each program is unique and tailored to the specific needs of the client(s). We offer 3 and 5 day live in experiences based on and around the magnificent grounds and facilities of Scotch College in Adelaide. These programs are run during school holidays and are inclusive of all costs including meals, accommodation and supervision of participants. We also offer experiences based at your school during term times and weekends. The duration of these programs can be from 1 to 5 days, depending on the desired outcomes.

Program Chapters

Each Chapter can be presented as part of a sequential multi-session program or as an individual bespoke session.

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Chapter 1 : Leading and Managing Self

What are your strengths, weaknesses, values, passions and purpose?

What about your mind and your brain? Is that my mind talking to me?

How to create and communicate your personal brand.

How to enhance your time management and prioritisation by maximising attention, concentration and focus.

How to fail successfully, by handling feedback and criticism.

How do leadership experiences at school help in life?

How to connect with influential people in your industry of interest?

Practical Challenges

Working to lead a small team within environments that challenge group roles, individual leadership and perception of others. The culminating activity of this chapter will force students out of their comfort zones and look at how an effective team can enhance individual success.

Students working together in physical challenge

Chapter 2 : High Performing Teams

Connecting with key people, how to play a part in a productive team, running committees and meetings, developing agreed behaviours.

How to move from friend to leader, building trust and how to deal with conflict.

Leadership styles and methods through group dynamics.

Exploring team roles, is there enough diversity in your team?

What are the differences between power, authority and influence.

Practical Challenges

Students will be challenged to put the theory of connecting with others, building trust and the stages of group development into a group initiative challenge. These activities allow students to engage in a number of roles, with a variety of team members, reflect instantly and use the feedback loop to improve their understanding of how groups can function more effectively. 

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Chapter 3 : Communication

How to communicate with impact verbally, non-verbally, with technology and using written communication.

Communicating to groups compared to individuals.

Inter-generational communication.

How to connect across cultures with a global understanding.

How to develop a desirable culture.

Exploring the use of closed and open ended questions.

Practical Challenges

Communication is key in all practical challenges, however within these activities participants will be encouraged to look at communication with a variety of lenses from a range of angles. Audio visual review of these activities will also give students a view of themselves and others often not seen. This can be confronting but is a proven method of self-analysis and improvement.

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Chapter 4 : Social Cognition and Influence

Is the mind separate from the brain and can we enhance our general cognition?

Understanding our unconscious bias by exploring the difference between controlled and automatic thinking.

Understanding the psychology of leadership.

What traits do good leaders tend to have?

What behaviours do good leaders exhibit?

Is there a difference depending on the situation the leader is working in?

Practical Challenges

The idea of conformity and unconscious bias will be challenged here. Students will be forced to look beyond what they initially think and feel about an individual or situation. Previously learnt leadership and group dynamic skills will be matched with deeper thinking within each activity. A very engaging culminating activity awaits!

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Chapter 5 : Creativity and Innovation

What is the difference between creativity and innovation?

Using strategic thinking, appreciative inquiry, SWOT analyses to challenge the status quo.

How to use technology and social media to manage the change process.

How to create a sound operational plan and budget to bring others on the change journey.

Measuring success, contingency planning and risk management.

Practical Challenges

Creativity and Innovation are keys to moving forward in whatever industry your work in. How to be creative when you don’t think you are and innovation in action are key themes to be explored. The final practical challenges will require students to use all their previously learnt skills and possibly discover some hidden talents to be successful.

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Chapter 6 : Follow up check points

The journey doesn’t stop when you finish the course, it has only just begun. The Beyond Leadership team will make regular contact to ensure you are continuing to develop, progress and challenge yourself.

The Psychology of Leadership

My year 6 teacher was an inspirational leader. She was respected and wise, she influenced my life immeasurably. My underage football captain led by example and was outstanding at galvanising our team to allow us to win a premiership.

I have also experienced reluctant leaders who are not passionate or enthusiastic about their roles and add minimal value to the group. However, the most corrosive leader is the one like a school leader I worked under who lacked integrity and influenced people through passive aggression. His leadership contributed to creating a work environment that was unpleasant and at times hostile.

Most people can think back to a good and bad leadership they have witnessed or experienced, whether it be a teacher, a coach or a leader in another setting. Whether positive or negative, leaders have the opportunity to influence.

What makes a successful leader? Is it an ability to focus a group on a set task, is it developing good relationships, is it having an inspirational vision or is it something else completely?

Throughout the program, we consider the psychology of leadership and explore a range of concepts including the following: 

Leadership styles
Situational perspectives
Personality traits and individual differences
Differences between transactional and transformational leadership
Social identity and leadership
Trust, charisma and leadership
Leadership schemas and stereotypes
Individual Behaviour in a group setting
Group decision making
Group memory
Group think
Group polarisation
Contingency theory of leadership
Task vs relationship orientation
Negotiation, conflict resolution and cooperation

Experiential Education

How do you learn best? For me, I love being able to really live the experience. As a society we vary in how we engage with new information, therefore the ability to learn through doing is a key component of all Beyond Leadership programs. Within each workshop participants experience a range of opportunities to trial what they are learning in a practical sense. It is common in schools to protect students from failure with concerns about the impact failure has on their mental health. However, we may be doing them a disservice by not allowing them to develop strategies to deal with failure effectively. In our workshops students will be challenged to not just do what they know, but to potentially try and fail in a safe environment.

Key to the whole experiential learning process is the feedback loop. Being able to plan, implement, review and re-plan is critical to progression and is a focus of all practical activities. Effective use of the feedback loop means you never fail. Working with varying personality types and in different environments will also challenge participants to be flexible in their leadership style as they discover what works best for them in different situations.

Highly functioning teams are made up of much more than great leaders. The role of group members in an effective team is a key component of each practical challenge. As the stages of group formation progress individual roles will be unpacked through a range of feedback methods. Great leaders must also harness the resources available, identifying and empowering individuals to use their skillset to maximise group performance can be a difficult task. However, encouraging group diversity is a vital component to the success of any group. Through fun and engaging activities, the Beyond Leadership team will push participants to work outside their comfort zone to drive progression and growth.


Rob Stillwell


Phone: 0408 803 269

David Scholz


Phone: 0438 655 435