Mildura leaders take time to reflect in lockdown program

Business professionals across Mildura are flocking to a free MBA-level Leaders in Lockdown program in an effort to take on new leadership perspectives and strategies.

Launched four weeks ago, the La Trobe University program has enrolled a staggering 3800 participants from Australia and overseas.

Nardia Sheriff, Executive Officer of the Northern Mallee Leaders Program (NML), says participants and alumni of the program have signed up keen to make good use of the opportunity.  She too, has signed up to the program.

“People are looking for an escape, a chance to do something that’s just for them. That’s definitely the reason I signed up.  I'm aware of 24 current participants and alumni that have registered.  Although many are still busy, I think the other reason people have made the commitment, is the fact that it’s self-paced. People can take their time to work through the content and with the course open until the end of the year, that’s won quite a few people over.

NML program develops leadership potential in individuals through the delivery of a 10-month community based leadership program, and COVID19 has certainly changed the way things have been done this year.

“Although our 2020 participants will be having a very different experience of the NML program, the opportunity to take leadership learnings from this pandemic experience presents an opportunity to develop skills in emotional intelligence, adaptability and most definitely technology. This has been an unexpected silver lining that we’re making the most of! To see members of this year’s cohort, as well as from our alumni take up this opportunity with La Trobe is testament to their willingness to continue growing leadership capacity and contribute to the future of our region, especially as we move into the recovery phase of this crisis. Despite the challenges, it's actually a really exciting place to be in right now,” says Nardia.

Dr Deb Neal, Head of Campus, says this program is just one of the ways La Trobe is contributing to the recovery of COVID19.

“It’s been fantastic to see strong support for the program locally.  Many local CEOs have been in touch with us to say their staff are taking up the opportunity.  People are signing up to improve their leadership skills, understand team dynamics and connect with fellow participants from diverse backgrounds and industries.  As an added bonus, participants who complete the four-module, 12-hour program are eligible to receive a credit towards La Trobe’s MBA program.

“This program, along with our COVID19 Industry Response Program, that we opened applications for two weeks ago – are just two ways we are supporting small and medium businesses to upskill, reframe and pivot their businesses and operations,” Dr Neal says.

The COVID-19 Industry Response Program is a 12 week, fully online program that is designed to businesses to adapt and innovate in the face of unprecedented change.  The program supports retailers, manufacturers and small businesses with expert workshops, personalised mentoring and online learning modules, at no cost to participants.

Read more about the La Trobe Business School Leadership Professional Development Program and COVID-19 Industry Response Program.

Read more about La Trobe’s short courses on offer on our website.


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