Monash Engineering Leadership Program phase 1 kicks off for 2019

In a long-held tradition of commitment to fostering innovative leadership skills, we conducted the residential program last week for nearly 60 undergraduate students participating in Phase 1 of the Monash Engineering Leadership Program.

The program was held at picturesque Aitken Hill Centre in Yuroke, not only one of Australia's leading conference and events venues, but also the perfect environment to learn and be inspired. The program featured a high calibre line-up of facilitators and guest speakers to inspire and motivate our future Engineering leaders.

On day one, students received an empowering presentation from Richard and Tyson Day, leadership coaches from Life and Business Leadership Institute.

The duo focused on key messages such as becoming familiar with the concept of leadership, recognising the importance of 'EQ' as opposed to 'IQ', understanding the power of rituals in your life and their impact on your leadership ability, and understanding the difference between managing and leading.

A highlight was a dinner featuring guest speakers Professor Shaun Gregory from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Gemma Wood from global engineering consultancy Aurecon, reflecting on the power of effective leadership.

Shaun gavea light-hearted, yet compelling address, followed by the inspirational Gemma, a successful young business woman who recounted her career progression and the obstacles she's overcome to fully realise her career goals.

Materials Processing Precinct Manager Trina Majumdar from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Dr Jenny Zhou from the Department of Civil Engineering also provided valuable insights into their respective areas of expertise.

On day two, students learned about increasing self-awareness of their behaviour and various communication style preferences using the DISC Advanced Assessment, co-facilitated by Grow Leadership's Zana Ballantyne and Michael Rainey and Scott Bignell, Monash University Learning and Development Consultant. Students also had the opportunity to receive a personalised DISC assessment.

All in all, the residential program offered high-quality networking opportunities and a new exchange of ideas to optimise leadership strategies, setting the momentum for a great 2019.