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.

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.