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About the course

his new program is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society. It provides established women leaders with the opportunity to invest in themselves, and transform the way that they lead, influence and innovate in organisations and challenging contexts.

Tailored to high-achieving women in both the public and private sectors, the program curriculum is highly integrated and provides an exceptional opportunity to learn from globally recognised faculty and experts in transformational leadership, power, influence, negotiations, strategy and innovation. Our School’s unique ability to bring together a cohort of talented and senior women will create an environment for participants to learn with each other and form a powerful and supportive network.

Learning outcomes

The Women in Leadership Program will enable you to take your skills to the next level. You will emerge with a stronger ability to:

  • Lead for growth, using financial acumen, design thinking and a compelling impact narrative.
  • Manage relationships up, down and sideways – understanding the roles of authenticity, trust, influence and resilience at a team and individual level.
  • Navigate the ‘double bind’ of getting your voice heard without alienating others and use influence strategies that offer the best ability to achieve your objectives.
  • Drive outcomes through the use of skilful negotiation tactics inside and outside your organisations
  • Manage your physical and mental well-being in the context of your career and encourage others to do the same

Long after the completion of the program you will enjoy the value of a powerful local network, who support and advocate for each other.

Program journey

This intensive program will equip participants with the skills, confidence and network to enable them to take the lead as change-makers in their organisations and communities.

The program explores the following key themes:

Authentic Leadership

  • Through dialogue develop an understanding of what leadership is (and isn’t) and your internal and external challenges to exercising leadership
  • Understand what authenticity means for you and how you can be authentic without alienating others or disadvantaging yourself

Managing Difficult Conversations

  • Understand the complexity of leading individuals effectively
  • Receive and practice a process for managing one-on-one conversations that challenge thinking whilst maintaining good relationships and resolving conflict

Design Thinking and Innovation

  • Influence development of the mindsets and behaviours needed for creative confidence
  • Lead teams to learn and apply a Design Thinking methodology, in order to solve user and customer problems in new, innovative ways

Corporate Financial Acumen

  • Understand how Corporate Finance functions – evaluating projects, financing the firm, managing risk, managing working capital – all support the creation and implementation of strategy
  • Asking the right questions of the Finance team and engaging in corporate finance discussions at a Board level

Trust and Teaming

  • Examine what makes teams dysfunctional, what makes teams effective and the how to build teams through building trust
  • Review your contribution as a team member and provide the foundations for building effective teams

Impact Narratives

  • Understand the nature and complexity of communication
  • How to tell compelling, unique and impactful stories that engage and persuade others

Power and Influence

  • How to navigate professional alliances with female and male colleagues
  • Strategies that can make us appear more powerful and authoritative to others

Negotiations

  • Explore the particular dilemmas faced by women when they negotiate, and how these can be overcome
  • How to manage two obstacles that block constructive negotiations, others’ power plays and our own emotions

Mindful Leadership

  • Bringing presence and mindfulness to leadership
  • Understand how simple practices of mindfulness can enhance our effectiveness and enjoyment in leadership positions

Resilience

  • Recognise and mitigate the effects of stress and respond to difficult events
  • How to face challenges with strength and grace

You will also expand your knowledge, skills, and confidence as you learn how other successful women have approached key management and leadership challenges through our dinner speaker program.

Who should attend

  • Women leaders in the C-suite, or aspiring to be in the C-suite in their next career move.
  • They will have 10+ years of experience as leaders across a variety of industries.
  • Each cohort will be carefully assembled to ensure diversity in industry, age and cultural background, ensuring a greater spread of experience and a stronger network.

Trust the experts

Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin joined Melbourne Business School in 2012 and is now an Associate Professor of Strategy. Prior to completing his PhD at IE Business School in Madrid and his MBA at Melbourne Business School, Geoff held a number of senior strategy and operational risk positions at Deloitte (Sydney), GT...

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Jill Klein

Jill Klein joined Melbourne Business School in 2009 as a Professor of Marketing and is also a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Medical School. After completing her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, Jill joined the faculty at Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Nort...

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Jennifer Overbeck

Jennifer currently teaches Organisational Behaviour, Negotiation and Deal-making and Power and Politics on our MBA and Executive MBA programs. She also teaches Research Methods and Statistics on our PhD program and delivers on our executive education programs. Jennifer’s research, which has been ...

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Amanda Sinclair

Amanda Sinclair is an author, researcher, teacher and consultant in the areas of leadership, change, gender and diversity. Currently a Professorial Fellow, Amanda held the Foundation Chair of Management (Diversity and Change) at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne from 1995 - 2...

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Mara Olekalns

PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT (NEGOTIATIONS) Mara is an expert on negotiations whose research covers topics including relational resilience, adversity, micro-ethical judgements, trust violations and repair, subjective value and gender differences.

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Isabel Metz

Isabel Metz joined Melbourne Business School in 2008 as a senior lecturer of Human Resources Management. She is now a Professor of Organisational Behaviour. After completing her PhD at Monash University, Isabel held lecturer and senior lecturer positions at the University of Melbourne. Before ac...

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Marianne Broadbent

Dr Marianne Broadbent is a leadership and executive search consultant who works every day with women and men making career decisions and life choices. She has been working in the leadership, management and strategy areas for over 20 years, with a particular emphasis working with organisations t...

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Jody Evans

Jody leads the Advancement strategy for the School and is focused on establishing a sustainable culture and practice of philanthropy to support the long term future of MBS. She is committed to deepening the relevance and impact of the School's activities. Jody joined Melbourne Business School i...

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Carol Gill

Carol Gill is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Melbourne Business School. Carol has specialized in the fields of executive learning and development, human resource management and organization development, as both an academic and practitioner, for more than 25 years. She is a...

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