Course outline: Women in leadership - advanced skills

Women with vision and purpose are stepping into leadership roles in record numbers. As they progress, they’re facing a new set of challenges. Thriving beyond the glass ceiling requires political acumen, resilience and the ability to craft lasting change. That’s what you’ll learn to do in this course for experienced female leaders. Learn to lead with impact and confidence. Discover how easy it can be to clear your schedule of low-impact activities or meetings. Get tips for overcoming imposter syndrome, achieving results through other people and managing tandem careers in your personal life. Discuss techniques for building a dynamic business culture. Hone your negotiation skills so you can influence, persuade and drive a great deal. Take charge of your own destiny, as well as the future of your team or business.

Topics you’ll cover

  • Challenging myths about women in leadership
  • Handling 'glass ceiling' issues
  • Shaping organisational culture
  • Becoming a savvy negotiator

What you’ll learn in this course

By the end of this course, you should be able to achieve these results.

  • Maintain your focus, clarity and resilience under pressure
  • Eliminate habits which lead to burnout, so you can work strategically and lead with intention
  • Drive positive culture change in your business
  • Build a pathway for emerging female leaders in your organisation
  • Design solutions for your real-life challenges as a leader in the age of ‘supposed equality’
  • Power up your negotiation skills

About the course facilitator

Eleanor Shakiba is a positive psychology trainer and success coach. Her training style is dynamic and bold, with a dash of quirky humour. She believes that interaction, activity and experimentation promote learning. That’s why she uses experiential training techniques instead of ‘chalk and talk’ lectures.

In her early career, Eleanor ran an educational theatre company. In the mid 1990s, Eleanor discovered her passion for facilitation and adult education. She worked for ten years as a trainer and facilitator at the University of Sydney. In 2006, she founded Think Learn Succeed – a business which delivers training courses and coaching. Eleanor loves working with ‘positive deviants’. These are people who differ from the norm in constructive ways. They’re people who think, talk and behave in ways that change the world. Eleanor works with positive deviants to create vibrant business cultures and peak performance.

Eleanor is qualified in Social Anthropology, Adult Education, Counselling and Positive Psychology. She delights in helping professionals learn skills for success in the real world, using interactive learning techniques. Her students describe Eleanor as ‘a lively and enthusiastic presenter who can keep you engaged for hours.’ Her tools of choice are positive psychology, experiential learning and storytelling. She’s a bit of a photography fan, too. If you’re a visual learner, you’ll love her slides.

Creativity is Eleanor’s signature strength. She loves using it to write books, video scripts and online training programs. Eleanor is the author of Difficult People Made Easy and is currently writing her second book, 6 Habits of Savvy Female Negotiators. She has also created over 120 training programs and a range of online learning courses.

What women say about Eleanor Shakiba’s courses on leadership development

"Very useful. I have gained skills and techniques for dealing with different situations in my new workplace and I can use these skills at home, too."

Patsy Skinner
University of New England

"Great course. Engaging delivery, articulated in a way that will stick and resonate. Good balance of theory and practical. Subject matter expert. Conducive learning environment. Well done!"

The Sydney Collective

"Valuable opportunity to take time out and refresh my approach as well as learn new strategies. Great to work with peers."

Annisa Probets
The Iconic

"Some great research foundations coupled with practical advice and solutions. Thank you."

Kylie Willment


Get started now!

Book this program for your team. Choose a delivery format that fits your needs. Your options include running a workshop for your team, enrolling in a public workshop, or one-to-one coaching with Eleanor Shakiba.