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Manager as Leader and Influencer

Course commences 3 July 2023

PD Hours

Manager as Leader and Influencer

Course commences 3 July 2023

PD Hours

Helping technical experts become skilled people managers and effective leaders


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
20 hours
5 weeks
100% online
Short course
3 July 2023
Up to 20

Course overview

As a people leader, do you:

  • Face resistance when you roll out changes or new ideas?
  • Feel like you’re leading individuals – rather than a cohesive team?
  • Feel anxious about giving performance feedback?

Become a respected leader in the resources sector

Reduce the stress of people management while you establish the building blocks as a respected leader equipped to lead your team to success with AusIMM’s Manager as Leader and Influencer Short Course.


What got you here won’t get you there

Being promoted to leadership roles often comes from technical ability and expert discipline knowledge. However, leading people requires additional skills and self-knowledge to be successful. This course is designed to give you the skills, frameworks and insights to understand how to be the leader your team needs to reach both their full potential and business objectives. 


Do you know the kind of leader you’d like to be?

Leadership calls for an entirely different set of skills and knowledge, starting with understanding who you are, identifying the gaps in your current approach and applying the right tools and methodologies to reach your goals – and help your team reach theirs too.


Leadership skills unique to our industry

From leading teams across remote sites to 24hour operations, the resources sector offers unique challenges for leaders, underpinned by continuous change, pressure to perform and complex corporate expectations. This course has been developed by leaders with decades of experience working in the sector, with field-proven experience building and leading teams successfully in these environments.


Learn and connect online – at a time that suits you

Over 5 weeks, the course is delivered via collaborative online learning tools that let you speak directly with course facilitators and connect and network with other course participants. Join virtual classroom sessions live – or use the online learning platform to catch up via replay, ask questions and respond to ideas in the group discussion forum at a time that suits your schedule.


Essential knowledge for effective leaders

Explore topics and key learnings like:

Critical skills and obligations as a manager

  • Understand your values and manage yourself as a leader so you can support your team to achieve results
  • Your ethical obligations as a manager, and the risks of unethical behaviour
  • Translating corporate expectations and communicating them to your team
  • Real, applicable skills backed by an action plan to embed changes to your leadership style

People management tools to unlock high performance

  • Performance coaching to enable success – help your team thrive by coaching people to perform (rather than directing them to do it your way – which limits results over time)
  • Improve the quality of your relationships and your ability to influence at all levels of the business to create positive change
  • Skills for team morale and engagement, including identifying the right leadership behaviours to use in different contexts and cultures
  • Lead performance feedback discussions effectively with clear agreements and expectations

Tools and frameworks to support your path to success

  • Frameworks for continuous improvement as a leader, including reflecting on your performance and asking for feedback from others
  • Manager’s toolbox of productivity techniques and tools, including delegating, managing your energy and time

This course is part of the Mine Operations Manager Core Skills series, designed to support new, aspiring and established leaders develop the skills to lead successful teams and operations in the mining industry.

Course pricing

Price inclusive of 10% GST
Associate membership and enrolment bundle
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price inclusive of 10% GST

Enrolments now open

Course commences 3 July 2023

Learning objectives

  • Examine and design a personal leadership identity based on values and understand how that impacts your language and behaviour
  • Explain the ethical obligations of managers and the risks associated with unethical behaviour
  • Identify how you communicate key messages that cascade down from chain of command and how that affects people’s morale, engagement levels and business performance
  • Discuss tools available and implement techniques to be a more productive manager who can delegate, coach for performance and have difficult performance conversations
  • Compare differences and practice flexible communication styles in various contexts, considering different cultures and over distance, e.g., site and head office.
  • Recognise how to enhance the quality of your relationships and your ability to influence others to create business results and create cohesive supportive cultures where people feel appreciated
  • Explain what culture is, and the link between strategy and structure
  • Outline the requirements for superior team performance, to ensure that everyone has a personal sense of purpose, and value.

Course structure

The five-week course is a collaborative, hands-on online learning experience, taking learners approximately 20 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the virtual classroom will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live events.

Course content includes:

  • Live virtual classroom (with replay available)
  • Additional resources and readings (case studies, videos, articles)
  • Workplace activities and peer discussions
  • Group discussion forums
  • Learning activities in the form of short test questions

Who should attend?

• Managers looking to upskill as people leaders
• Established leaders looking for a refresher for getting the most from their teams
• Senior specialists preparing to step into future leadership opportunities

Earn digital credentials

Showcase your studies, validate your knowledge

Verify your new skills and knowledge with a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, intranet, or any other online account.

Your badge links to a detailed outline of the course, showcasing and validating your new skills in a format that employers and colleagues can easily access and trust.

Enrolments now open

Course commences 3 July 2023

Course facilitator

All programs have been developed in consultation with leading organisations in the mining industry, subject matter experts and community leaders to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and develop relevant skills to accelerate your career.

Melanie McCarthy

Principal - Melanie McCarthy Mentor
Melanie has over 20 years of experience in the industry, having held positions of General Manager, Mine Manager, engineer, and operator. She is currently a professional mentor to industry leaders. Mel was the first woman General Manager of a mine in Victoria and the first woman to hold an underground manager’s certification in South Australia and won the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources award in 2018.

Throughout her career, Mel has worked in over ten different mine sites, both site and FIFO, producing six different commodities. Her expertise is primarily focused on underground mining and includes negotiating offtake contracts internationally. Mel has also served as a non-executive director for more than ten years.

Mel cares deeply about supporting individuals to become exceptional leaders and is a certified executive coach.

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