Management is doing things right, Leadership is doing the right things...
Peter Drucker

The Challenge to Lead program is ideally suited for emerging and high potential people from any business, not-for-profit or government background.

Challenge to Lead

Challenge to Lead is an interactive, practical and intensive residential leadership program designed for emerging and new leaders. The program provides you with tools, skills and approaches to develop your leadership skills for now and into the future.

The Rotary Club of Manningham City recognised the need to build and enhance leadership skills in business, not for profits, government organisations and in the community. Challenge to Lead, launched in 2014 is a program to help develop leaders who can inspire, motive and drive performance

Registration for the Challenge to Lead 2024 program.

The Challenge to Lead is a residential leadership development program and in 2024 will be held at the Canterbury International Hotel, Forest Hill, Victoria


16 – 17 MAY 2024

Cost of the program is $3,500 + GST
10% Early Bird discount, if booked by March 31, 2024

Did you know that a recent Gallup survey report found that only 14% of employees in Australia and New Zealand are engaged in their jobs?

…and an overwhelming 71% were not engaged and as many as 15% actively disengaged?

A recent LinkedIn survey found that a staggering 75% of employees surveyed believed that Australian workplaces need better managers and leaders?

Clearly this a CALL to ACTION for Australian employers….

The Challenge to Lead program can make the extraordinary happen by liberating the leader within individuals and organisations.

Leadership can be learnt.

We strongly believe in the power of leadership and are passionate about developing extraordinary leaders.

Strong leadership makes for better and more successful individuals, organisations and ultimately, a better world.

While most people agree that leadership is a powerful factor of individual and organisational success, fewer people appreciate its importance in today’s world of work. Organisations need management that provides the flexibility to thrive in the ever-changing world of today. It needs a network of capable and authentic leaders positioned throughout an organisation.

Here’s what some of the previous participants have said:

“The experience of the facilitators. The 360-degree reviews, one on one time with facilitators. Having a range of people was really eye opening, learning about new industries and workplaces etc.”

“Bringing our thoughts and way of thinking, awareness about relationships, visions and trust. Particularly about the importance of communication, listening, articulating a position or thought. Asking leading questions. Revisiting the concept and practice of listening.”

“Overall really enjoyed the experience, learned a lot and related to my current work. The facilitators were fantastic! (Even though bad jokes)”

“Thank you for running this course. It was highly impressive and I have found it very valuable.”

Here’s what some of the organisations who have sent participants have said:

“Greater Dandenong City Council’s past participants highly recommend the Rotary Club of Manningham City’s Challenge to Lead program. The program reinforces the importance of clear communication, recognising and acknowledging good performance along with providing positive solutions to challenging situations.
It also reinforced Council’s own workplace guiding principles of being – Respectful, Engaged, Accountable, Creative and Honest in our day to day work and personal lives. As CEO, I note the benefits of this program to those who have participated and recommend it as a leadership development opportunity to any others.”

John Bennie – Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Dandenong

“Cross Docks have sent staff to the Challenge to Lead program for several years and we will continue to do so. It is a program that promotes self-awareness, goal setting and driving accountability (both for the leader and their staff). The program has been transformational for some of our managers and supervisors and I would highly recommend it to any organisation wanting to develop and add value to their key asset – their staff”

Shan Manickham – Managing Director Cross Docks Australia

“Our managers who have attended Challenge to Lead have seen their leadership skills develop following the program. We have now introduced an annual Scholarship where two managers or supervisors will attend the program. As a social enterprise we support the program as all the profits go to Rotary projects that make a positive difference to the world”

Anne McCormick – Deputy CEO Outlook Vic Inc

“We have used the Challenge to Lead program for several years to develop our managers leadership skills. We found it constructive and a valuable development program from both a professionally and personally perspective. An excellent value investment for our business and the team.”

Shane Moloughney – General Manager BAM Wine Logistics

Challenge to Lead Program for High Potential Leaders

Challenge to Lead is an interactive, practical and intensive residential leadership program designed for emerging and new leaders. This program provides managers and supervisors in an organisation with the tools, skills and approaches to develop their leadership skills for now and into the future.

Following the success of the professional development program from 2014 to 2023, the Rotary Club of Manningham is proud to present the program again for 2024, to build and enhance leadership skills in business and community programs. Technical or expert ability is one thing, “leadership” is another, and organisations desperately need leaders who can motivate and inspire, drive performance, and make the tough decisions required to be successful. Effective leadership is therefore in high demand and is a must have capability for anyone wanting to get ahead in the world to achieve more, drive change and the ability to earn more.

Registrations are now open. Find out more about the course or
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Our Challenge to Lead Program

Our Challenge to Lead program is based on extensively researched and practical material used by our professional facilitators specifically for Australian organisations. It is updated annually to ensure the latest ideas, processes and procedures are provided to participants. The areas covered include:

  • What is Leadership? It is not just what you do, but how you do it and where you are going.
  • Leadership starts with Knowing Yourself. The importance of self-awareness – knowing who you are and what is your personal style.
  • How do you engage your team? How you attract, develop, motivate and retain your best people.
  • What skills do you need to develop to be the best Leader? Develop skills and capabilities through questions, listening, providing feedback, driving innovation and delegation.

Leadership can be learned, nurtured, and most importantly, measured. Improvements can be measured and the Challenge to Lead program measures pre-course and post-course performance.


Leadership is about behavior, not personality; it’s – an observable set of skills and abilities.

We measure these behaviours in our Challenge to Lead programs by utilising a 360-degree feedback questionnaire used by several well-known Australian private and public companies and other organisations. The 360-degree feedback questionnaire is a feedback process where your manager, peers and direct reports evaluate you. The result is an analysis on how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you.

The survey is conducted approximately one month before the commencement of the residential program in October and then again 6 months after the program. This allows a comparison and feedback on how your leadership has improved and changed since the course. Many people have used 360-degree feedback as a first step to reach their personal leadership best – clearly indicating leadership is a practice that can be learnt by anyone.

Facilitator Bios

Even the best-designed materials and learning processes rely on dynamic facilitators to bring the program to life and engage participants. Our facilitators hold their own with the very best at the leading universities in the world. Through their dedicated expertise and energy, they ensure all Challenge to Lead participants enjoy an inspiring and unforgettable learning experience. Take a look at their individual bios to see what we mean.

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