Leadership in Adversity


10-11 April 2024, 1.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST), 10 April 2024 - 11 April 2024



About the masterclass


Explore the leadership skills required to work in increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, sometimes chaotic and ambiguous (VUCCA) environments.

This masterclass has been expertly designed to elevate discussions about leadership in emergency management beyond routine structures. Participants will examine the challenges and demands that need to be managed to lead effectively and ethically. The neuropsychology of decision making and leadership in high pressure situations is also discussed.

With a strong emphasis on overcoming issues and challenges to lead with influence, participants will explore collaborative leadership and hone their skills in effectively leveraging networks and relationships to achieve successful outcomes.

The interactive masterclass encourages participants to reflect on crisis leadership issues, how human factors influence leadership, and their own practice. This enables participants to think and act as leaders in new and constructive ways.

This event is run across two days in three-hour sessions and is presented through an online delivery method.

Program and learnings


This Masterclass aims to provide leaders with the skills to:

  • Create and maintain effective conditions to enhance team performance in times of crisis
  • Manage competing perspectives, priorities and interests amongst stakeholders and consider effective
  • communica­tion strategies
  • Optimise performance of self and others to support resil­ience in adversity
  • Influence key decision makers to build and leverage networks and relationships to enable better community safety outcomes

Topics covered:

  • Topic one — Leadership challenges and ethics
  • Topic two — Leadership and the social impacts on team performance
  • Topic three — Managing self and others in crisis and adversity
  • Topic four — Leading effective teams
  • Topic five — Meaning making, perspective taking and leading with influence
  • Topic six — Governance and political layers



The Leadership in Adversity Masterclass is delivered online via Zoom.



$395 per person, inclusive of GST. 



Each participant will get:

  • Access code to participate via Zoom.
  • Participant workbook, in PDF format. 
  • Access to facilitation team to ask questions. 
  • Safe and respectful learning environment. 



  • Leaders of incident, emergency and disaster management multi-agency teams operating at a strategic level
  • Experienced disaster leaders looking to enhance their own performance and increase their influence to bring the best out in their teams
  • For teams, this program will generate shared insights and provoke constructive conversations and exchange



This masterclass has been approved for EMPS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. The masterclass has been allocated 6 hours of CPD.
For more information about EMPS CPD and to find out if you are eligible for EMPS CPD visit