‘Influencing Large Organisations as an Outsider’: Presentation to Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program


Albury-Wodonga is blessed with many young people doing great things for the community, not just in academia but across a range of industries and interest areas.

On Wednesday 29th August 2012 I was invited to give a presentation to talented local young people in the Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program on the topic of influencing large organisations as an outsider. The talk covered the concepts of power and leverage, the pro’s and con’s of trying to influence an organisation from within as opposed to from outside, contrasting the different levels of leverage and freedom of action open to both.

Download Presentation: ‘Ben Habib – Exerting Influence as an Outsider

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Now in its fourth year, the Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program focusses on leadership development through skills sessions, guest speakers, training opportunities, creating an individual development plan for each participant, one-on-one mentoring, community projects, developing new networks and support from the program co-ordinator.

The program aims to provide opportunities to further develop the leadership skills of participants, focussing on particular areas including…

  • Decision-making;
  • Leadership;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • Effective communication;
  • Influencing others;
  • Being an agent for positive change;
  • Project management;
  • Displaying initiative;
  • Building relationships with community leaders, professionals and other members of the public.

My heartfelt thanks go to Wodonga Council youth services officer Anthony Nicholson for his invitation to speak to the Youth Leadership Program and all of his excellent work in nurturing young talent in the Wodonga area, as well as the group participants for their warm welcome and enthusiastic contributions during the session. The group have put together four well thought out projects that each fills an important niche in the Wodonga community.

For more information on the Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program, contact Anthony Nicholson, Phone: (02) 6022 9703, Email: anicholson@wodonga.vic.gov.au.


Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga. Ben is an internationally published scholar with research and teaching interests including the political economy of North Korea’s nuclear program, East Asian security, international politics of climate change. He also teaches in Australian politics and Chinese studies. Ben undertook his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He is an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation and has worked previously for Flinders University, the University of South Australia, and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. He has spent time teaching English in Dandong, China, and has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. Ben is involved with local community groups Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and Albury-Wodonga Ecoportal.


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