What is the Executive Challenge Academy?

Step out of your everyday context and into a dynamic ongoing learning community. Here you will become steeped in new thinking, new ways of approaching your challenges, and new connections with innovative leaders from across sectors and across the world.

Who Should Attend?

Middle and senior managers who are engaged with strategic or public leadership who wish to develop their leadership expertise.

Course Content

Participate in all modules and additional options to make this program the complete experience of an executive development year. You will have access to small group intensive sessions with the workshop leaders as well as executive coaching. This creates a journey of intensive leadership development that draws on renowned presenters and transformative processes.  Learn about:

  • Public Leadership
  • Changing cultures
  • Cross-sectoral problem solving
  • Social change
  • Governance and leadership
  • Policy and strategy development
  • Social, Economic, Environmental & Justice reform
  • Transformational leadership and change
  • Organisation design and development
  • Creating desired futures for organisations and communities

Qualification Pathways

A Postgraduate Diploma is available in partnership with Sunshine Coast University.  


By the end of the Journey process you will:

  • Have greater understanding of your own leadership strengths and challenges as well as practices to support your ongoing development as a high-performing authentic leader
  • Be able to see and understand situations through multiple lenses
  • Be able to sustain confidence and equilibrium in the midst of pressure and uncertainty
  • Be more attuned to personal and group dynamics, and more skilled in working with those dynamics
  • Have learned and practised skills needed to shift your organisation’s or community’s culture towards greater levels of engagement, trust and accountability
  • Have access to resources, connections and support of world-class faculty as well as an inspired network of innovative peers and mentors


Group A

Group B







Jan Archer and Meg Wheatley




Understanding yourself as a public leader 

Robbie McPherson 




Leadership Styles and Story

Jan Archer




Understanding Media Message and Story 

Local Learning Journey – forming your team and meeting your mentors 

ABC Specialists

ECA alumni organisations  

January – February

Global Classroom program determined by mentor and action learning teams. Commencing work with coaches on individual goals.

Senge, Scharmer, Schein,  Kahane, Wheatley and Fuda




Leadership in Crisis – The new normal

Local leaders from key federal, state and local government as well as not-for-profit organisations 




Gender Conflict & Peace – Leadership for now and into the future

Sohail Inayatullah




Governance and Leadership

John Harte


22 23 Leading in the new terrain Cheryl Kernot


20 20 Leaders on the move  Choose your own adventure….


17 18 Design Thinking – the work of leadership Mark Strom


23 24 Figure it Out Leadership Angela Blanchard


13 14 Leading with Courage Christine Nixon

October 17

17 17 Presentations about Leadership learning with key note presenter and orientation of next group of leaders Plus Keynote

Registration for the Emerging Leaders Program 2017/2018 is now closed. 

Download the ECA Emerging Leaders Program.

Archersfield’s team building, strategic planning and professional coaching have assisted our network of organisations to become more efficient, effective, and focused on delivering great services for our clients and communities.

The Executive Challenge Academy (ECA) is achieving the challenging mission of growing and developing wise, visionary, creative and engaged leadership. The Leadership Company (TLC) is pleased to support this innovative initiative to connect and grow a global community of leaders that embraces diverse organisations across the corporate, non-government and public sectors.

The ECA has transformed my organisation from a busy, hard working group of people diligently in the hamster wheel of activity and task to an organisation that is more thoughtful and deliberate about our leadership, and what it will take to achieve successes and social change. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.

It was such a privilege to be part of the Emerging Leaders Program – initially as a participant, and then continuing as a group Mentor. The program exposes you to world-class leaders as they present on topics relevant to us all, regardless of what role you play or what organisation/sector you come from. The program itself is structured in such a way that you develop meaningful and reciprocal relationships with others that will assist you in both your personal development and within your professional career.

The Emerging Leaders program is an invitation to become uncomfortable, to embrace ambiguity, and to confront complexity. Through exposure to a range of theories and disciplines, participants find opportunity for deep reflection from which they emerge as personally grounded, professionally networked, servant leaders, capable of holding a space for people to grow and for change to occur.

Being part of the Executive Challenge Academy Emerging Leaders program as a participant and as a mentor for the past two years has been an invaluable opportunity for me in terms of individual growth and for my organisation in terms of my leadership capability. I feel part of a leadership community – a community that is connected and where valuable lifelong relationships have been formed. For me the program is a safe environment for learning and I particularly benefited from taking the time out for self and group reflection.

ECA programs bring diverse people together to learn from the best and to develop communities of practice that deliver real outcomes, all based on strong theory.

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