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Higher Education Women's Leadership Workshop

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Women equate to 57 percent of staff in tertiary education within Australia; however, they hold only around 30 percent of leadership positions. The benefits of diversity are well known therefore imperative to identify catalysts that will redress gender inequality within the workplace. Leading and managing in the evolving Education environment brings challenges few other professions experience. In this constantly evolving sector, authentic and resilient leadership in the face of change is pivotal to success. In order to lead individuals and teams effectively, it is essential that leaders understand and capitalise on their unique strengths, whilst still aligning their approach with the framework and values of their specific organisation.

This workshop focuses on allowing existing and aspiring female leaders to be more aware of the way they exercise leadership and its impact upon others. Participants will be encouraged to think about their organisation holistically and to understand the opportunities and avenues in which they can be effective change agents. Expert facilitation will allow delegates to explore the unique skills required to lead effectively in Education. Practical and interactive sessions will equip delegates with the strategies and techniques to enable them to reach their full potential, to pursue their chosen career path and to achieve success.
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• Recognise your key unique strengths as a leader
• Understand how to exercise leadership and the impact it has upon others
• Gain an insight into alternative leadership styles that will enable you to maintain authenticity
• Identify different techniques that will aid strategic communication and relationships
• Recognise and overcome conscious and unconscious gender bias
• Generate a professional network of sponsors and mentors to maximise your professional opportunities
• Develop skills for self-promotion and accelerated career progression
• Discuss Women in Leadership on both an Australia-centric and global level
• Build a personal leadership plan
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Advocates, Decision Makers and Emerging Leaders in Education – in both academic and management / governance positions including:

• Professors / Associate Professors / Academics / Researchers
• Lecturers / Senior Lecturers
• Deans / Heads of School / Faculty
• Management / University or ITP Governance
• Women’s Leadership Program Managers
• Human Resources / Diversity
• Education Policy / Government
• School Business Management / Principal / Heads of Department

16 February 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Finding the leader within - Building and developing an authentic leadership skill set and strategies for career progression

Stepping into a leadership role is an important and exciting part of career progression. However, it is a major transition that usually requires a completely new skill set. Higher education professionals are often promoted into leadership roles based on their value as a team member. Conversely these skills that allowed them to excel as a team member do not align with those of a successful leader. As a result, emerging leaders must assess and develop their leadership skill set. 

With so many inspirational female leaders in higher education, it is easy for aspiring leaders to mimic leadership traits they find attractive. However, it is imperative for them to define their own unique leadership style, building on their strengths and acknowledging their weaknesses. As both an academic and corporate leader in higher education, it is not uncommon for leaders to put a surplus emphasis on their technical knowledge, rather than focusing on their leadership skill set. Although it is important to have an up to date understanding of their discipline, managers looking to progress must invest in the development of the skills and strategies necessary to self lead and effectively lead teams.

In today’s workplace, female leaders face many challenges and demands. These can prevent them from using the opportunity of reflection to reflect on our role, actions, experiences, results and the opportunities before them. This workshop will empower and inspire emerging leaders to invest time and thought into reviewing and committing to their leadership potential. This aims to enable participants to bring more of their authentic selves to the way they lead. 

Developing self-awareness and authenticity 
- Values-based leadership; what it means to be an authentic leader 
- Identifying your key strengths and potential derailers as a leader 
- Identifying how best to utilise your optimal leadership style within the context of your organisation 

High level communication, influence and negotiation
- Managing emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships
- Developing techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”
- Preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence  

Developing self and others with “reflective leadership”
- Clarifying the benefits of reflective practice in leadership
- Developing the skills and capacity for reflective practice
- Using reflective practice to influence the quality of the culture through the quality of relationships

Strategic career progression 
- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan 
- Maximising existing relationships and networks and building new ones for professional opportunities
- Skills and approaches in managing your image and visibility without feeling you are “selling yourself
Lisa Baker - Executive Coach Consultant
Kaleidoscope Consulting

17 February 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Stepping up as a leader: Driving change and managing a team through crisis

Leading and managing in Higher Education brings challenges few other professions experience. In this constantly evolving sector, the ability to provide visionary and innovative strategic leadership is essential. Higher education leaders have the opportunity to drive positive workplace culture, improve staff engagement, and implement innovative change. Executed successfully, this can create heightened productivity among students and staff, resulting in improvements to the bottom line and satisfied stakeholders. However, in order to do so, leaders must develop strategies to effectively influence under pressure and manage a team through turbulent times.

In higher education, where gender diversity is still an issue at the executive level, women leaders play an important role in leading transformation, facilitating transitions and driving high performance. While change may be different from one scenario to another, understanding the key skill-set of a change leader will enable female leaders to drive team performance in diverse situations and emerge as an influential leader.

This interactive workshop will focus on providing leaders with the tools they need to tackle adversity and lead change. Expert facilitation and encouraged interactivity will allow delegates to explore the unique skills required to lead a team effectively and add value to their university. Practical and interactive sessions will equip delegates with the strategies and techniques that will enable them to drive change, lead a team through crisis and take their leadership to the next level. Explore:

Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance
- Leveraging team dynamics to enhance performance
- Challenging, supporting and empowering others
- Managing uncooperative staff members

Driving change and innovation as a female leader
- Recognising and overcoming hurdles to change
- Trusting your intuition and stepping outside your comfort zone
- Influencing positive change culture in an organisation

Remaining productive in a crisis
- Building resilience to thrive under pressure
- Supporting your team and engaging others to deliver 
- Debriefing after crisis - providing and accepting feedback

Action planning for leadership
- Developing a personalised approach: short and long term 
- Understanding challenges
- Sharing approached
Professor Ann Brewer - Dean
University of Newcastle, Sydney
Lisa Baker
Executive Coach Consultant
Kaleidoscope Consulting
Professor Ann Brewer
University of Newcastle, Sydney
Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne‎
Phone: +61 3 ­­9250 1888
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC
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