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Women into Leadership

The proportion of women in key leadership roles remains low in some parts of the University and this programme is one way of supporting women to plan and prepare for such roles. The programme also offers an opportunity for women who are new to a leadership role to explore specific gender based issues which may be impacting on their role as leaders.

The programme is an opportunity to differentiate between gender issues and the organisational context and explore what needs to change in University practices to enable women to advance.

The content has been designed to complement the leadership and management development opportunities already offered through Staff Learning and Development.

The programme has been designed specifically for women who are either:

  • Experienced academic/research/PS managers aspiring to a leadership role
  • New to a leadership role including those in a senior specialist role where they are expected to influence senior colleagues without formal authority.

Programme Outline

The programme will consist of the following elements:

  • Four half day workshops
  • One group coaching session
  • On-line supporting materials

Programme Content

Workshop One - The Nature of Leadership

  • Explore the nature of leadership in HE – is there a prevailing leadership style?
  • Review the skills of formal and informal leadership
  • Consider how gender messages impact on a leader’s behaviour
  • Develop your leadership purpose and presence

Workshop Two - Confidence and Communication

  • Develop strategies for building confidence as a leader
  • Assertive communication techniques
  • Recognising and managing Imposter Syndrome

Workshop Three - Politics and Power

  • Discuss the organisational context – exploring the culture of the University and ‘how things get done around here’
  • Consider how to navigate and instigate change in the University environment
  • Understand different sources of power and how to use them effectively

Workshop Four - Influence

  • Exploring the elements of credibility
  • Reviewing the traits of influential people
  • A model for adopting a systematic approach to influencing

Group Coaching Session

  • Developing your leadership career


To apply for this programme please click HERE.