Melbourne Business School Short Courses Emerging Social Purpose Leaders

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders

Develop your business and leadership skills as an emerging leader in not-for-profit and other social purpose organisations. Generous scholarships available.

6 days over 12 weeks

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Overview

Leaders in not-for-profit and other social purpose organisations operate in highly complex contexts.

Leaders in not-for-profit and other social purpose organisations operate in highly complex contexts.

This immersive 12-week program has been designed to equip not-for-profit and other social purpose leaders who have little or no prior business management training, with the skills to lead their teams to generate social impact and financial sustainability for their organisation.

Please note that partial scholarships are available for this program. All applicants will be automatically considered. For more information on scholarships for the program, please contact us at [email protected]

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Who Should Attend Emerging Social Purpose Leaders?

Line, program and project managers

  • In medium and large not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises with little or no prior management experience.

CEOs and General Managers

  • In smaller not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises with fewer than five full time equivalent staff.

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Key Takeaways

Leadership capabilities

  • Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to lead positive change.

Management knowledge

  • Learn how to apply the fundamentals of management to your organisation’s context.

Action Plan

  • Create, implement and review an Action Plan tailored to your individual or organisational leadership journey.

Insights from industry experts

  • Hear from recognised social purpose leaders, gaining valuable insights from real-word examples to enrich your working experience.

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Topics Covered

Combining in-person residential learning with ongoing development in their workplace, the program offers a unique learning experience while fostering a lasting network of like-minded peers.

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Social Impact Systems

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Social Purpose Strategy and Impact Measurement

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Stakeholder Management and Communications

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Leading People for Social Impact

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Financial Management Fundamentals

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Negotiating for Social Purpose

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Social Purpose Governance

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Facilitator

Not-for-profit and other social purpose organisations require leaders equipped with both commercial acumen and the skills to increase their social impact. Melbourne Business School and the Social Purpose Centre are excited to support the next generation of leaders who are dedicated to this vital work.

Will Harvey

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Expand or Deepen the Capabilities of Your People

Develop business skills as a strategic enabler of your social purpose organisation.

Develop business skills as a strategic enabler of your social purpose organisation.

Invest in your workforce development by providing emerging leaders with the right tools to enhance the social impact of your organisation. Organisations that commit to employee growth and development foster loyalty, reduce turnover and build a strong pipeline of future leaders to create social change.

When your team is equipped with the latest, evidence-based skills, it also provides an advantage for your organisation. Volume booking discounts may be available for organisations registering multiple employees across a variety of our short courses over a 12-month period.

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The social purpose ecosystem is complex and interconnected. By joining our community of dedicated learners, you will benefit your career, your organisation and the communities you serve.

Libby Ward-Christie

Introducing the HMST Emerging Not-for-Profit Leader Scholarships

The Melbourne Business School is grateful for the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, one of Victoria's most respected and generous philanthropic trusts, with the provision of ten Emerging Not-for-Profit Leader Scholarships.

Emerging Social Purpose Leaders Key Facilitators

Will Harvey - Social Purpose Centre - Melbourne Business School


Will Harvey is a Professor of Leadership at Melbourne Business School and the Director of the Social Purpose Centre. He is an International Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

Libby Ward-Christie


Libby is a recognised leader in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector. Her achievements demonstrate an ability to bring the worlds of community, business, philanthropy and government together to sustainably address disadvantage in new ways, informed by rigorous research and evidence.

The Social Purpose Centre

The Social Purpose Centre brings to life Melbourne Business School’s own social purpose of unleashing leaders and ideas for a sustainable future by growing the impact of social purpose organisations and strengthening the for-purpose ecosystem.

Upcoming Sessions

This is a residential program in which participants stay on campus and engage in program activities after hours. The program fee covers tuition, meals and 1 nights’ accommodation per module.

Read our full terms and conditions and other frequently asked questions for more information.

Dates for the 2024 intake are:

Module 1 - 9-10 September 2024;
Module 2 - 14-15 October 2024;
Module 3 - 18-19 November 2024

9 Sep - 19 Nov Carlton
6 days
$13,000 AUD

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Melbourne Business School’s short courses cater to:

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Independent leaders who wish to upskill and grow their network.
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Organisations looking to expand or deepen the capabilities of their team.
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Organisations who would like to co-design custom learning experiences.

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