“WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE” Leadership Series
This is a unique leadership series for women based on academic research into women’s experiences in the workplace. During the four-part series you will learn how perceptions of the effectiveness of women leaders is shaped by communication skills, leadership styles, presentation abilities and interpersonal skills. You will also discuss and practice tools and techniques to help you become more effective and successful in attaining your professional goals. The series is taught by Dr. Larissa Faulkner, who is a published researcher in the area of gender and communication. As a professor she has taught Gender and Communication and Gender in the Media courses at such places as the University of Iowa and McMaster University. During her career, she has worked with women all over North America to empower them to find their personal strengths and confidence as leaders.
Workshop 1: Women’s Leadership Styles
Includes an assessment test of your personal leadership style and discussion of results, information about the latest research on perceptions and attitudes toward women leaders that can help shape leadership understanding and responses in different work contexts. Popular books and current media about today’s top women leaders will be used to generate discussion.
Workshop 2: Understanding Gendered Communication Styles
Men and women are likely to choose different interpersonal responses to the same problem or situation. Find out what these are and why this happens. Men and women also have different frameworks for measuring success of daily interactions. When these frameworks are understood, a more positive, focused workplace will result.
Workshop 3: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Skills for Women
We know that women make less money than men at the same jobs, and there is considerable research to draw on to understand what happens when men and women are “at the table” in a negotiation. Women can learn more assertive negotiation skills and be more aware of their image as they negotiate for themselves, their employees, and their companies. Assertive and clear communication is also a requirement for handling conflict in the workplace in a productive manner. Strategies will be learned and practiced by group.
Workshop 4: Career Development Techniques for Women Managers
Take control of your professional image inside and outside of your workplace. LinkedIn is an effective networking platform, and its features (not just your “profile”) will be explained and demonstrated. Visibility, expertise, and cooperation will be discussed as part of creating a tailored, professional career development plan based on research about women’s preferences and styles.