WOMEN WITH PURPOSE: LEADING BOLDLY AND WITH AUTHENTICITY
Leading boldly is not a problem for a lot of women. Leading with purpose, boldly and with authenticity is sometimes difficult to achieve, especially in male-dominated professions and workplaces. Obstacles still often include systemic discrimination, cultural barriers, and patronising and sexist attitudes, all of which make it harder for us to achieve our full potential. Sometimes, complex and challenging environments cause us to use tactics such as being ‘beige’ to blend in or hiding our womanhood behind power suits. Why are we afraid to ‘lead like a woman’? In this workshop you will learn how to step up, own your space, use your voice, and be heard. The workshop is interactive, providing opportunities for self-reflection, exploring strategies to ‘be what you can’t see’, and developing your own game-plan to leading authentically. Importantly, this workshop will give you the opportunity to reclaim yourself and have confidence in your leadership style, ability and impact.
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- Identifying your current leadership style. Is it working? What is your vision?
- Understanding the key qualities and characteristics of authentic leaders – what makes them stand out and what is holding you back?
- Introduction to the ‘Be what you can’t see’ model – the framework and five key strategies for discovering and leveraging authentic female leadership
- Learn how to embrace opportunities, encouraging a growth mindset and building resilience
- Defining your purpose and aligning your leadership style
- Taking action - creating your own game-plan for developing and sustaining your authenticity in leadership
Jen Wittwer, CSM
International Consultant, Mentor, Coach, Author and Founder of
Jen is a retired military officer, with experience in maritime logistics and strategic human resource, in particular, leading people through organisational change, large-scale cultural and workplace reform, and implementing contemporary and gender-sensitive policies and initiatives. Over the past fifteen years she has developed and implemented workplace behaviour education programs, women’s leadership, mentoring and network programs, and national and international commitments on the role of women’s participation, representation and leadership in peace and security efforts.
Jen has worked with government, non-government and international organisations, academics, think-tanks, armed forces and police services to mainstream gender into security sector polices, processes, systems, and education and training. She has personally coached and mentored women in this sector to lead more effectively and confidently. She has been recognized in this capacity as the 2018 Canberra Business in Women Mentor of the Year, as well as a finalist in the 2014 and 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence, and 2011 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Jen brings her own leadership experiences to all aspects of her work, and is an internationally recognised expert, author and speak on gender issues. She is a non-executive director on the board of the International Women’s Development Agency, an Ambassador for Women in Business Awards of Australia, and published her first book, Against the Wind, in March 2020.
Jen has Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Leadership, and Resource Management, and Graduate Certificates in Management Studies, Administration, and Gender, Peace and Security. In 2020, she is enrolled in a Master of International Development at University of Canberra. She is also a Credentialed Practitioner of Coaching.
09:00 – 10:00 Empowering women leaders – what is your leadership style and is it working for you?
10:00 – 11:00 Authentic leadership – the importance of purpose, self-awareness, growth mindset and resilience. Explore what it means to you
11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea
11:30 – 12:30 The ‘Be What You Can’t See’ model – discovering and leveraging unique authentic leadership style
12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Key tools: Self-promotion, personal branding, networking and mentoring. Why do these matter?
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:30 – 17:00 Create your game-plan to be the change you want to see