Leadership and Management Essentials

Meet increased demands for productivity and output with fresh ideas and smart leadership and management solutions.

  • Get clear on your leadership approach.
  • Develop your team to peak performance.
  • Conduct your hardest leadership conversations with confidence.
  • Think through your strategy to create clarity for you and those you lead.
  • What is covered in the course?

    Be inspired and apply your new knowledge to your current leadership practice through four highly intensive sessions:

    1. Leadership and Self Management
      • identify your personal leadership strengths and areas for improvement
      • recognise the behaviour patterns that limit your effectiveness as a leader and formulate strategies to address these.
    2. Leading a High Performing Team
      • appreciate your personal communication style and how it affects your ability to lead and motivate others
      • understand the stages of team development and the leadership skills required of you at each stage.
    3. Having Effective Leadership Conversations
      • identify how difficult conversations arise and how they can be used to build better relationships and create a collaborative culture
      • use practical techniques for having ‘difficult’ conversations to manage performance, resolve conflict and negotiate improved outcomes.
    4. Strategy and Decision-Making
      • apply strategic thinking techniques in your workplace
      • communicate strategies and change transparently.

  • Should I attend?

    This course is ideal for supervisors and new or aspiring middle managers.

  • Presenters

    Leadership and Self Management

    Sonali D'silva MBA HR, BSc, MBTI Certified

    Sonali is an astute facilitator and brings her two-decades of leadership and management development experience to her training delivery. Prior to her current business she worked for 15 years in managerial and leadership positions in learning development with global companies in the IT and Healthcare industries. Sonali has worked within Asia, Europe and the US and has facilitated 500+ in-person workshops across cultures and leadership levels. Her passion is developing inclusive leaders - leveraging diversity and cultivating inclusive teams. Sonali is a published author of a book on leadership and actively writes and creates content on leading teams, and Inclusion and Diversity. She currently serves as a Board Director for Xlent Disability Services, an NDIS provider in SA.

    Developing a High Performing Team

    Kathy Pillion MA (Organisational Performance Improvement and Workplace Learning); B. Bus (Human Resource Development); Graduate Certificate of Workplace Elearning Support; Cert IV (Training and Assessment)

    Kathy has more than 25 years’ experience as a Human Resources Consultant and training facilitator and throughout her career has provided leadership development, career coaching and organisational change consultancy to a diverse client base. Kathy has high level instructional design skills, including e-learning as well as distance and face to face delivery programs. Over her career she has designed and developed high level leadership programs and performance management processes, delivered executive coaching and consulted within organisations both in the private and public sector. She has also worked extensively in the accredited training arena with a range of Registered Training Organisations, designing and delivering innovative and tailored Certificate IV and Diploma programs to support organisational performance improvement practices in line with the Australian Quality Training Framework. Kathy is passionate about enhancing organisational capability by ensuring best practice in staff selection, enhancing the leadership capability of key organisational talent and by ensuring organisations effectively manage their people through success oriented performance management practices. Kathy's expertise has allowed her to tailor and design programs to suit individual and organisational needs. She is an excellent communicator providing realistic solutions to Human Resource needs.

    Having Effective Leadership Conversations

    Gary Edwards LLB (Hons) PM

    Gary is a corporate trainer, facilitator and coach, who specialises in helping business people to improve their performance by showing them how to communicate more effectively in critical situations: leadership, workplace culture, teams, sales, negotiation, conflict resolution and customer service. A former lawyer and trained mediator, Gary has over 20 years’ experience in education and consulting in the public and private sectors and in vocational training and higher education, as well as working as a researcher in workplace learning, change management and professional performance. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – an internationally recognised level of certification from Professional Speakers Australia (PSA), the peak body for professional speakers in Australia. Less than 150 people in Australia hold the CSP designation. Gary is also an accredited Workplace Trainer and Assessor. Gary’s teaching approach is based on his twin beliefs that being able to work in collaboration with others is the key to personal and organisational success, and that it is the quality of the conversations that we have every day with other people that determines the level of that success. In delivering his programs he focuses on providing practical strategies and tools: the emphasis is on “how to do it”, not just “what to do”.

    Strategy and Decision-Making

    Mark Priadko; B Econ (Hons); Grad Dip (Marketing)

    Mark helps people think through complex situations and opportunities. His clients include organisations from all levels of government (state, federal and local), Universities, and other for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. The first half of his professional career led him to Executive roles in South Australian Treasury and Finance. He has a deep knowledge of government decision-making processes and public sector financial management. Mark’s former responsibilities in Treasury and Finance included providing advice on the State Government’s financial strategy, legislation and policies, overseeing whole of government banking, financial reporting and related financial systems and working with agencies as part of the annual budget process and weekly Cabinet processes. His love of learning, his experience and understanding of finances and strategy and his curiosity lead him to insights into how organisations and their various functions and projects can be progressed or improved. Mark works with participants to more clearly understand their organisations, helping them make quality decisions often in complex situations.

  • How will I benefit?

    This intensive and highly practical two-day program will inspire you and help you deal with the tough and often complex challenges that leadership and management bring.

    You will also benefit from a mix of delivery; face-to-face program content will be complemented by online activities and resources before, during and after the program via our Blended Learning Management System, MyUni. Learn at your own pace through a variety of e-learning activities at a time convenient to you, and access to global resources and materials designed to suit a range of learning preferences.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Through your attendance at this workshop, your organisation will:

    • be exposed to new ideas and a different lens through which to see leadership
    • benefit from your improved leadership and management capability and insights
    • gain the practical tools and knowledge you will apply and share with colleagues and your team.

    Need customised training for your organisation?

    Contact our team to discuss customising this course to meet your needs.


  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • You will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.
The topic was very interesting and I enjoyed Mark's attitude.past participant

What will I receive as part of this course?

  • Printed course book and materials (PDF copy for tablet on request)
  • Certificate of Completion and training record
  • Refreshments during the day, including a light lunch on full day courses

What should I bring to the course?

Our courses are designed to be work-related and interactive. Please bring current workplace examples related to this topic for use on the day.

What further development can I do?

We recommend Professional Management Program, Developing Inclusive Leadership or HeartWise Leadership - Integrating IQ (Head) and EQ (Heart).

Want to do this course online?

Leadership and Management Essentials Online.

Available course dates:

No dates for this course are currently being offered. Please register your interest for future dates by emailing pace@adelaide.edu.au