Women in Leadership Program

A popular program for women to support each other and build leadership capability

The objective of this program is to empower women in leadership positions to cultivate their executive presence. Traditionally, women are nurtured into roles as ‘carers and putting others first’ and this program is about ‘unlearning’ some of these default behaviours while, at the same time, learning how to assert themselves and exert influence.

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Example program

Month 1

Traditional roles and gender stereotypes

Looking at the traditional roles of women and how this conditioning has resulted in exclusion from leadership opportunities. Unlearning any ‘conditioned’ responses.

  • Induction
  • Program roadmap
  • Virtual workshop
  • Application tools

Month 2

Why you don’t have to ‘lead like a man’

Discussing the idea of ‘female leadership’ – what are some of the strengths we can embrace as leaders?

  • Clifton-Strengths Diagnostic Tool
  • Virtual workshop
  • Application tools
  • 1:1 coaching

Month 3

Your leadership brand

Developing a ‘leadership brand’ that is authentic and draws on the strengths identified in Month 2.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Guest speaker (authentic female leader)
  • Application tools

Month 4

Getting heard: assertiveness and influencing

Learning how to have influence – to be heard and get your ideas in front of the right people.

  • Virtual workshop
  • Application tools
  • Reflection task (presentation preparation)

Month 5

Building a sustainable, supportive community

Learning how to empower each other as female leaders in an ongoing community of practice, and giving new female leaders in the future a place to access support.

  • Virtual workshop (short presentations from each leader)
  • Community-building application tools
  • Community of Practice


Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. Women who know how to balance the ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ aspects of leadership.

2. Women who know their strengths and how to leverage them.

3. Women who know how to assert themselves and their point of view.

4. Women who can use their influencing style effectively.

5. Women who are confident and comfortable in a range of leadership situations.

Possible Inclusions

1. Program roadmap

2. Induction

3. Welcome box

4. Workshops

5. Activities (e.g. Hackathon)

6. Guest speakers

7. Tools for application

8. Assets (e.g. eLearning, video)

9. Coaching

10. Participant management

Target Audience

Female leaders

Let Thinka Help You

    Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
    Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
    A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
    This program would suit emerging and new executive female leaders and is helping to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions, especially executive leadership positions. Female leaders who participate in this program should be willing to challenge themselves and deliberately seek out opportunities to stretch when applying new skills.

    Hear from past ‘Women in Leadership’ participants

    Recently, we worked on a ‘Women in Leadership’ program with carsales. In this short clip, three participants talk about the impact the ‘Women on the move’ program has made on them both personally and professionally.