The Women's Leadership Alliance In-House Program
A unique blend of leadership development and peer-group interaction
The Women’s Leadership Alliance Inhouse Program combines leadership development workshops with peer group networking to create an unprecedented forum for professional development and on-going support.
The program is the culmination of extensive research and development by Women & Leadership Australia and involved consultation with women across hundreds of Australia’s leading organisations and employer groups.
The program comprises four workshops covering the following areas:
- Self Awareness (How am I leading? What truly matters to me?)
- Environmental Awareness (How do I interact within my work environment?)
- Networking for Success (How can I develop and leverage the connections I make?)
- Creating Balance (Navigating my leadership journey)
Throughout the eight week program, the participant group is encouraged to form a close nit network designed to assist each person in their learning. This unique process is the hallmark of the Women’s Leadership Alliance In-house Program. Following on from the official workshops many groups have built lasting relationships, regularly meeting up to discuss their challenges and successes.
“I found the Leadership Alliance very empowering – it has been instrumental in bringing together many things in my life. It was very affirming to hear from other women working with similar issues and to think through solutions”.
Melanie Saballa - Senior Manager, Chief Ministers Department (ACT)
The Women’s Leadership Alliance comprises four half day workshops run over an eight week period.
Workshop One - Self Awareness (1/2 day)
Participants draw out and analyse the key themes of authentic leadership. This includes a reflection on those leaders from whom we draw inspiration in our own lives. Participants look closely at their own values and how their actions - both in their work and personal lives - align or diverge from their core values. The session encourages honest self-reflection on the ways we are living our lives.
Workshop Two - Environmental Awareness (1/2 day)
This module commences with an exploration of one’s own preferred style of communicating and the impact of one’s style on others. The sessions focus on effective communication and influencing at different levels - interpersonal, team and organisational. Participants will explore a range of tactics in theory before applying them at a practical level to their own situation at work.
Workshop Three - Networking for Success (1/2 day)
A big factor that contributes to personal success is having a strong and diverse network. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a strong network; a sense of belonging, increased well-being and career progression. This practical session explores the mind-sets that hold us back from networking and methods for overcoming them. Participants will take away tips and strategies to build and maintain relationships - the bedrock of a strong network.
Workshop Four - Creating Balance (1/2 day)
The session explores the concept of resilience – particularly during challenging times or in highly pressurised environments. Personal resilience is not only about strength through adversity but the ability to grow and adapt as a result of disruption, to move forward stronger than before. Participants are asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic leadership level. Participants go on to learn about ways to build resilience in their teams, and manage challenging situations more effectively.
Extensive research and development by WLA has resulted in the unique leadership development + peer support model that underpins the Women’s Leadership Alliance In-house Program.
By establishing the group as a peer network, a safe and supportive environment is created for exploring one’s developmental strengths and needs. WLA research revealed a strong preference for this style of peer engagement in the learning setting.
Understanding one’s self is at the heart of excellent leadership. WLA’s leadership analysis identifies high emotional intelligence and self-awareness as common traits among successful leaders.
Environmental awareness, or (more specifically) understanding how one interacts within their social contexts, is another key theme throughout the Women’s Leadership Alliance. Research revealed strong demand for further development in areas such as communication and networking.
One of the most telling outcomes from the WLA’s research was the high need among female leaders for a sense of genuine alignment between personal values and action. In response to those findings, the Creating Balance workshop was designed. This workshop includes the development of a resilience action plan and ensures that participants have thought deeply about how their own values affect their performance as leaders.
The program is designed for both current and aspiring leaders. Because of the personalised nature of the program, leaders at varying levels are encouraged to participate. The diverse experience and insights of participants is central to the overall learning experience.