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From 2016, the University has been providing an expanded array of senior leadership development contributions. This focus has included SMG, Heads of School, Deans and Directors of Research Institutes, Directors, Associate Heads and Associate Directors of Units.

Senior Executive Coaching is now available in a highly individualised format. Our approach is high touch, drawing from an external panel of coaches offering greater diversity of coaching approaches, tools and expertise and customised to create a greater compatibility of coaching relationships suited to the needs of senior staff across UniSA.

We believe senior executive coaching provides a robust foundation for an effective leader and manger development process, with a strong connection to the continued working relationship between supervisor and participant. The coaching is guided by participant priorities in areas like personal development, performance, skills and knowledge development and is closely connected to the University's 360 degree process. 

Coaching Framework (PDF 428KB)
Coaching Process (PDF 1102KB)

Pro Forma - Objectives (PDF 387KB)
Pro Forma - Coaching Agreement (PDF 281KB)

Executive Coaching Handbook (PDF 686KB)
Building a Coaching Culture (PDF 1MB)

For more information, contact Megan de Lacy Megan.deLacy@unisa.edu.au x21636 or Greg Giles Greg.Giles@unisa.edu.au x21633.

Emerging Leader Coaching is also available; the University of South Australia has chosen Coach in a Box to collaborate with as part of an ongoing leadership development initiative for high potential senior staff.


UniSA staff have previously engaged with Coach in a Box's on-line coaching with positive feedback on the experience. Coach in a Box work from a foundation of confidentiality in a flexible and virtual coaching capacity.

For more information about Coach in a Box please go to their website.

For more information, contact Megan de Lacy Megan.deLacy@unisa.edu.au x21636.

In addition, Masterclasses are being offered by local and national experts in particular fields. They are available to members of the senior leadership group, and separately, to centre leaders, associate directors and associate heads allowing tailored content and discussions to the distinct needs of the group.

Details of events are advertised directly to participants.

2017 events include:

Leading on the Edge with Rachael Robertson  

Leading Negotiation with Scotwork  

Enterprise leadership with David Romano and James Koch  

Leading Group Dynamics with Judith Sellick  

Leading Innovation with David Romano and James Koch  

Leading External Partnerships with Larry Marlowe  

Enterprise leadership retreat for Heads of School with Judyth Sachs  

Enterprise leadership retreat for School Managers with Judyth Sachs  

Mentorship with Kerry Kavanagh and Erica Womersley

2 senior staff retreats as well as Directors and Future Industries Institute Leadership Away Days

2016 topics included:

Leading teams for high performance with Paul Lloyd

Leading breakthrough conversations with Yda Gray

Enterprise leadership with David Romano

Developing a Coaching culture with Kerrie Ashcroft

Leading external partnerships with Larry Marlowe

Feedback with impact with Greg Cook

Leading the Tough Stuff with James Koch

Mastering delegation with Veronica Lee  

Adaptive leadership with Kerry Ashcroft  

Mentoring, networking and collaborating with Veronica Lee

A senior staff retreat and away days for Associate Directors, Associate Heads of School and the Future Industries Institute Leadership

The University also selects an academic and professional staff member annually to participate in the year-long Governor�s Leadership Program.

The Vice Chancellor has established a Leadership Development Advisory Group, chaired by Professor Marie Wilson and including Professor Allan Evans, Jane Booth, Professor Pat Buckley, Associate Professor Joanne Cys, Sarah Cutbush, Professor Roger Eston, Greg Giles and Professor Nico Voelcker to guide the overall senior leadership development initiatives and to ensure it is meeting the development needs of senior staff.

For further information, please contact Greg Giles Associate Director People, Development and Performance - Greg.Giles@unisa.edu.au x21633.