Virtual Women in Leadership Development Programme

Start date: 16-04-2021

End date: 16-04-2022

Time: 9.30am to 5pm

Location(s): Zoom

Next Date: 14-05-2021

Our Workshops

Virtual Women in Leadership Development Programme

Bring your Authentic Self to your Leadership Style

“Women lead best when operating from an authentic place, expressing their true self as experienced from within” (Judith Blanton, 2009).

Our women in leadership programmes are specifically designed with the female leader in mind. We place an emphasis on the personal development side of leadership, inviting participants to gain increased awareness around their strengths, values and needs. We explore the underlying challenges and personal barriers that typically hold women back at work and support participants in developing their knowledge and skills to overcome these barriers in a way that is authentic to their personal strengths and values.

In our experience, the consistent themes that emerge for women at all career stages include Imposter syndrome; Perfectionism; Stress Management; Self-promotion; Self-confidence; Managing Career and Family priorities. Our experience is supported by various research studies.

Research also shows that social conditioning is a factor that influences differences in male and female leadership styles. The research suggests that men are more self-oriented, while women are more community-focused (Forbes 2000). With increased self-awareness and awareness of the organisational system and dynamics, a leader is better equipped to make intentional choices around their style, desired impact and appropriate approach.

Participants will develop goal plans as part of the programme and will be encouraged to maintain their goal plans between workshops. Reflection is a key step in adult learning and for this reason we invite participants to keep a reflection diary.

Express Your Interest

    Reserve Your Place

      Workshop 1: Setting the Stage for Leadership Development and Group Formation

      Workshop One is about setting the group up for success by getting to know each other better and putting the foundations in place that create psychological safety. We will explore our shared ‘whys’ for the group, set group and individual objectives and agree ways of working. We will continue to foster the group dynamic throughout the programme.

      We will use our Norris & Fay Leadership Framework as a guide to explore what leadership means. We will also explore what the leadership ‘step-up’ is to frontline management & how the roles differ in responsibilities and focus and what skills are transferable. We introduce models for Goal Setting, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Group Formation
      • Getting to know ourselves and others in the group
      • Goal planning
      • Wrap-up and Close

      Workshop 2: Developing Individual Leadership Presence and Impact

      “Being authentic doesn’t create leadership greatness. The foundation of leadership and business success is built on the usual combination of vision, intellect, guts, performance, hard work, and influence. But for women, authenticity appears to be the catalyst that leverages all of the positive leadership attributes and brings them to bear more quickly and effectively on the organisation. Authenticity is the accelerator” (Blanton, 2009).

      Workshop Two focuses on developing a deeper understanding of emotional needs, drivers and

      values. This is the foundation to understanding ourselves and from here we can understand what

      is authentic for us as female leaders.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Leadership Presence and Impact
      • Understanding and Working with our ‘Inner Critic’
      • Unconscious bias
      • Personal Values
      • Wrap-up and Close

      Workshop 3: Developing Self and Others

      Workshop Three explores the role of the leader in developing themselves and others and developing

      competence in performance management. We provide a useful model to help participants understand how they can reduce interference to performance in themselves and others.

      Developing self and others implies change. Using a research-based framework we will explore the

      stages of change we need to go through to achieve behavioural change.

      We will explore the role of on-going quality conversations as a key skill set for middle managers to inspire and motivate others and foster a growth mindset culture.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Developing your Role as a Leader
      • Key Leadership Skills for Quality Conversations
      • How we present and managing perceptions
      • Managing performance in self and others
      • Wrap-up and Close

      Workshop 4: Building and Leading Effective Teams

      Workshop Four is about building and leading effective teams. We will explore the dynamics that exist in teams and organisations and how managers can navigate these more effectively. Participants will develop an understanding of the dynamics at play in the organisational system and how they can manifest as so called ‘personality’ issues. Drawing on a research-based team development model, participants will learn the six conditions that account for 60% of team effectiveness.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Building and Leading Effective Teams
        • Stages of Team Development
        • Creating the conditions for success
        • Psychological Safety
        • A Systems Perspective
        • Virtual Teams
      • The Dynamics of Conflict
      • Wrap-up and Close

      Workshop 5: Developing your Personal Brand and Presenting Effectively

      Workshop Five focuses on the importance of actively managing our professional image and the role our personal brand has in our career and leadership effectiveness. Reflection is an important aspect of learning and one that is often skipped over. We encourage reflection throughout the programme. At this workshop, participants will reflect on their leadership development journey as input into their presentation at the final workshop.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Building blocks of Communication
      • Developing your Personal Brand
      • Telling your Story
      • Presentations Skills
      • Wrap-up and Close

      Workshop 6: Influencing and Relationships across the Organisational System. Reflection and next steps in your leadership journey.

      Workshop Six explores the importance of developing and maintaining strategic relationships across the organisational system. Whereas women tend to have strong social networks, research shows that within the workplace women tend not to be as effective as their male colleagues in forging business connections. Rather than being recognised as a core skill for achieving career success, women tend to believe that their performance will speak for itself.

      Workshop Six is also about endings and new beginnings. Endings are often skipped over, yet they are an

      important stage in relationships. Participants will present on their personal Leadership Journey and the group will reflect on their learnings and how they will bring these back to the organisation.


      • Setting the Scene
      • Relationship building across and beyond the organisation
      • Individual Presentations on ‘Your Leadership Journey’
      • Bringing the learning back to the organisation
      • Programme wrap-up and Close

      Certificates of attendance will be provided.

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