Participants explore what it takes to be an effective leader using a strengths-based approach. This module introduces participants to a values-based leadership framework as they take a deep dive into the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership.​

This module challenges participants to ‘rethink’ their organisation’s purpose and strategy by exploring the external and internal environment, the assumptions that underpin them and their strategic response to them. They develop a heightened awareness of the systemic influences that impact their organisation and develop the capacity to see and challenge their own and others’ mental models. Participants explore ways to create an environment in which strategic thinking and on-going learning become a part of daily life.​




Presence and Influence​

This module commences with an exploration of one’s own preferred style of communication and the impact of one’s style on others. The module moves on to focus on effective communication and influencing at an interpersonal, departmental, and organisational level.​

Leading Innovation

and Change​

This module focuses on the leadership skills involved in driving innovation and change. Participants critically discuss the application of relevant theory and explore the way in which innovation and change are inextricably intertwined. Participants then examine leadership challenges during times of crisis, gaining an understanding of the way in which leaders can build an agile and resilient organisation.​



During this module participants explore the practical implications of managing diverse and challenging groups. Participants examine the qualities shared by high performing teams and identify effective strategies to foster cultures that support optimal teamwork.



This module supports participants to provide feedback and motivate their team to exceed performance expectations. Participants identify key principles of performance management in order to ensure consistency with organisational objectives. This module also explores techniques involved in coaching others and building individual capability.​

Purpose, Priorities and Professional Development​

This module focuses on developing skills to hone a competitive edge. Participants will learn to develop effective work goals and behaviours to competently manage work priorities. They will also explore the critical elements of establishing personal work objectives, prioritising workload for optimum achievement and building on professional competence.​

Course Elements


Executive Ready employs a sophisticated blended learning approach enabling participants to realise exceptional learning outcomes whilst continuing to be highly present and effective in their everyday workplace environment.​


​Segmented into seven distinct but complimentary modules Executive Ready engages participants in a comprehensive exploration of effective leadership practice. Executive Ready is for women who want to deepen their leadership capability and develop greater self, team and organisational awareness. Enabling leaders to unlock the full potential of their staff, the course is ideal for supporting the progression of mid-level leaders in large and small organisations and independent business owners looking to transform business performance.​

Course modules

“Executive Ready is so good, so impactful and so applicable that I am recommending it to our whole business. The course provides tangible techniques, tools and tips to excel at the leadership role you are in, but the most beneficial aspect of this course is the networking and learning with peers from different industries. Regardless of which industry you are in, the types of leadership challenges you are faced with are very similar. By sharing and exploring these with your fellow course participants, you become very connected to the course content and can easily contextualise learnings to your day-to-day activities. The peer coaching is also a big part of how successful this process is. If you are thinking about doing this course, my advice is quite simple – go for it.”​

Karen Gee, Executive Ready Participant​

Leadership capability assessment

Participants undertake a capability assessment to evaluate their ability in key areas. Results from this assessment help inform each participant’s developmental focus and support them to achieve their objectives.​

program snapshot









‘This course will accelerate your abilities, ignite your passions, challenge your status quo and redefine your career and life expectations’.​​​

Undertaken by upwards of 400 women each year, Executive Ready is a leadership and career accelerator purpose designed to stretch mid-level leaders and rapidly propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets.

The course challenges participants to see themselves, their responsibilities and their opportunities with fresh eyes, enabling and inspiring them to achieve career and life goals. 

Executive Ready is for women who want to deepen their leadership capability and develop greater self, team and organisational awareness. Throughout the course, leadership theory is related back to the day-to-day challenges of each participant; ensuring learning outcomes are relevant and aligned to real world experience. Moreover, the emphasis on contextualised, practical outcomes ensures that participants start to experience benefits from day one.

Executive Ready engages participants in a highly collaborative learning environment. As the course progresses, participants develop into tightly knit professional networks.



‘The class developed such a rapport and a shared commonality throughout the learning process that it became so much more than just ‘we are on a course together’. It was a fantastic group, and we are looking to continue our connections with each other long into the future.’​

Leader as

coach sessions​

Through the leader as coach sessions participants will practice how to effectively deliver feedback and have meaningful, outcome driven coaching conversations. Additionally, these sessions often lead to a deeper connection between peers and a better understanding and appreciation of each other’s challenges.​

Self-directed learning modules

Self-directed learning content for each module is accessible via a state-of-the-art online learning management system that allows participants to engage with it any time from any device. Content includes high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, workplace activities and reflective tasks.​

interactive online workshops

​Focused on rich discussion and debate relevant to each topic area, the interactive online sessions help to contextualise learning themes within real world situations, rapidly equipping participants to operationalise new approaches.

online community

of practice


Throughout the course, participants are free to connect with each other 24/7 through the online community of practice and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.​

Virtual Workshop

​The workshop days are segmented into three high impact sessions with breaks in-between. During the workshop days, participants explore new concepts and strategies and work collaboratively on real-time challenges. The unique format offers valuable insight informed by collective experience as well as reflective practice.


Due to the current situation around COVID-19, Women & Leadership International has moved to a fully online delivery format for current intakes for all its flagship programs. This move ensures we can continue to offer high quality support and development to female leaders during this difficult time.

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