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 and new ways of approaching your challenges, and make connections with innovative leaders from across sectors and across the world.

Who Should Attend?

Chief and Senior executives who are engaged with strategic or public leadership and 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

Post Graduate Diplomas and Masters Qualifications are available in partnership with Sunshine Coast University.  


By the end of the Journey process you will:

  • Have greater understanding of your own leadership strengths
  • 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.

Course Schedule & Presenters




September 18


Jan Archer and 2016/17 leaders

October 18

Public leadership – Setting the context for our work as public leaders in Queensland

Robbie McPherson 

November 16

Leadership Styles and Story

Jan Archer

December 6

(Working through until mid-February)

Global classroom program will be set with mentor and action learning teams so that the online and partner work is tailored to the interests and goals of the individual executives in the action learning team 

Jan Archer mentors and coaches, establishing action learning teams and global classroom work with Senge, Scharmer, Schein,  Kahane, Wheatley and Fuda

February 21

Leading through Crisis – Public Safety

Local leaders from key federal, state and local government as well as NFP organisations 

February 22

Leading Through Crisis – Health and Community Services

Local leaders from key federal, state and local government as well as NFP organisations 

March 22-23

Creating Desired Futures – The leadership work

Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milosevic

April 18

Leadership and Governance

John Harte

May 21

Leading in new terrain

Cheryl Kernot

June 12

Action Learning Journeys in teams

Choose your own Adventure…..

July 19

Design Thinking – the work of leadership

Mark Strom

August 22

Figure it Out Leadership

Angela Blanchard

September 12

Leading with Courage

Christine Nixon

October 18


Presentations from all action learning teams and Alliance for Leadership Learning collaborations

Download the ECA Executive 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.