Beginning in 2018, FSSI delivered a suite of workforce excellence initiatives to build leadership skills and support the sector in managing change associated with the family violence reforms. As part of this suite of initiatives, FSSI has delivered its Leadership Intensive Program to over 300 sector leaders across the state. Feedback from participants of the inaugural 2018 Leadership Intensives program indicated a strong interest in having additional opportunities to expand their professional networks and to workshop contemporary leadership theory. In response to this, FSSI established a “Leadership Intensive Network” in 2019.
Through FSSI’s Leadership Intensive Program, participants have developed and strengthened their knowledge, skills, mindsets and networks to support and lead the growth and transformation of the social service sector. But the sector continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace so the “Leadership Intensive Network” was established in 2019 to provide past participants an opportunity to reflect on how their leadership practice has changed and share ideas about how new knowledge has been applied in their workplaces.
Supported by Family Safety Victoria, the Network is designed to “enable participants to continue to build on their learnings in relation to contemporary practice” (Action 4.2 – Strengthening the Foundations: First Rolling Action Plan 2019 – 2022). The focus and design of the Network was developed in consultation with members though an Activation Event on 26 July 2019 and follow up consultation with members.
In 2020, the key features of the Network include:
- an online platform in LinkedIn, which is used to share content on leadership practice, and to facilitate member engagement and networking;
- a regular newsletter, Leadership Matters, which shares content related to leadership including interviews with diverse leaders as part of FSSI’s vLog series; and
- A series of digital events – Fireside Chats – exploring topics of interest to the Network and to the social service industry more broadly.
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