The 2017 Governor's Leadership Foundation Program
Apply Now Applications for the 2017 Program have now closed and will open in May 2017 for the 2018 GLF Program.

The Governor's Leadership Foundation (GLF) program is the Leaders Institute's renowned flagship program. This extraordinary program takes leadership development to a remarkable new level, and participant learning extends well beyond the initial 10-month program involvement. Designed to broaden, enhance and accelerate leadership capability, you will be challenged, inspired and confronted through experiential, reflective and interactive learning.

The GLF has been running since 2000, and we now have more than 580 graduates, 95% of whom remain in SA, contributing at senior levels of leadership in their organisations and in the broader community. 

Want to find out more about the GLF program?

Applications for 2017 Governor's Leadership Program closed on Monday 12 September 2016 Apply Now

You can register here for the FINAL GLF Information session on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 6pm.

Wondering what the GLF program looks like? Click here to download  the 2017 GLF Information pack

In 2014 the GLF Impact & Economic Study was undertaken to understand the collective impact of GLF Alumni from 2000-2013.  Download it here.

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The Governor's Leadership Program

Program Overview

The GLF program is a unique and challenging program - an unconventional, unmatched, life-changing experience. Participants commit to a challenging, action-packed ten months participating in regular experiential sessions (including sessions on farms, in businesses, in a prison, in Parliament House, an Aboriginal community, homeless centres, Government House and more) and three weekends away between February and November. The program stretches participants intellectually and personally and develops practical wisdom. Participants return an immediate positive impact to their organisations through improved judgement, interpersonal awareness, greater leadership capacity and maturity, personal insight and a more balanced view of the interactions between economy, society and environment.

The dynamic, interactive format focusses on developing and enhancing practical wisdom through reflection (reading, thinking, discussing), learning from leaders who are experts in their field and immersion in thought-provoking experiences that challenge worldviews and extend understanding.

Participants develop capacities of mind that enable them to contribute more effectively to all of the communities of which they are a part – workplace, family and society.

The program provides participants with an invaluable opportunity to:

  • Broaden their knowledge of complex issues and exchange ideas with outstanding leaders
  • Explore aspects of our society they might otherwise never experience (including sessions hosted in various businesses, Parliament House, Government House, farms, Aboriginal communities, prisons, courts, services for the homeless, government facilities and regional and rural communities)
  • Move out of their comfort zone, think beyond individual interests, rise above differences and work collaboratively with others
  • Expand self-awareness and wisdom, improve resilience, decision-making and reasoning capability.

Key elements of the program include:

  • Official launch at Government House
  • Monthly issues-based seminars
  • Three field trips and retreats involving nights away
  • High level out-of-program requirements (reading, reflection, action learning)
  • Personal leadership development and individual coaching sessions
  • Group case study work
  • Action learning project work
  • Community service
  • Graduation ceremony


  • 10 month program
  • 2-3 half or full day modules per month
  • High level out of program requirements (reading, reflection, action learning)
  • 3 field trips and retreats involving nights away

Click here to download the 2016 program schedule.  

Program Outcomes

Many leaders today are unprepared to meet the adaptive challenges we face in a world of escalating complexity and ambiguity. We need to develop our leaders earlier and more rapidly if we are to meet these challenges successfully in our organisations and communities. Leaders today need to engage both in the head and the heart, developing new skills and competencies, as well as courage, spirit and connection to purpose. This will enable them to help others navigate through the conflict, frustration and fear catalysed by uncertainty.

Leaders today must also be willing to collaborate with people with very different perspectives, abilities and experience in order to create novel solutions. They need to be prepared to take risks and experiment. Self-awareness and strategic foresight capacity are essential.

The GLF program is designed to develop the consciousness needed to lead in the midst of such complexity. Investment in the GLF program returns direct results. Participants bring an immediate, positive impact to their organisations through improved judgement, interpersonal awareness, greater leadership capacity and maturity, personal insight and a more balanced view of the interactions between economy, society and environment.

Outcomes from the program include:

  • Enhanced strategic foresight capacity through a broader understanding of issues that matter to the future of our nation, State, organisations and communities
  • A deeper understanding of complexity, interconnectedness and actionable solutions
  • More confidence in exercising leadership knowledge and ability
  • Increased courage for working in ambiguity, taking informed risks and experimenting
  • A greater ability to make wiser, more informed, and collaborative decisions
  • The ability to self-reflect, question and potentially transform existing value systems
  • Increased self-awareness and connection to purpose
  • Better access to strategic information from more diverse sources
  • Vastly expanded personal and professional networks.
Why The Governor's Leadership Program ?

Independent research conducted by the University of Adelaide School of Business, reported that the GLF program ‘has the strongest imaginable positive endorsement from its graduates’. The researchers said the program’s ‘overall impact for the vast majority was profound, even life-changing’.

Investment in the GLF provides substantial returns through immediate learning and growth, as well impacts well beyond the program year. You will gain a greater understanding of yourself as an individual and as a contributor to organisational and societal leadership needs and possibilities. Through deeper perspectives and immersion into current issues, you will gain greater insights into navigating the complexities of effective and sound leadership.

