1 DAY SHORT COURSE - Monday 29th May

Rydges Southbank, Brisbane

A high impact skills development course for
mid-level female school leaders‚Äč

The Women’s Leadership Journey is a one day short course for female school leaders. The program is shaped and informed by expert advice from respected leaders, teachers and academics across the country. Designed to connect female school leaders in a supportive and collaborative environment, the program offers practical advice for successfully navigating the unique challenges and complexities of school leadership. 

During the program you will have a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of your everyday responsibilities and reflect upon yourself as a leader and role model within your school. 

The Leadership Journey is built around four distinct but complimentary modules carefully selected for their relevance to leaders within a school setting. Through exploring each of the modules in the context of your role, you will take an important step towards advancing your leadership and career goals.

The four modules explored in The Leadership Journey are:

Module 1 Values
Module 2 Communication
Module 3 Influence
Module 4 Resilience‚Äč

Module 1: Values

Identifying and operating within your own values-based framework 

In this session, you will determine and clarify your own values and identify how these values impact your everyday thinking and behaviour.  You will then move on to assess the degree of alignment between your personal values and your school’s and create ways to reconcile differences.  This session will also enable you to determine ways to be an effective ‘role model’ for your colleagues and your students.  The values theme underpins and informs subsequent discussions throughout the program.  The outcome being the development of  a personal guiding framework that will assist you to adopt a sustainable, authentic, values-based leadership style.


MODULE 2: Communication

Understanding and interpreting differing Communication styles 

Interpreting different communication styles effectively is fundamental to building lasting interpersonal relationships. In every facet of life, 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.

Modules Explained

Module 3: Influence

Fostering goodwill, commitment 
and collaboration 

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 session 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 will be explored and applied to across a number of school based scenarios.


MODULE 4: Resilience

Building resilience and
overcoming challenges

There is no doubt that as educators we are living in an ever complex and challenging world. The final module explores the concept of resilience 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. During this module you will learn ways to manage challenging situations more effectively and build resilience in yourself and your team. Resilience is usually only talked about from a personal perspective but schools are highly integrated networks that also need strategic resilience. You will be asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic level.


9.00 - 10.30am
10.30 - 10.50am
10.50 - 12.30pm
12.30 - 1.15pm
1.15 - 2.45pm
2.45 - 3.00pm
3.00 - 4.30pm

Module 1
Morning Tea
Module 2
Module 3
Afternoon Tea
Module 4

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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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