Northern Leaders Edge Program

What is this program about?

Sponsored by GM Holden, the Northern Leaders Edge program has been designed to give managers and leaders working in Adelaide’s northern suburbs a leading edge. The program is based on the Leaders Institute of SA’s renowned Edge program (now in its eighth year.) This unique program is a powerful way to enhance and accelerate your performance as a leader.

This inaugural program commenced in February 2016 with each carefully selected Northern Leaders Edge group (of no more than 10 participants) meeting monthly, for confidential and structured 3.5 hour leadership development sessions facilitated by a wise, experienced and highly qualified Leadership development expert. The first session was held at the Stretton Centre, Peachey Road, Munno Para.
Sponsored by GM Holden, each participant in 2016 was subsidised by a 50% scholarship. 

Within a completely confidential setting, participants will engage in candid discussions, in which their leadership challenges are shared and worked through using an adaptive leadership framework.


Because Northern Leaders Edge will involve a group of managers and leaders from different backgrounds, it challenges thinking, practice and understanding. The diversity of perspectives that emerge from the robust and rigorous Edge interactions are powerful enablers for leadership development.

Northern Leaders Edge not only helps to provide better solutions to current challenges, it also develops individuals to think more broadly and strategically for the future challenges they will face.

Good leadership is more important than it has ever been.  In today’s world, the rate of change, ambiguity and complexity requires leaders with the skills to see around corners, be able to innovate to cope with, and adapt to, constant change, as well as being able to bring others along with them.  Many leaders are caught unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the kind of complex changes that they increasingly face in the world around them. 


Leaders today need to engage both the head and the heart, develop new adaptive skills and capacities as well as courage, spirit and connection to purpose.  This enables them to help others to navigate the conflict, frustration and fear caused by uncertainty.  Leaders must also be willing to collaborate with people with very different perspectives, abilities and experiences in order to create innovative solutions.  They need to be prepared to take risks and experiment. Self-awareness and strategic foresight capacity are essential.  These are not skills that can be acquired from traditional approaches to leadership development that focus on competencies.  

To develop these capacities, the Northern Leaders Edge Program will push participants out of their comfort zones, challenge and expand the way they think, the way they view themselves and the way they operate.  
In the Northern Leaders Edge program, participants will work on their current leadership challenges - solving their real issues and thus providing an immediate return on investment for their organisation.

What are the outcomes?

  • Greater adaptive leadership capacity
  • Greater strategic capacity
  • Greater ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity
  • Increased flexibility and openness to alternative perspectives
  • Increased self-awareness and capacity for self reflection
  • Greater confidence in exercising leadership capacity 
  • Access to a broad range of perspectives on key challenges and a confidential space in which to explore them
  • Accountability to your group to regularly report back about progress on tackling challenges and creating change 
  • Increased communication skills
  • Expanded professional and personal networks that facilitate partnerships and collaborative problem-solving

What is the investment?

The investment of each participant in this 10-month program in 2016 was $1600+GST (the usual fee is $3200+GST but Holden is offering a 50% scholarship to subsidise each participant).  10 month payment plans available

For further information about the 2017 Northern Leaders Edge program, please contact Scott Dutschke, Program Coordinator at the Leaders Institute of South Australia on (08) 8302 0048 or

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Northern Change Leaders is proudly sponsored by GM Holden in support of leadership development in Northern Adelaide