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Flicking the Female Leadership Switch

21 August 2023

Are you interested in leading yourself and others? Our short course, 'Flicking the Female Leadership Switch' provides an introduction to the pathways to leadership for women. Learn more.


Start exploring your leadership pathway as a woman.

This one-day introductory course will help you begin to understand your own pathway to leadership potential, recognising the formidable skills you have that can be transferred to leadership roles. This prompt is necessary as despite our strengths in areas such as empathy, communication and conflict resolution, we often have self-doubts that hold us back from our leadership potential.


What will you gain?

You will learn about your leadership style, focus on the professional development needed to achieve your future goals and learn ideas for lifting your leadership profile.

You will leave with tools that can be used immediately in your current job and the confidence and focus needed to propel you on your leadership journey in future roles.


Course structure 

This one-day course will benefit aspirational women from diverse industries including commercial, local government, not for profit or education. You will learn about:

  • Your own leadership style and awareness of how others might perceive you.
  • Self-leadership
  • Team leadership
  • Professional development ideas & workshops.
  • Discussions with other female leaders.
  • Common challenges women face in the workplace and how to navigate them.
  • Group discussions
  • A new peer group - sometimes these contacts can support you and your superpowers.

Course Facilitator

Fiona Deehan

Fiona is a woman who wears many hats, personally and professionally.  She is a strategic people leader, coach, facilitator and consultant who is motivated to help people, teams and communities flourish and thrive. 

She believes that each person has what they need within them to be successful and that her role is to hold spaces for learning, self-reflection and accountability so that they can harness their superpowers and authentically realise their potential. 

Fiona is an Accredited Transformative coach and holds an NZ Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching. She has spent more than a decade working in Aotearoa New Zealand in leadership and development roles. As an accredited CliftonStrengths coach and experienced leadership and wellbeing consultant, speaker and facilitator, she has worked with a range of people and teams across the public and private sector. As a woman who has navigated significant personal and professional growth, as a mother, a wife, an immigrant, she has a deep understanding of the systemic and mindset barriers that women face as they step into leadership roles. She is a firm believer that knowledge on its own is not power, but knowledge plus intentional action is empowering.

Upcoming course dates

If you wish to pay by invoice, please email us.



Ilam campus, University of Canterbury



$1150 including GST. 

Course fees include catering (all dietary requirements catered for), booking fees and on-site parking.

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