We specialise in supporting women in the City to develop as authentic leaders. This enables organisations to optimise their female talent and helps the women themselves to maximise their contribution and gain enhanced recognition.
A real win-win situation.
Hear from Catherine and Joanna to learn more about how we help women develop as leaders
The Problem for Women Leaders
You may already be a woman leader or an experienced manager or professional, but perhaps you are struggling to progress your career as far, or as fast, as you would like to. As a result, you do not feel able to contribute to your full potential and are not receiving the recognition you seek.
Accelerating your development as a leader will benefit both you and your organisation.
Key Challenges for Women Leaders in the City
- Insufficient presence and impact both within your organisation and externally.
- Lowered productivity and overwhelm through being pulled in too many different directions at once and poor work-life balance
- Relationships that drain rather than support.
- Discomfort with networking both internally and externally.
- Being too stuck in the detail and not aligning your contribution with the strategic direction of the business.
- A lack of strategic career planning.
- Reduced confidence and a tendency to allow the “little voice” in your head to keep you in your comfort zone.
Becoming a leader, especially in the City, is unlikely to happen spontaneously. It takes a combination of knowledge and skill, not just in your area of professional expertise but in the discipline of leadership itself.
We will help you develop as a leader and address the issues that are holding you back. Our SHIFT framework will give you the tools, skills and empowering leadership mindset that are key to your success.
The solution: Make a SHIFT
As a woman leaders you can overcome these undeniably career damaging problems by making a SHIFT.
You can find ways to influence your environment, achieve a balance between work and other aspects of life and overcome the internal hurdles you may unwittingly be imposing upon yourself.
Introducing The SHIFT Framework
The SHIFT Framework is a model for successful, balanced leadership. As well as being a model proven by experience, its robustness is enhanced through incorporating the latest discoveries from neuroscience.
Strengthen Your Presence
A strong personal brand enables you to be authentic, credible and connect with people at all levels.Your brand also includes managing your energetic presence, personal image and communication, including body language.
Harness Your Potential
Includes identifying and capitalising on your strengths as well as becoming clear about which weaker areas are ‘mission-critical’ and maximising time and energy. Creating a balance between work and other aspects of life is also vital for sustainable career success.
Initiate Supportive Relationships
Supportive relationships are essential within your current work setting, as well as in a wider network with mentors and coaches, friends and family. It is necessary to be able to initiate and develop these relationships, enhance your influence and handle difficult relationships.
Focus on Strategy
To be a successful leader requires developing more of a ‘big picture’ approach and focusing increasingly on the strategic aspects of your role and the business as a whole.
It is also helpful to take a strategic approach to your career; e.g. to align yourself with the direction of change in the business, undertake key projects to gain valuable exposure to influential stakeholders or fill in the key gaps in your knowledge or skills.
Think like a Leader
Thinking like a leader underlies all the other aspects of the SHIFT framework. It is necessary to develop a supportive mindset.
This means aligning your beliefs and values, identifying what is stopping you and learning to overcome the blockers. Handling the ‘little voice’ of doubt that we all have in our heads is also vital, as is learning to let go of some of what you have excelled in to date in order to take on even higher-level leadership tasks.
Women's Leadership Breakthrough Sessions
Watch my 2 minute introductory video then register for an event below if joining us for the "breakthrough session" is of interest to you
More dates coming soon
Previous "Breakthrough" sessions
Thursday 21 July - 6.00-8.00pm
Central London location
Tea/coffee and Networking from 5.30pm