Women in Leadership Masterclass

Step in, step up: the journey continues

The Women in Leadership Masterclass is a reflective and celebratory program designed to continue to empower you in your leadership journey – whether you are seeking to hone your skills, preparing for your next promotion or supporting and guiding other women into leadership roles through your own impact and influence. Recognising and addressing gender-specific and self-imposed barriers to leadership will contribute to the development of high-quality leaders in our schools.

Led by Dr Barbara Watterston, the masterclass has been developed in direct response to feedback and requests for opportunities to meet with, and learn from, female colleagues in school leadership positions and to reconnect with participants from past women in school leadership programs hosted by QELi. You will be surrounded by people who are invested in building the capacity of everyone in the education system, themselves and others.

The masterclass will incorporate practical elements from the recently released book Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey by Jane A.G. Kise and Barbara K. Watterston, 2019. Participants will share personal insights and development and discussions will explore leadership and gender, sustainability and wellbeing, clarify and acting on our aspirations and a proactive strategic approach to career and leadership development.

With a focus on bringing out the best in yourself, and engaging with, and being energised by like-minded colleagues, you will leave the masterclass with a personalised action plan to inform your own leadership philosophy and build your leadership identity.

Program Structure: Pre-readings and two-day face-to-face workshop

Suitable for: Aspiring and current women leaders

Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey

Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey by Jane A.G. Kise and Barbara K. Watterston guides aspiring and current women leaders through a 12-week development journey. Through activities, reflection prompts and real-life stories and scenarios, the book helps women to find their own leadership identify. The book explores:

• Finding your why – your motivation for the long haul of educational leadership
• Equipping yourself to navigate the gender-specific barriers women still face and ones that women, more than men, create for themselves
• Understanding your most effective leadership style and where you might need to adjust or develop key leadership skills – such as helping a team productively use emotions or finding your voice so you can speak up effectively when necessary.

Women in Leadership Masterclass participants will receive a copy of Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the School Leadership Journey.