Coach and Official Leadership Program

The department delivered a pilot Coach and Official Leadership Program in Western Australia.

The series of workshops were designed to assist in the development of leadership skills among WA coaches and officials operating in the talent development environment.


  • Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence
    Monday 18 February 2019
  • Resilience and Mental Toughness
    Monday 18 March 2019
  • Effective Communication to Build Confidence
    Monday 15 April 2019
  • Managing Others and Managing Change
    Monday 20 May 2019

All modules will be delivered between 5.30 pm to 9.00 pm, so applicants will need to be available during these hours. All modules will be delivered at the department's Leederville office. Applicants should note these dates in their calendars until the candidates are selected and confirmed.

Applications for the full workshop series will open on Monday 10 December 2018 and close on Friday 18 January 2019.

A maximum of 20 candidates will be selected for the program, with successful applicants determined through an application and selection process.

Leading Self and Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

This three hour workshop explores understanding self through DISC sport data interpretation, mental models and understanding different emotions and how to manage them. Themes include:

  • Interpretation of DISC adapted and natural leadership styles
  • Growth vs fixed mindsets regarding personal development
  • The importance of emotional intelligence to leadership and high quality relationships.

Resilience and Mental Toughness

This three hour workshop explores how to reduce stress, create proactive and reactive resilience strategies and enhance emotional resilience for personal effectiveness. Themes include:

  • Self-assessments coping strategies, resilience quotient and mental toughness index
  • How to reduce stress and navigate moods, feelings and difficult days
  • Develop resilience skills for personal effectiveness.

Effective Communication to Build Confidence

This three hour workshop invites participants to reflect on their Values in Action (VIA) strengths profile, capability and capacity to give and receive effective feedback, actively respond to those they lead and create cultures characterised by positive relationships and positive communication. Themes include:

  • Using the VIA to reflect on how to model confidence for others
  • Giving and receiving feedback effectively using SBI/BI feedback and DESC assertiveness models
  • Developing the ‘art of playing badly well’ in others
  • Dispensing tough love effectively using appropriate rewards and punishments.

Managing Others and Managing Change

This three hour workshop focuses on developing personal power, using DISC data to recognise and adapt to difficult people and understanding emotional responses to change and transitions. Themes include:

  • Identify different kinds of power and their use and abuse
  • Self-assessing conflict management orientation styles
  • Handling different types of difficult people using different strategies
  • Defusing objections, resistance and encourage people to be more cooperative
  • Understand models of change.

Participant expectations

The success of the program is dependent upon committed and dedicated participants who are seeking to play an active leadership role in delivering success in the talent development environment. Places are strictly limited, so those wishing to be accepted onto the program must be committed to:

  • attending the full workshop series*
  • learning new ways to lead in the talent development environment
  • being stretched and challenged
  • being an active participant in the program, including being able to commit the time and effort required to complete the profiling tool prior to the first module commencing and post-workshop reflection exercises
  • actively sharing learnings in your sport.

*For this phase two pilot program, the preference is for applicants to be available to attend all four modules, however consideration may be given to applicants who can attend three of the four modules.


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