Leadership in Sport

An immersive leadership development program that delivers in-depth insights and provides the tools needed to lead and succeed at the highest level, in both sports high-performance and sports business.

Institute of Sports Humanities

Learn to think smarter, make better decisions and lead with bravery.

Learn to think smarter, make better decisions and lead with bravery.

Leadership in sport today relies on studying innovative ideas across the world. Finding "an edge" (both sports performance and sports business) increasingly rests on critical and creative thinking and, in an era of ultra-specialisation, the ability to see the bigger picture.

This course is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the industry, develop your executive skills and build your industry network.

"ISH is delighted to launch this course with MBS"

"ISH is delighted to launch this course with MBS"

"Building on three successful years in London, Melbourne, a great sports city, is the perfect venue, and MBS, with its unique leadership insights, is the perfect partner.

As a global education network, ISH believes in exploring leadership and decision-making through an international and interdisciplinary lens and we are very excited about this new chapter in Australia.”

Ed Smith
Director & Co-Founder
The Institute of Sports Humanities

A partnership in leadership development

A partnership in leadership development

“As leaders in leadership in Australia, we are proud to partner with a globally focused institute to help people at all levels of sport improve their game.

By combining the best principles of success in business and sport, this exciting program will develop agile and dynamic leaders who can help people perform at their best on and off the field.”

Prof. Ian Harper AO
Melbourne Business School

Who Should Attend the Leadership in Sport Program?

Working in the Sports Industry

  • High performance leaders or sports business leaders currently working in the industry or sporting environment.

Want to Work in the Sports Industry

  • Passionate leaders across business who wish to work in the sports industry.

Athletes and Coaches

  • Current and former athletes and coaches transitioning into next career steps.

Key Takeaways From This Leadership Short Course

Improve Decision Making

  • Superior conceptual frameworks supporting better decisions
  • Reconciling objective and intuitive decision making processes.

Drive Strategic Advantage Through Data Analytics

  • Framing the right question
  • The role of creativity in the age of AI
  • Data analytics to empower leadership narrative.


  • Responsiveness to social trends
  • Decode the signals derived from history
  • Innovation by harnessing globalisation
  • Interrogate transferrable leadership insights.

Learning Methods

Immersive Face-to-face Development Opportunities

Online Masterclasses


Presentations by World-class Sporting Leaders and Academic Faculty


Peer-learning Groups


Self-paced Asynchronous Online Content


Local and International

A global network of original and contrarian thinkers

Students, alumni and faculty members have the opportunity to connect or reconnect and share in their joint interest of sport and entertainment.

Unique networking events

Students on the Leadership in Sport course will have the opportunity to join local and international networking events.

Year on year growth

‘Alumni Ambassadors’ from each cohort maintain engagement and oversee activities with their peers in Australia and Internationally.

Subjects and Structure

ISH Leadership Short Course - conference

5-day Residential Conference

An immersive experience lead by world-class sporting leaders and academic faculty. In this residential program, participants stay on campus for the duration of the program and engage in workshop activities and events after hours.

ISH Leadership Short Course - 8 weeks

Online Component

Online group sessions held bi-weekly online, workshops, networking events, lectures, panel discussions, interviews, interactive Q&A’s, including smaller break-out room exercises to encourage group interaction and networking opportunities.


Additional masterclasses from world-class leaders drawn from across sport.

Ed Smith Profile Leadership in Sport


As a professional cricketer, he captained Middlesex and played for England. He was chief selector for England cricket from 2018-21. His fifth book, Making Decisions - putting the human back in the machine, is published by HarperCollins in September 2022.

Yalcin Ackay


Yalçın Akçay joined Melbourne Business School in 2017 and is currently the Director of the Centre for Business Analytics and Associate Dean, Business Analytics.

Aviva Berzon


With expertise in leadership development, group dynamics, conflict resolution and change, Aviva works with organisations and leaders to lift performance and shift culture through building inclusive, energised and thriving workplaces.

Chyloe Kurdas Profile - Leadership in Sport


Former elite Australian rules footballer, television and radio sports commentator. Catalyst for the first-ever national women’s football competition, the AFLW, as AFL Victoria’s Female Football Development Manager.

Simon Kuper Profile Leadership in Sport


World leading thinker on football and globalisation. His books include Soccernomics, Barca and Football Against the Enemy. Dutch born, resident in Paris and writer for the FT, Kuper has explored how the movement of ideas constantly reshapes modern sport in a wide range of settings.

Geoff Martin


Geoff Martin joined Melbourne Business School in 2012 and is now a Professor of Strategy. Geoff teaches Business Strategy, Corporate Strategy and the Social Entrepreneurs units on the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Vivek Chaudri


Vivek first joined Melbourne Business School in 1996 and was a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor for eight years. In October 2016, he re-joined the School as Associate Professor of Strategy and Academic Director Executive MBA Programs.

Nathan Leamon Profile Leadership in Sport


Nathan has built and applied pioneering data models for international sporting teams and has worked for international teams as well as at the IPL. He is the author of the award-winning book Hitting Against the Spin.

An Innovative Education Partnership

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Australia’s leading provider of business education and insight
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Smart thinking leading to better decisions and braver leadership.

Program Enquiry

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