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The number of women in leadership positions has been growing steadily. Yet, there is still not equal representation in top executive roles. More than half of civil servants are women, but this decreases with seniority.

Attend our Women in Leadership course to create a personal vision of what it means to be a great leader and enhance your capabilities to meet this challenge. Define your values and career goals and develop your leadership style. Learn to react to opportunities and use practical tips to gain power and influence for stepping up and progressing further.

Through discussion and practical exercises, identify strategies to lead with purpose and conviction, establish techniques to set boundaries and remain true to your vision.

Join exceptional women from across the public sector for high-impact peer-to-peer learning.​ Stretch yourself to become a better leader and propel towards greater performance.​ Leave the day with an action plan to become the leader you envisioned and overcome barriers to success.

*Kate Sturdy will be running the training course on Thursday 27th April via Zoom

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Hayley Lewis
People Development Consultant

Dr Hayley Lewis is an award-winning psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of organisational and business psychology. As a consultant, Hayley offers a unique combination of first-hand experience of leading teams in high-pressure environments with a deep understanding of the science of behaviour in the workplace.

Before setting up her own business, Hayley spent 11 years leading various local government services, such as organisational development; ICT strategy; customer services; communications, PR, and digital transformation. During this time, she won national recognition for her work on leadership development and culture change, as well as for leading ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen your confidence and personal insight
  • Create an environment where everybody can thrive
  • Develop your leadership style to improve your impact
  • Learn to generate buy-in and enhance your ability to obtain result
  • Establish an action plan to develop you into the leader you want to be
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Women in Leadership: What Makes Great Leader?

  • Identify inspiring leaders and why they are thought so
  • Discuss the strategies of high-achieving women versus men
  • Define potential barriers to development for women in leadership positions
  • Reflect on the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations
10:45 - 11:30

Leading with Authentic Purpose

  • Pinpoint leadership strengths, styles and aspirations
  • Mentoring and coaching: what can you get from it
  • Investigate your impact and the qualities needed to improve it
  • Learn about vision and engagement as a leader’s two core activities
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Stepping Up with Confidence

  • Identify your achievements and skills
  • Align your authentic self with people’s perception
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, talents and biases
  • Understand why language matters: talking about yourself and challenging negative messages
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Techniques and Pathways to Senior Roles

  • Recognise opportunities for upward growth
  • Effective networking: practical tips to gain power and influence
  • Employ a collaborative approach to negotiating: the win-win approach
  • Generate senior leadership buy-in and influence at a business strategy level
14:15 - 15:15

Workshop: The Strategic Power of Saying No

Apply strategies to say no and practice them in challenging situations. This will enable you to:

  • Stay true to your core values
  • Understand why, when and how to say no
  • Learn the differences between barriers and boundaries
15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 16:00

Action-Planning: Be the Leader You Envisioned

  • Define core competencies you need to develop further and how
  • Determine your current impact and the one you want to have as a leader
  • Identify potential obstacles and how you can overcome them to the best of your ability
  • Establish alignment between your personal purpose and the purpose of your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

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