Upskill Yourself As A Leader

Philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “The only one constant in life is change.”

As we begin the new year, we can be sure that more change is coming. New technology, and a focus on diversity, inclusivity and employee health, mean that businesses need strong and skilled leaders. With that, the expectation to stay relevant and take ownership of our professional development increases.

It’s especially important with low levels of pay increases in Australia. The latest reports show just a 1.9 percent rate of growth—getting a pay-packet boost just got EVEN harder.

There are several new priorities to note, including managing in the digital age, responding to mental health issues, developing female leaders and maintaining mindfulnessHere are our top picks for learning options, ranging from free to costly or 10 minutes to a day,  that will have you ahead of the pack.

Improve mental health awareness 

Mentally healthy workplaces deliver results. And leaders play an essential role to ensure both employees and the company benefits from good mental health in the workplace. That’s why training is vital. The Heads Up and Sane Australia websites list a range of training programs to equip leaders in handling mental issues within the workplace. These include on-site training and classroom courses.

Enhance focus on conscious leadership

Since companies, like Google, are now embedding mindfulness into leadership, other’s will follow suit for sure. One more reason to get ahead by training up.

One good option, if you don’t mind travelling to Newcastle, is the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s free workshop on mindful leadership in February.

In the low-range cost-scale is the Australian Institute of Management’s one-day mindfulness course for leaders. The on-campus workshop costs $795 and promises to teach you the foundations of being a self-aware leader.

Only got 10 minutes to spare? Then watch this less-than 10-minute TED talk on mindfulness.

Breakthrough with women in leadership courses

With the case for more female leaders getting stronger and stronger, it’s so important that leaders, male and female, learn to manage what we hope will be the new normal.

Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education delivers a great-value one-day Women in Leadership course. For just $475, leaders walk away with practical tools that support the success of women in leadership roles.

A little higher up the cost scale is National Institute of Dramatic Arts’ Influential Women course. The two-day course is designed specifically to help women become stronger communicators.

Need a more intensive program? You might want to enrol in the Women in Leadership program by UNSW’s Business School.

Upgrade your technology knowledge

Boston University offers a free, online, Leading in the Digital Age course. It gives perspectives on how to harness digital technologies and lead in the digital age.

Want to keep abreast with the latest technological developments in Australia? Check out the Australian Computer Society’s Information Age which publishes a variety of articles you can browse at your own time.

Or, if you don’t mind the cost, you could attend the SingularityU Australia Summit in Sydney in September. Its forward-thinking focus covers the implications of technology in all aspects of our lives and work.

So, in the words of Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest… that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Invest in yourself, stay competitive.