Stories of Leadership & Governance

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In 2024, the Positive Leadership Development Institute will offer a new training opportunity in governance and leadership. The training will be dynamic, interactive and participatory, drawing on the lived experience, insights and perspectives of the training group in a big way. There will be some ‘chalk and talk’ training on governance and leadership basics, but the rest of the training will consist of discussing the narratives you can find in this module. Reading all the narratives is mandatory for participation in the in-person training.

About the narrative

There are three levels to the narrative:

  • The organisational story — introducing ‘The Central Territory AIDS Action Council’ (CTAAC)
  • The community story — about the communities CTAAC engages with and their experience of HIV
  • The personal story — about your potential contribution to CTAAC and its governance

A good narrative is more than a scenario — it has a plot. Things happen, conflict arises and reaches a climax.

To make this really obvious, each of the stories is divided into stages:

  • Setting the scene
  • Rising action and conflict
  • Plot climax

You have nine segments to read, from setting the scene to the plot climax. They are not long, but you need to read all of them in sequence.

The story in the final stage — resolution — depends on the answers you give to the ‘what now?’ questions we ask in the preceding segments.

Discussing the narratives

During the in-person training, when we discuss each segment of the narrative, we will be asking four questions each time:

  1. What happened? — naming and describing what’s going on
  2. Why did it happen? — explanations of what’s happening
  3. So what? — what is the significance of the events in the narrative?
  4. What now? — what would you recommend we do in response?

You might like to keep your own notes for each narrative segment on what’s happening, why, so what, and what now.

Download the narrative workbook here:


The events in these stories are based on real experiences but they don’t describe any current Australian or New Zealand HIV organisations. (We have changed details to avoid identifying particular events and organisations and communities.) CTAAC is a composite of practices and tendencies common in all community organisations and does not represent the HIV sector specifically. We have taken this approach so you can share your experiences in relation to a fictional organisation without criticising (and being liable for defaming) any real person or group.