Shared Leadership Program

The Shared Leadership Program is a challenging leadership development program for Victorian public library (including the State Library) staff.

The program focuses on increasing the leadership capabilities of participants through theoretical, practical and experiential learning opportunities. Facilitated by Sue Upton and John Martin of Upton Martin Consulting, the program covers self-awareness, team dynamics, communication, stress management, change management, team building, people management, negotiation, influencing, coaching, feedback, collaboration and presentation skills.

Participants will:

  • grow professionally, resulting in increased motivation and confidence
  • develop and practise enhanced leadership and teamwork skills
  • establish and consolidate peer networks across the Victorian public and State library sector
  • be better prepared to take the next step in their career

Applications for the 2015 program closed on Friday 27 March 2015.

Shared Leadership Program structure

The 2015 Shared Leadership Program will be delivered over a four-month period from August to November 2015. Participants will attend four residential workshops (ten days in total) and a presentation day at State Library Victoria. Between the workshops, participants will work in teams on 'action learning projects'.

Pre-course work

Prior to the start of the program, each participant and their library service manager or CEO will have a 30-minute telephone discussion with either Sue Upton or John Martin to clarify the participant’s development needs and the demands of the program. Participants will also complete an online Team Management Profile survey, to help determine their existing work preferences.


Workshops will be presented at the Yarra Valley Conference Centre over four modules.

  • Self-awareness, 5–7 August 2015
  • Leading change, 9–11 September 2015
  • Achievement through teams, 8–9 October 2015
  • Leadership and influence, 5–6 November 2015

Action learning projects

To consolidate their learning, participants will form teams to undertake action learning projects focusing on relevant strategic issues and ideas to benefit the Victorian public library network. Each team will work with a project sponsor. The projects require a commitment beyond the residential workshops and participants’ normal working hours.

Presentation day

This half-day session will be held on Friday 27 November 2015 at State Library Victoria. Each action learning project team will present their project, outcomes and learnings to Public Libraries Victoria Network and their library service manager/CEO (or divisional manager for State Library staff).

The Shared Leadership Program is funded by the Library Board of Victoria and delivered in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria Network as part of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects.

About Upton Martin Consulting

Upton Martin Consulting is a Canberra-based firm established in 1989. The firm specialises in leadership development programs for senior and middle managers from a range of cultural institutions and scientific, Indigenous and women’s organisations. Sue Upton and John Martin are highly experienced leadership facilitators who have worked with over 180 staff at State Library Victoria and Victorian public libraries on leadership programs.

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