ME AS A LEADER
No-one can lead anyone without first being able to lead themselves. During Day 1 we will explore who you really are to provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to be the very best leader you can be.
Welcome and Introductions
- Meet your Course Director and all the wonderful women who will be sharing their stories and successes with you during the course. Well also be looking at the course sessions, exclusively designed and developed for Euromoney, and what you most want to take from them so that the time you invest meets your special requirements and gives you real practical value that you can apply back at work.
The Leadership Challenge
- Identify and explore your personal leadership challenge in the context of the challenges facing every leader in all walks of life. To be a leader is a state of mind as well as an attitude to life.
Your Personal Style as a Leader
- Your personal leadership style will be identified by a pre-work questionnaire. During examination of the results - as a group and in pairs - we will discover layers of information about you and your style of working. Through this process you will discover how to get results and create trusting relationships with ease.
Learning to Listen as Leaders
- This is more than everyday listening. We will use role-playing to make listening one of your key skills for effective leadership. Listening represents an opportunity for you to learn, to engage and to build loyalty and respect.
- Bring your current leadership headaches for a cure through small group discussion. These become mini case-studies for the group to apply its collective wisdom and experience and provide a range of possible solutions - or at least, next steps forward...
Evening Workshop: Leadership Presence
- We all admire the stage presence of actors and know there is a leadership equivalent. We will be joined by Didi Hopkins, a remarkable woman who coaches actors in West End theatres and corporate leaders all over the world, so that you too can practise how to walk into a room, speak out and command attention. This is a non-stop, high-energy, challenging session that is also huge fun to engage in.
LEADERSHIP ISSUES FOR WOMEN
There are many issues that are faced mainly by women in the workplace and these are always magnified in the context of a leadership role. This is the theme of the day. We will take advantage of being an all-women group to address these often unspoken concerns and look for positive ways to handle them.
Gender and Leadership
- There are many myths about women as leaders - are they true or false? We are going to have a formal debate and find out what we all think. We'll also look through the glass ceiling and over the glass cliff - only this time well do it through learning the art of dialogue.
Work - Home Integration
- Achieving a practical work-home balance often seems impossible! How can we integrate our complex lives rather than endlessly trying to juggle all their separate dimensions? A creative group exercise will help you explore alternative and find strategies that work for you.
Maintaining Peak Performance
- In a high-profile leadership role, you are always in the spotlight - there isnt any downtime. Youll need to develop ways of managing your time and energy that work for you to be self-sustaining. Here youll be introduced to several tactics to become stress-proof and also practice some mindfulness techniques to boost your resilience - for all those demands at home as well as work!
The Leader as Coach, Sponsor and Mentor
- Developing the talent pipeline and bringing on high-potential individuals is central to good leadership. As management guru, Warren Bennis, has said leaders create leaders - this session addresses how we do can do this and then goes further to ask how we ensure the result achieves a fair gender balance?
- Another opportunity for you to tap into the wisdom of the group for more ideas and maybe answers to the people, processes or policies that limit your effectiveness. Small group discussion.
Evening Workshop: Personal Branding
- Do you have an identifiable personal brand that is recognisable and consistently lives up to its promise? Are you a trusted leader who looks the part and delivers the goods? Here we will be joined by Carol Doughty, an expert in the field, who will advise you on how to build and project a brand that is authentic to you. Carol will help you maximise your impact, build your credibility, look good and perform better! You will radiate success.
Most people aspire to leadership positions so that they can make a difference. This day will be dedicated to how you can make a real impact through having clarity about what you want, why you want it and how you can make it happen.
Making Your Mark
- Being a significant player in the senior team requires a personal agenda that is aligned to that of the organisation as a whole. Working hard just isnt enough. You also have to work (and lead) smart. Leaders set the direction and motivate people to follow them over the horizon and into the future. To take your colleagues with you and leave a positive legacy requires clarity, especially with regard to the intangibles that will form the solid basis for your success.
- Purpose - give meaning and satisfaction to your work by discovering your own and your organisations purpose - what are you here for? We will do this through in-depth discussion in pairs.
- Vision - inspire your people with a compelling picture of the future. Through guided visualisation and a creative exercise youll be able to sharpen up your vision of where you really want to go and why.
- Values - let people know what to expect from you by identifying the key values that drive your decisions. Here youll work through a simple card-sort exercise to sort the non-negotiables from the rest.
- Culture - create an environment that supports and empowers the people who work with you to get great results every time. Using the culture web exercise you will analyse your existing culture and identify where change is needed to reach your desired culture
Being a Role Model
- Sixty-five percent of professional women see the absence of female role models as a significant barrier to their success - you owe it to them to play your part and we give you the five keys to becoming a successful role model for other women.
- All the research tells us that, despite being better educated than men, women just dont get the top jobs as often as they should. When they do, they rarely achieve the critical mass needed to change the thinking in the Boardroom. How can we change this? By all playing our part in supporting women to fulfil their potential. We discuss how this is done in different parts of the world to gain perspective on how you can best do it in your own country.
- This small group activity enables you to discuss further the issues you brought with you and the application of new learning from the course back to your workplace.
The most important skill for all leaders is the ability to communicate clearly and confidently in all situations and at all levels. The three most important determinants of successful communication are your skills, your strategy and your style. We address all three. We have already practised the skills of listening, discussion, dialogue and debate - today we turn to inspirational speaking. But, before you even open your mouth, there are several important things to consider...
Power and Politics
- Most women have an aversion both to taking up their full power and behaving politically. Is this you? In this session you will find out how to make the most of your seven sources of power, recognise the positive value of political behaviour and lay to rest the spectre of impostor syndrome.
Strategies for Influence
- To be successful in leadership you need to be influential. Influence strategies exist and here youll be introduced to the most effective ones you can use to get what you want. Crucial to these strategies are the other players so youll work through a case study with a stakeholder mapping tool that you can then apply to your own situation and devise your own strategic plan.
- Do you dread public speaking or love it? Either way, youll get expert input on how to engage and inspire your audience - whoever they are and whether in formal or informal settings. You choose the situation and, working in small groups, well all help you to make it inspirational. Youll learn how to structure a good talk, use professional speech-writing tactics and overcome anxiety. You will practise what you have written, exchange feedback and get some coaching.
Personal Leadership Development Commitments
- As we come to the end of these four action-packed days, it will be time to reflect on the big priorities for you to apply back at work. Youll decide these during some personal quiet time and then join your small group for a reality check and fine tuning so that you can be confident of the actions to which you commit yourself. This is also the time to consider your on-going development as a leader and the areas to which you will be paying special attention in the future.
Finally, it will be time to say goodbye. The impressive international leaders that you first met only four days ago will now be new friends with whom you can stay connected. The end of the course will not be the end of your leadership journey. Indeed, that journey will have just begun.
Women in Leadership is an exciting new course that focusses on talented and experienced women, like you, discovering the leader within in order to bring those qualities to life so that you become a powerful and respected leader in the service of your organisation.
This course will help you turn yourself into the leader that youve always dreamed of being.
Take charge of your future and join us in London - make this your leadership development year!
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