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Women and Leadership Australia

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For over ten years, Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has been guiding female teachers towards greater career success and life satisfaction through the internationally recognised Women's Leadership Forum.

This seminal program has been developed in partnership with NESLI to meet the needs of today’s dynamic female school leaders.

The program has been shaped by input from a wide range of stakeholders spanning most leading universities and school bodies. This collective expertise imbues the Women’s Leadership Forum with a potent mix of understanding, advice and strategy for addressing the unique challenges and complexities that women face in the contemporary school leadership context.

Designed specifically for female school leaders

Women's Leadership Forum

The Women’s Leadership Forum combines live interactive webinar sessions with NESLI’s state of the art learning portal to create a rich and engaging learning environment. The course employs an integrated learning methodology based around expert tuition, peer knowledge-sharing, and practical workplace application. Throughout the program, learnings are related back to the day-to-day realities and challenges of each participant within the school context.

Throughout the course participants attend four interactive online sessions. These sessions can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device allowing for minimal disruption to participants workday. The live online sessions allow participants to interact directly and engage in meaningful discussion pertinent to the course content.

7 interactive webinar sessions for participants
self directed learning via a state-of-the-art online learning management system
interactive online portal connecting course participants

During the course, participants have 24/7 access to the interactive online portal which connects them with their fellow participants across the country.

Throughout the course, content and media is accessible 24/7 via a state-of-the-art online learning management system that allows participants to engage with it any time from any device.

Delivery Format


In this module, participants consider and clarify their own values and identify what they look like with regard to thinking and behaviours. Individuals can assess the degree of alignment between their personal values and their organisations’ and identify options for reconciling differences. This module also allows individuals to determine ways to be an effective ‘role model’ for others. This module underpins the other modules with regard to communicating effectively, influencing and working collaboratively with others as well as building and strengthening personal resilience. The outcome is the development of a personal guiding framework that assists the individual adopt a sustainable, authentic, values-based leadership style.


Interpreting different communication styles effectively is fundamental to building lasting interpersonal relationships. In the workplace effective communication is the vehicle that achieves results, so getting it wrong is not an option. We all have a basic understanding of how people communicate but this session focuses on the key concepts of personal communication style, how to identify and master your dominant style, how to correctly interpret the style of others and most importantly how to be flexible enough to communicate optimally with differing styles. Mastering these techniques will rapidly enhance your ability to communicate purposefully in any situation.


Influencing others may be as simple as asking a person to do something, or as complex as building strategic coalitions to achieve long term goals. Whatever the desired outcome, your ability to influence effectively and ethically depends on the strategies you use, and when and how you implement them. This module looks at influencing strategies; in particular, how effective leaders draw on different tactics to best suit the person and situation they are in. A range of different strategies are explored.


The final module 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.

Course Themes

The Women’s Leadership Forum is built around four distinct but complimentary themes. The structure of the program optimises the learning outcomes of each module, as well as contributing to the overall flow, ensuring a logical progression from one session to the next. Through mastery of each of the elements discussed, participants can take an important step towards understanding and achieving their personal goals

a 2 month program designed specifically for female school teachers
average weekly commitment 1 hour

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National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative, NESLI
Level 3, 607 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia


Phone: 1300 938 470

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