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1.3 Indigenous Corporate Leadership program

Today’s Emerging Leaders program

The current Emerging Leaders, who came together

in March 2017, have visited Indigenous organisations

and met leaders in East Kimberley, Inner Sydney,

NPY Lands and Lower River Murray. They have also

spent time in Canberra at a government-facilitated

masterclass in ‘Working with Government’, and are

being coached by Emerging Leaders alumni on

how to maximise the opportunities offered through

the program.

Emerging Leader Gary Field, son of Belinda Field

and Practice and Learning Advisor at House with

No Steps, a leading disability service provider on

the Central Coast of New South Wales, explains the

change he feels ready for:

I believe before the program started I understood,

to an extent, what it takes to drive change on a

local level. I hope that with this program I am able

to build on these skills and to influence, challenge

and drive change on all levels. As Ian Trust told

us, ‘Good leaders take people where they don’t

want to go, but know where they need to go’.

His co-participant Divina D’Anna, Empowered

Communities development manager at Aarnja, looks

forward to using the program to understand how

ideas about leadership can be put into practice:

I knew what attributes a person needs to drive

change … But practising and walking the talk is

something different.

Many established Indigenous leaders have now

been exposed to the Jawun Emerging Leaders

program—nominating their young people, supporting

the program, and working with past participants at

the community level. This strengthens their resolve

to support and create opportunities for a next

generation of leaders, ones looked to as successors

to sustain their own investments in Indigenous

empowerment in the future.

Now we’re seeing the next generation

coming through. And I think the

generation after them will be even





Jawun’s Indigenous Corporate Leadership or

‘reverse secondment’ program began in early 2017.

Three Indigenous participants, each respected

authorities in their communities, were placed

for between six and 12 months in a top business

environment, in a fully managed and salaried role to

develop their leadership.

For many of Jawun’s corporate partners, the idea of

reverse secondments kept arising. Seeing how much

their employees grew through secondments, and

feeling increasingly invested in the empowerment

of the Indigenous leaders and organisations they

supported, they wanted to offer the same chance but

the other way around.

The Indigenous Corporate Leadership program allowed me to

develop skills in communication, negotiation, management and

leadership—through on-the-job training and learning from my

manager and my Qantas team.