Lead + Adapt
Leadership Program

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Take your leadership practice to the next level.

A program for executive and senior leaders in the specialist family violence, primary prevention and sexual assault sectors, this professional development program puts you at the centre of your leadership journey.

Connect with your purpose as a leader and explore the strengths, demands and opportunities unique to you and your position.

Strengthen your support networks, build relationships with other leaders and work together to understand your common challenges, individual skillsets, and the power of adaptive leadership.

About the program

Delivery: In-person workshops and online learning.

Duration and commitment: Lead + Adapt runs over a period of three months and includes six all-day, in-person workshops and one to two hours a week of independent work.

Fees: Free. While places are valued at $5,400 per person, we are pleased to offer this pilot program at no cost in 2024.

Support for travel and accommodation costs for rural and remote participants is available.

Important dates: Our next program for senior and executive leaders will take place on the below dates.

Please note that applications for this program are now closed.

  • Thursday 5 September 
  • Friday 6 September  
  • Monday 7 October  
  • Tuesday 8 October  
  • Thursday 7 November 
  • Friday 8 November 

For executive and senior leaders

Lead + Adapt is a program for leaders in Victoria working to end family and sexual violence.


Leaders with a defined role in whole-of-organisation strategy and goal setting.

If you interact directly with board members, funders or external partners, and you have responsibility for overall strategic direction, top-level decision making, guiding organisational growth, and ensuring long-term success – this program is for you.


Leaders who manage departments, divisions, functions, and specialist areas.

If you’re directly reporting to the executive level, and you have responsibility for managing strategic and operational goals, managing people or teams, holding functional expertise, and measuring and evaluating performance – this program is for you.

Subject matter

Using an adaptive leadership framework, Lead + Adapt puts your values and your connection to purpose at the centre of your leadership learning.

You’ll develop a practical toolkit that you can use to expand and support your leadership practice and manage ongoing change.

You’ll also have the chance to explore shared challenges with your peers, gaining insight and advice while deepening your understanding of work taking place across sectors.

Our aim is to develop and support inquisitive, reflective leaders with the skills and mindset to make a difference.

Program learning outcomes

  • Lead with conviction and authenticity, influencing and engaging others to successfully deliver outcomes for your organisation, sector and the community. 
  • Approach problems innovatively, with the confidence to experiment more, view challenges differently, and create the space for others to trial new ideas and approaches. 
  • Strengthen self-awareness, developing insights into your own leadership practice, leadership capabilities, and areas for growth. 
  • Deepen your support network, connecting with other leaders, creating a shared leadership language and understanding that will support you into the future. 

Format and methods

  • A small cohort size, allowing for responsive and collaborative learning  
  • In-person workshops with an experienced facilitator and guest presenters 
  • A 360 degree diagnostic feedback tool 
  • Access to an online learning hub and resources 
  • Opportunities for the application of learning in real-world working environments 
  • Peer learning and peer case consultations 

Delivered by

Lead + Adapt has been developed by Safe and Equal in partnership with Leadership Victoria and Sexual Assault Services Victoria.

Logos: Safe and Equal, Leadership Victoria and Sexual Assault Services Victoria


Thank you for your interest in Lead + Adapt. Our 2024 program intake is now closed.

If you would like to receive notifications about any future rounds of this program please fill in the form below.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about the program, please contact leadandadapt@safeandequal.org.au.


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