Course outline: women in leadership - foundation skills

Great leaders motivate, inspire and empower their teams. However, women in leadership positions may face a number of challenges as they do this. In many organisations, the first challenge is simply gaining visibility and credibility. The next is addressing systemic or cultural factors which block success. Learn how to deal with those challenges and perform at your peak. Discover how to power up your credibility and influence, without getting your people offside. Get tips on building engagement and motivation in your team. Find out how to shape a positive leadership ‘brand’. This is a practical workshop, in which emerging female leaders can set the foundations for success.

Topics you’ll cover

  • Introduction to women in leadership
  • Establishing your credibility as a leader
  • Creating a compelling vision
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Motivating and engaging your people
  • Creating positive team dynamics

What you’ll learn in this course

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

  • Speak and behave in ways that build your credibility as a leader
  • Avoid common pitfalls which women encounter when they break the glass ceiling and enter leadership roles
  • Build a vision which will keep you – and your team – motivated and inspired
  • Shift from ‘follower’ to ‘leader’ mode when communicating
  • Use strengths theory to bring out the best in your people (and yourself!)
  • Track and shift group dynamics, so you can build a healthy team or business culture
  • Complete a gender and leadership assessment, so you can pinpoint your strengths and development goals as female leader

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.

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.