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Women in Leadership Coaching Programme – What to expect and what you will gain.

Over the years I’ve been continually developing my own women in leadership coaching programme, based in part on the changing world we live in, and in part on my own personal experiences as a woman in leadership prior to becoming a leadership coach.

In my previous career, by the time I was 30, I was the only woman on an all-male Board of a listed company. I was nervous of course, but my innate drive & ambition saw me through, I knew my subject area inside-out, and frankly – I am quite an assertive, dynamic person, who wasn’t about to be talked over.  But the experience was exhausting at times, having to hold my own, and feeling quite isolated.

But everyone’s different, it doesn’t have to be that way for you – and we must learn to flex our leadership styles & behaviours according to who we are working with, talking to – and what feels authentic to who we are inside.

If you pretend to be someone you’re not – your colleagues will spot it a mile off. This isn’t about pretending or dampening your style but embracing what you have to offer as a leader or manager, leading with your strengths, and working on any blind spots (we all have blind spots don’t worry!)

Women in Leadership Coaching Programme – The Basics

To be a successful woman in leadership you will need 5 basic skills

Knowing your value as a leader

Leadership is a skill that is not easily acquired. It takes time to learn and there are many factors that contribute to being a successful leader. We all know what it feels like to be led by someone who doesn’t have the skills or qualities of leadership.

Communication skills

Communication is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice, so it is important for women to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses when communicating with others.

Resilience skills

The ability to cope with adversity and to recover from setbacks is a crucial characteristic of successful leaders. Those who cope with adversity by learning strategies to overcome these challenges, are more likely to be successful in the long run.

Connecting with people

The importance of connecting with people cannot be overstated. It is the most critical skill that a leader must possess.

It is important to understand how your personal values and beliefs align with the values and beliefs of your employees, customers, and other stakeholders. Alignment in this sense means that people are on the same page about what they want to achieve, how they want to get there, and what it will take to get there.

Winning over hearts and minds

The world has changed. The workplace is no exception. Women are now expected to be leaders, not just followers. They need to be able to lead and inspire their teams with a clear vision, strong communication skills and the ability to motivate others.

Women in Leadership Coaching Programme – The Steps

My women in leadership coaching programme is designed for women who are interested in leadership, who want to be leaders, or who are already leaders. It will help you to identify your strengths and how to use them to succeed in your career.

This program is for you if:

  • You want to explore how you can lead from your authentic self
  • You want practical tools and skills that will help you overcome challenges as a female leader.
Step One – Define What Success Means to You

Success is not an easy thing to define. It means different things to different people. What is important is that we set goals and work towards them.

Many people don’t know what success means to them, and they need a mentor or coach to help them with this. This person can provide guidance, support, and encouragement, but it’s ultimately up to the individual on how they want their life to be.

It’s also important for us to set goals and work towards them if we want our lives to be successful. It doesn’t matter what other people think about our goals as long as we are happy with them.

Step Two – Set Goals for the Future

Set goals for your future, and then break it down into small, manageable steps. We are then able to measure progress and success on the path the reaching your goals.

Step Three – Believe It’s Possible

The third step is to believe it is possible. It’s important to acknowledge the things you can’t do, but also to have faith in your abilities and skills.

It’s important to believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities. Self-belief will help you achieve more, and it will make the process of content creation easier.

You should never underestimate yourself or think that you are not good enough for something. You are capable of achieving anything you want if you put your mind to it!

Women in Leadership Coaching Programme – The Skills

As a woman in leadership, you will need to adapt your mindset and style. Here are just some of the areas I cover – It’s called the ABC’s of women in leadership – Assertiveness, Boldness, Confidence: Owning your leadership journey & embracing your style, and what you offer.

Assertiveness training & skills

Assertiveness training is a way to learn how to communicate your needs, beliefs, and values in a direct and honest way. Assertiveness can be difficult to master at first, but it becomes easier with coaching, practice, and lots of feedback.

Boldness training & skills

Being bold is an important element of leadership. And while women in leadership cannot be expected to rehearse a presentation for the board, that doesn’t mean they cannot develop the skills needed to deliver a presentation with impact.

Confidence training & skills

Overcoming challenges builds a belief in your capacity to act in the ways necessary to reach specific goals, which results in increased confidence. Challenge yourself to have difficult conversations, interact with leadership several layers above you, and share your opinions unequivocally in large meetings. When you overcome your fears and take action, you realise your capabilities are much larger than you imagined. That realisation, combined with a stronger confidence level, will increase originality and creativity going forward.

