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Women in Leadership

Women across the world need to up their game. Research shows that certain default leadership styles and associated behaviours play a significant part in leadership success. This programme offer you the opportunity to consider whether there are qualities and skills unique to one gender or another and if so, what and why? Further, how can society and women themselves dismantle the barriers to women in leadership achievement? How can changing values and life styles have a positive impact on organisational diversity and inclusion policies and practices? The programme takes a close look at successes and failures, together with the challenges women face and practical actions to respond effectively. Joining this one day programme will facilitate your taking your leadership skills to the next level while providing you with a knowledge base to hone specific development opportunities that flow from the day. Lastly, the day offers you to hear from others and learn from their experiences while sharing your own.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

The programme takes a staccato approach to reviewing the full gamut of themes and factors that come together in a comprehensive conversation around ‘women in leadership.’ The lack of progress in gender equality in just about all segments of society remains a huge global challenge. Women still are not making it to the top. In certain sectors this is more stark than other. Statistics show women are often forced to lower the level of ambition or simply ‘escape.’ Highly interactive and participatory exercises offer an active learning opportunity to participants as they explore the issues of women in leadership from 360° perspective. The focus is to equip you with the core facts/knowledge as a springboard for stocking your toolbox, advancing your skills and adopting the attitudes and behaviours to unlock your own potential..

Who should attend?

Any women looking to advance and develop their management and leadership skills.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

The politics of women in leadership
• The statistics and why these matter
• How, where and why gender plays a role
• ‘The Athena Doctrine’ and its consequences
• Common contrasting traits in gender leadership styles

Exercises: An exercise in male and female qualities

The authenticity and ambition challenge
• Confidence building
• Communication questions
• How EQ plays a significant role
• Profile raising with key stakeholders and decision- makers
• Leadership as a set of tangible skills

Challenge: Who are you?

Models and styles of leadership
• A review of the leadership spectrum
• Personal stories and pathways to the present
• Role models and mentors
• Critical qualities and associated skills
• What it will take to fill the gaps

Assessment: Self-assessment exercise and group challenge

Actively approaching the barriers
• External and internal barriers
• Politics, pitfalls, networks; the selection process
• Taking ownership of your career
• Circles of trust and their underpinnings

Activity: What is your way forward?

The way ahead
• Mars or Venus; hot or cool power; associated business sector issues
• How traction is dependent on critical mass
• Learning from key strategies of successful women leaders
• Reaffirming the value proposition of progressing women leaders in all sectors

Activity: Case Studies for personal active learning

Benefits to you

• Affirming women leaders as integral to an inclusive diversity agenda
• Owning your default leadership style and its anticipated consequences
• Discovering research that shows women top men as leaders in 3 critical capability areas
• Drilling down to the differing common traits in men and women and their consequences
• Reflecting on formative years, childhood conditioning, self-perception, influencers, socialization
• Asserting key factors supporting women leader development – from role models to celebrations
• Acknowledging the barriers – just what it is that holds women back
• Listing positive steps to more women in the C-Suite; flagging dangers of some pro-active policies
• Scanning current high profile women leaders towards recognising the top 4 L & D aspirations
• Sharing stories for peer benefit

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3321, or by email at

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