Become a leader in the community sector

APPLICATIONS for the Tasmanian Community Fund’s (TCF) 2018 ‘Emerging Community Leaders’ program are now open.

Community members with their sights set on management roles are encouraged to step up and challenge themselves to grow as a leader in the Tasmanian community sector.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery House Museums manager Scott Carlin, who recently completed the program alongside 23 other passionate Tasmanians, said he “relished” the opportunity to improve as a manager and leader.

“I now better understand my personal strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

“Having confidence in my strengths allows me the space to address where I need to develop further in my professional journey.”

Mr Carlin and his fellow participants undertook four workshops over nine-days, which were held across the state.

Mr Carlin said all the participants enjoyed working together.

“The program covers subjects such as defining your own leadership style based on your values, strengthening your community networks, what you can do to strengthen your capacity to lead others and understanding the mechanics of community boards and finances,” he said.

“I would recommend the program to others wholeheartedly.”

In Tasmania, many sectors run on the smell of an oily rag, dependent on community volunteers’ support.

“I look after the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s off-site museums and collections in the regions and I have seen the TCF deliver the greatest possible benefit to regional communities, so this seemed like the program for me,” Mr Carlin said.

The program gives participants the skills that will enable and empower them to make positive contributions as leaders in their community.

TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the program was designed to be practical, creative and engaging, with a particular focus on experiential learning.

“The aim is to deliver an effective leadership program that will benefit the participants, their employers or business and the greater Tasmanian community,” she said.

There is no maximum age requirement for the program, but participants must be at least 18-years-of-age.

“We are hoping for a wide range of emerging Tasmanian leaders to apply for the 2018 program to best represent our state,” Ms Darke said.

“We are particularly keen to hear from rural and regionally-based Tasmanians who want to make a difference in this state.”

To find out more, visit www.emergingcommunityleaders.org

Caption: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery House Museums manager Scott Carlin recently developed his management skills as part of the Tasmanian Community Fund’s ‘Emerging Community Leaders’ program.