Finding your voice, and speaking up

Speaking up is hard. But it’s worth it. When you speak, people hear you. And when you’re quiet, people walk all over you. Your voice matters, and so does the way that you use it. So find your voice and use it to say what needs to be said.

A dive into ‘alpha female’ & related concerns

Alpha females are often perceived as strong, capable leaders. However, the perception of alpha females is often a negative one. Alpha females often find themselves in a precarious position when it comes to career advancement. The pressure to be “perfect” can lead to anxiety and depression, which can hinder an alpha female from making the most of their potential. Building alliances & influence across the organisation

Dealing with Imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological term describing an internal experience of intellectual fraudulence. This can be characterised by persistent doubts about one’s own success and achievements, despite evidence of high achievement.

Analysis of your leadership traits according to global benchmarks

Leadership is an integral part of both personal and professional development. Studying leadership traits is a great way to understand how you can improve your own leadership style. By analysing your personality traits, you can get an idea of what type of leader you are and where your successes will be most easily attained.

Becoming accomplished at Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution is a critical skill that every leader needs to develop. It requires patience, empathy and the ability to explore different perspectives. But it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Finding balance & dealing with competing emotions

It is not always easy to find balance in life. I have found that it is important to lead a balanced life. A balance between work and play, between various interests, between family and friends – all of these are necessary for a happy, healthy life. It can be difficult to find the time or energy for this though. I have developed techniques to help you from feeling overwhelmed.

Image, voice, words & body language

Speaking in a lower, authoritative voice and maintaining eye contact when you talk to people, is a good place to start. Solid eye contact when you’re talking shows that you’re comfortable with your opinions and aren’t afraid of others asking you questions; and smiling occasionally will also help you to look friendly and approachable. There are many traits coaching can help you with, but the overarching factor must be to exercise these traits whilst remaining authentic.

How have I helped female leaders before?  

Whether in their current, or new, or first leadership role, I’ve helped women to find their voice & influence at a senior level, build confidence & resilience, embrace assertiveness as an asset to their role, and build alliances, overcoming any organisational & structural barriers.

Using proven tools & techniques, we will understand & analyse your behaviours at work, and define areas that we can improve upon. I have access to data that outlines the key global leadership traits that count today if you want to be successful (for example these include listening, empathy, candour, compassion – a wider selection of leadership traits than in the past) & we will develop a plan to build key skills & techniques.

If you suffer from imposter syndrome, and about 70% of executives will do at some point in their career, I can help you – I’ve been through it myself when I was first leading – and I worked three times as hard to prove I wasn’t an imposter. But it does not have to be this way for you, I can guide you through this situation.  

Many women have often told me that they find balancing competing emotions around wanting a career & balancing that with family life & parenting, emotionally & practically challenging – don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

How can I help you?   

I have a range of Women in Leadership coaching programmes that are tailored to the needs of the individual, these will allow us to address together, very specific challenges.

The first part of this process is to discuss your unique set of circumstances to identify areas in which you excel and areas we can improve, though a confidential and free consultation process. At the end of this consultation process I will create a coaching programme, tailored to your specific needs.

Depending on your unique set of circumstances, your tailored coaching programme could be very short and be accomplished in a few coaching sessions. In other cases, more development may be required over a longer period.  

The first step in this process is by booking a free, no obligation call with me.

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Your first call is obligation free, confidential and completely free of charge

The first step in your development journey is getting a professional assessment on the what practical steps you can take to develop and improve your skillset, mindset and prospects. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a women’s leadership program?

Women’s Leadership Programs are programs that offer leadership development and management training to women. These programs help women to learn the skills and competencies needed to become leaders in their organisations.

Women’s Leadership Programs are designed for women who want to learn more about their own leadership style and how they can maximise their potential as a leader. They also provide skills that are helpful in managing others, such as communication, collaboration, and delegation.

Who has launched the women’s Leadership Development Program?

The Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) is a group that is dedicated to providing women with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead.

The Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) was founded in 2003 by a group of successful women who wanted to give back to the community and empower other women. The WLP offers leadership development programs for women, which teach them how to maximise their potential and become effective leaders.

Why is women’s leadership development important?

Women’s leadership development programs provide women with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to lead in a way that is authentic, collaborative, and inclusive. These programs are important because they give women the opportunity to grow their leadership skillset in an environment that embraces their different perspectives.

A study by McKinsey & Company found that the lack of women in leadership positions has a negative impact on female employees, who are more likely to leave their job when they don’t see other women in leadership positions.

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