The Emerging Leadership Graduate Program

CQUniversity and Performance People Pty Ltd have been delivering workshops in leadership to the emerging leaders of CQUniversity Australia for four years through the Emerging Leadership Program. In this time more than 70 emerging leaders have completed the program.

It is time to offer a new challenge, and new opportunities to develop leadership skill to these emerging leaders.

The Emerging Leadership Graduate Program is for people who have completed at least eight courses of the Emerging Leadership Program, and are seeking further opportunities to develop leadership skills. In 2012, the program involves three initiatives:

Team Building for Leaders (Course 1: 2 sessions) - 9.00-12.00, 26 October & 2 November 2012

This two half-day initiative involves learning practical skills and theory for working with teams. Participants will come to a better understanding of the personal preferences team members have in participating and leading teams. They will appreciate how the stages of team development (forming, storming, etc) can be used to help teams to perform better. And they will undertake hands-on team building activities – learning to facilitate these activities themselves.

Presentation Skills (Course 2: 5 sessions) - 10.30-12.30, 20 & 27 July, 3, 10 & 17 August

This initiative is spread over five 2-hour sessions. It is called a Presentation Bootcamp, as it involves learning through the application of practical presentation skills. The topics covered include planning; preparing; practising; and delivering polished, professional presentations. Participants plan and deliver two presentations during the sessions and by completing set homework tasks.

Facilitation Skills for Leaders (Course 3: 2 sessions) - 9.00-12.00, 20 & 22 November

This two half-day initiative involves facilitating groups to solve problems, exploit opportunities and make plans for the future. The first session covers a substantial body of conceptual knowledge and practical processes. The second session involves practical application of the theory, with participants facilitating their peers in group sessions to focus on understanding and solving real University problems.

Numbers for the three courses are limited to ensure participants are individually engaged in learning, and that each person receives personal attention from the facilitator.

Facilitator - Geoff Higgins

Geoff heard requests for more opportunities for learning collaboratively with other emerging leaders from many people who had completed the Emerging Leadership Program. It is this feedback which led to the establishment of the Emerging Leadership Graduate Program.

Geoff has extensive experience in leadership development and has worked with CQUniversity and other organisations in the region on a broad range of skills development initiatives. Geoff brings practical skills, useful tools, and an enthusiasm for excellence in leadership to his role in facilitating these initiatives.

Geoff has been a line manager and human resources manager at a Lend Lease Group company, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has been providing management consulting services from his base in Rockhampton for 14 years.


The workshops will be conducted on the Rockhampton campus of CQUniversity Australia.

Cost and Timetable

The cost (per person) of each course is outlined below and covers all sessions within each course title. This includes tea, coffee, morning tea and workbooks. From time-to-time, a community leader will be invited to speak to the group about their experiences as a business leader. This is in addition to the workshop and free of charge to enrolled participants.

The planned timetable is as follows:

Course/Initiative Title


Cost(incl GST)

Team Building for Leaders

9.00-12.00  (Rescheduled from March)Friday 26 October and 2 November 2012


Presentation Skills

Friday 20 and 27 July, 3, 10 and 17 August 2012


Facilitation Skills for Leaders

Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22 November 2012


Note: Some dates may be altered during the life of the program.

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Positions are limited. To register for this development opportunity, please complete the Professional Development Registration Form. This form can also be found on the Staff Portal, under Documents, People and Culture.

Please return to People and Culture, Building 2, CQUniversity Rockhampton.

Should you require more information about this program, please contact the Professional Development Officer at or call 07 4930 9148.