You will have a deeper appreciation for identifying and responding to the issues that really matter through experiential learning and personal coaching. Outcomes of improved decision making and increased professional capacities will give you greater leadership confidence as you interact with the world around you to benefit individuals, organisations and our State as a whole. The GLF also offers long term learning through enormously expanded networks and life membership of the Leaders Institute of SA.

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GLF Alumni

The GLF is an opportunity to join the dynamic and varied alumni of over 550 diverse and high level program graduates – a network of influential, passionate decision makers inspired to make a difference in their careers and communities.

On completion of the program, graduates are awarded Life Membership of the GLF Alumni and are provided with regular opportunities for professional and personal development, meaningful community involvement and networking opportunities. This can include participation in a Think Tank, further developing leadership capacity through the Edge program or Leadership Coaching, joining an exclusive Boardroom Bites lunch or participation in CEDA workshops, seminars and other public events for a heavily discounted rate.

Program Facilitators

Marianne Stacy

Marianne Stacy is a registered Psychologist with extensive experience in leadership and organisational development and has designed and run numerous highly successful leadership development and organisational change programs within the health sector as well for businesses and non-profit organisations.

Marianne is also a highly skilled and experienced executive coach and facilitator, working with clients in a wide variety of organisations. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching at The George Washington University in 2006 and since then has coached executives in both the USA and Australia.

Marianne’s experience also includes a focus on utilising positive psychological principles to enhance leadership performance and organisational culture.  Her understanding of complex and dynamic organisational environments coupled with her ability to assist leaders balance the interests and perspectives of diverse stakeholders enables leaders to develop an adaptive approach to leading change.

Marianne enjoys ongoing professional studies to ensure she brings the most contemporary, evidence-based approaches to her clients. She is accredited in numerous personality and 360 leadership assessments including:

• Hogan Assessment Inventories
• The Leadership Circle 360 and The Leadership System (C2)
• Leadership Maturity Framework, Susan Cook-Greuter
• Growth Edge Coaching certification (ongoing)
• Techwerks Resilience and Wellbeing Training (Level 2)
• 100 hour training in hypnosis and mindfulness-Michael Yapko
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 1 - Russ Harris

Dr John Wood

Dr John Wood's background and corporate experience is extensive including roles as HR and OD specialist, consultant, company director, manager and now business owner. He has been employed in manufacturing, financial services and the professional services sectors and consulted to other industries throughout Australia. John has completed a PhD addressing the qualities of successful CEOs and has been a practicing psychologist since 1983.

Application Process

Program places in the Governor's Leadership Foundation program are competitive. The Leaders Institute seeks a diverse range of applicants from the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Regional and Aboriginal leaders are encouraged to apply.

Applications for GLF 2017 closed on Monday 12 September 2016 and will reopen in May 2017 for the 2018 GLF Program. Interviews for short-listed candidates occur from mid-September to mid-October, with offers for a place made in early November 2017.

Investment & Scholarships

In 2017 the program fee is $11,950 (plus GST) which includes Life Membership to the GLF Alumni Network. Several full and partial scholarships are available. Individuals should not be discouraged from applying for economic reasons.

Click here to download the 2017 Overview of Scholarships.  There are a range of scholarships generously provided by Community Business Bureau (CBB), Department of Premier and Cabinet, GM Holden, Primary Industry and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), REDARC Electronics and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation. 

Contact Heather Gryst (Marketing & Alumni) for further information.

Do you have what it takes?

To find out more, watch these videos to get a snapshot of what the program is about.

GLF Channel 7

GLF Governor's Message

GLF Overview

GLF Sponsor Message

GLF Testimonials

“The GLF program has been truly inspirational. It has given me access to a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and insights….I have become more reflective, considered and open to new ideas and ways of thinking. This has improved my decision-making and collaboration within my organisation. I have utilised key tools from the adaptive leadership approach to identify and resolve business issues and tackle “wicked” problems.  
The GLF has exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend the program for aspiring leaders or for leaders looking to significantly accelerate their development.”
Ron Tremaine, General Manager Corporate Brands, Detpak FGLF15

“An enlightening experience that I would recommend to anyone who is passionate about becoming a better and wiser employee, citizen, family member and friend.….The opportunity to engage, collaborate and interact with such a diverse range of professionals along with the enriching experiences that are continually offered, is life changing....The way I view myself and the world has changed forever.” 
Kathryn Govan, General Manager – Finance, Motor Accident Commission FGLF15

“The GLF has…made me more considered and measured both in my personal and professional life. The program is a phenomenal opportunity to learn more about the world around me and grapple with issues that I wouldn’t normally get to contemplate in my day to day life. The insights and perspectives gained help provide for a much more considered approach when dealing with issues arising at work. The skills developed during the GLF not only benefit my own decision making, but they are transferable skills that when invested forward have already started to bolster my own teams performance and decision making.” 
Damien Mavroudis, Manager, Petroleum Enginering, Santos Ltd. FGLF15

“ My GLF journey has been amazing. I have been challenged and stretched so many times that it now feels almost comfortable! To be surrounded by 40 incredible individuals all willing to commit themselves to being more provides a unique environment in which you can thrive. The most incredible leadership program I have ever had the privelege of being part of."
Dana Rankine, Program Manager, SA Power Networks. FGLF15