Emerging Leaders Program

Set up your emerging leaders with practical skills to establish a strong leadership brand and build healthy, constructive relationships.

The goal of this intensive program is to invest in emerging and new leaders, giving them access to enriching experiences – so they can understand themselves better, break down barriers and learn to self-regulate. Top performers are given the opportunity to develop the constructive mindset and emotional intelligence they need for leadership.

Our collaborative partnership with Thinka has allowed us to successfully deliver innovative and challenging training to support the ongoing growth and development of our team members.

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Program Purpose

This Emerging Leaders Program supports those starting out in management positions to understand their leadership style and develop practical skills. It helps emerging leaders in all industries grow emotional intelligence and relationship management skills, so they can have greater impact on team performance. This leadership program focusses on the development of self-awareness, critical thinking, and effective communication.

Partnering with organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and across Australia, we know that leaders face unique challenges in this modern world of work. Here are a few:

  1. Professional development: Emerging leaders need dedicated professional development to help them establish fundamental practical skills in leadership. Organisations have a significant competitive advantage and a more compelling EVP for attraction, retention and engagement when leaders are provided with specific skills training to support their leadership development. 
  2. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that emerging leaders need skills to manage a changing, unpredictable environment. Covid recovery, economic instability and hybrid working call for emerging leaders to develop emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to navigate this type of working context. 
  3. Rise of ‘human skills’: More and more, organisations are helping emerging leaders develop both technical skills and soft skills. Emerging leaders need human skills like emotional intelligence, active listening, and managing a range of communication styles, to build stronger, healthier teams. 
  4. Managing multiple stakeholders: Emerging leaders need to learn how to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders, including customers, senior management, and their direct reports – who all have different requirements. In today’s fast-paced business environment, team leaders need assertiveness to achieve project goals, while satisfying the requirements of all stakeholders. 
  5. Complex macro environment: Organisations are dealing with rapid technological change, a fluctuating economy, and rising expectations from consumers. Leaders need critical thinking skills to help them solve complex problems and collaborate with their teams, so they can handle change and find ways to move through it.

Overall, these challenges present a strong case for setting up emerging leaders with fundamental leadership skills, so they can thrive in a complex world of work and build strong relationships with others.

Program Benefits

With the help of this Emerging Leaders Program, participants will enhance their leadership capability in areas such as:

  1. Self-awareness: This involves the ability to recognise and regulate one’s own emotions and maintain healthy relationships with others. Emerging leaders can improve this skill by engaging in self-reflection, taking on feedback, and developing empathy. The development of a sound reflective practice helps emerging leaders learn from their mistakes and improve.
  2. Curiosity: Emerging leaders build trust when they are genuinely curious and ask questions to learn and improve performance. Emerging leaders can build this capability by challenging their own biases, seeking out learning opportunities and advice from others, and by engaging in active listening.
  3. Empathy: Finding ways to relate to other people’s experiences and the emotions they are feeling, gives emerging leaders a better insight into others. When this happens, there is a better opportunity for connection, and difficult conversations when needed. When leaders seek to understand others, they can have open and honest discussions that lead to better outcomes.
  4. Empowering others: Emerging leaders who seek to understand other people and appreciate their differences, are better able to maintain healthy relationships. Emerging leaders need fundamental skills in areas like coaching and feedback, so they can listen and provide direction to others, and contribute to positive team culture.
  5. Collaboration: Emerging leaders who can appreciate different needs and perspectives among stakeholders are better able to collaborate with others as a ‘team player’. Leaders with emotional intelligence and well-developed communication skills seek to understand their audience to make good connections. They ask questions and actively include all people in conversations and decision-making.

When people in early leadership roles develop these practical skills, organisations benefit from an improved workplace culture that supports teams to do their best work.

Program FAQs

What is an Emerging Leaders Program?

Thinka’s Emerging Leaders Program is specifically designed for leaders to grow their self-awareness and interpersonal skills. It aims to provide learners with the skills, tools, resources and confidence necessary to develop fundamental leadership skills. Our specialist facilitators have worked with many leaders in Australian organisations and draw from these experiences to offer meaningful advice and practical strategies to learn from.

Why should my organisation offer an Emerging Leaders Program?

Being part of this Emerging Leaders Development Program can help participants develop essential skills, access mentoring and build partnerships across a supportive community of peers. It can also help participants to support each other to build skills in self-awareness, collaboration, and empowering others. The networking opportunities are crucial to helping leaders help each other.

Who can attend an Emerging Leaders Program?

This Emerging Leaders Program is designed for employees in organisations who show high leadership potential, are entering leadership, or who are new leaders. The frameworks and practical skills we focus on build competencies in leadership, as well as communication skills that help people build trust with team members.

Are Emerging Leaders Programs only available in person?

Thinka’s Emerging Leaders Development Program can be delivered face-to-face or as online learning via Zoom – depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of a series of workshops with case studies and tools to support real world application – so emerging leaders can apply practical skills straight away.

Often these are complemented by coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and supporting leadership development in each of the participants. Organisations might also opt for a blended program that makes use of eLearning modules and other forms of media.

Example program

Month 1

Breaking down barriers

Remove blockers and biases to see the self with greater clarity.

  • Welcome box
  • Program roadmap
  • Induction
  • Two day in person on-site intensive ‘retreat’
  • Tools for application and reflection tasks (reflection portfolio)
  • Participant management

Month 2

Knowing the self

Apply a model to dive deeper into self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Tools for application and reflection tasks (reflection portfolio)
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Participant management

Month 3

Regulating the self

Use strategies to manage emotions and relationships.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Tools for application and reflection tasks (reflection portfolio)
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Participant management

Month 4

Being your best self

Activate motivation by knowing what your ‘best self’ looks like.

  • In person workshop
  • Guest speaker
  • Tools for application and reflection tasks (reflection portfolio)
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Participant management


Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. Emerging leaders become more self-aware (e.g., understand their values, strengths, communication style etc).

2. Emerging leaders recognise their ‘blockers’ and understand the impact of these.

3. Emerging leaders use their reflections to design individual strategies to manage emotions.

4. Emerging leaders examine how they might improve relationships by regulating their behaviour.

5. Emerging leaders build a constructive mindset, so as to enter the role of a leader consciously.

Possible Inclusions

1. Program roadmap

2. Induction

3. Welcome box

4. Workshops

5. Activities (e.g. Hackathon)

6. Guest speakers

7. Tools for application

8. Assets (e.g. eLearning, video)

9. Coaching

10. Participant management

Target Audience

Emerging and new leaders

Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
These leaders are either ready for or new to the role of leadership. While they are proficient, capable and have a strong work ethic, they need some development in emotional intelligence. This will help them challenge any barriers affecting their confidence to ‘step up’ and be more understanding and empathetic as a leader.