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Women and Leadership: Owning Your Strengths and Skills

Women and Leadership: Owning Your Strengths and Skills


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Course Overview

Women have a long-standing history in the workforce, in all roles from front-line worker to visionary founder, influential behind-the-scenes patron to front-and-center CEO. As women, however, what are the influences, barriers and benefits to our leadership? Do we use or even acknowledge our strengths and skills?

This is a time of great change in the workforce, in part because of the increase in numbers and influence of women in the workplace. Flex time, daycare and caregiver support, and telecommuting are a few examples of workplace initiatives that benefit everyone, but evolved primarily due to the roles and influence of women who are often juggling multiple home, workplace, and community responsibilities. However, there are some areas in which women could still be more visible and vocal.

This course will explore the history of women in the workforce and offer personal opportunities for exploration, identification, and development of leadership strengths and skills.

Learning Objectives

This one-day workshop will help you teach participants:

  • Understand a brief history and evolution of women and leadership
  • Recognize barriers to women’s leadership and how to handle them
  • Learn how to use barriers to create benefits
  • Define Social and Emotional Intelligence and understand its importance in
    workplace leadership
  • Understand the importance of Self-Awareness in identifying and owning your own
    strengths and skills
  • Develop a basic vision and brand for your leadership
  • Understand the essential leadership skills for women
  • Examine steps and skills to good decision-making
  • Create your own Workplace Philosophy Statement and Action Plan

Course Outline

You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.

Women and the Workforce

This session will present to your students a brief history of workplace evolution and they will study some women who demonstrated their own brands of leadership style and success. They will then learn basic types of workplace leaders and begin the process of self-identification.

Barriers and Benefits to Women’s Leadership

Here, your students are going to learn about barriers: how to identify them, work with them, and how to turn them into benefits that can strengthen their leadership.

Social and Emotional Intelligence

In this session, learners will survey the history of Social and Emotional theory and be introduced to the five Social and Emotional Competencies. They will reflect on examples of good social and emotional intelligence examples from their own experiences.


Students will use their own reflections and assessments from others to reflect on their strengths and abilities.

Developing Leadership Awareness and Brand

This session is going to introduce ways to identify and develop a personal brand and ‘sell’ it to those who can use your students’ skills to help generate the projects and future they want.

Leadership Skills

This is where students will learn ways in which women can deliver unique forms of leadership, and how best to maximize the benefits.

Making Good Decisions

Here, students will learn a number of tips they can use to make better decisions and some of the common decision traps. They will also be introduced to the Decision Wheel as a tool in good decision-making.

Creating Your Workplace Philosophy

This final workshop session encourages students to develop a Philosophy Statement and gather other components necessary to draft an Individual Action Plan.

Workshop Wrap-Up

At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.

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