Leadership Skills for Women

One Day • Instructor-Led

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.

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

Lesson 1: Course Overview

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives

Lesson 2: Women and the Workforce

  • Learning from our History
  • Brands of leadership style and success

Lesson 3: Barriers and Benefits to Women’s Leadership

  • Barriers vs. Benefits
  • Improving Self-Management through Reflection

Lesson 4: Social and Emotional Intelligence

  • Defining Emotional Intelligence
  • Five Social and Emotional Competencies

Lesson 5: Self-Awareness

  • Understanding Self-Awareness
  • Determining strengths and abilities

Lesson 6: Developing Leadership Awareness and Brand

  • Creating and Selling Your Brand
  • Making Connections
  • Selling and Screening your Brand and Ideas

Lesson 7: Leadership Skills

  • Identifying Relationship Skills
  • Identifying Leadership Skills

Lesson 8: Making Good Decisions

  • Ingredients of a Good Decision
  • Good Decision – Poor Decision
  • Decision Wheel Method

Lesson 9: Creating Your Workplace Philosophy

  • Philosophy Statement

Lesson 10: Workshop Wrap-Up

  • Q&A
  • Individual Action Plan