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The number of women in leadership positions has been growing steadily. Yet, there is still not equal representation in executive and senior leadership teams.

Strong and effective leadership is more important than ever. Join exceptional women from international schools across Europe and the Middle East for high impact peer to peer learning.​ Stretch yourself to become a better leader and propel towards greater performance.​

Attend our Women in Leadership at International Schools course to create a personal vision of what it means to be a great leader and enhance your capabilities to meet this challenge. Define your values and career goals and develop your leadership style. Learn to react to opportunities and use practical tips to gain power and influence for stepping-up and progressing further.

Through discussion and practical exercises, identify strategies to lead with purpose and conviction. Establish techniques to set boundaries and remain true to your vision. Leave the day with an action plan to become the leader you envisioned and overcome barriers to success.

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Hayley Lewis
People Development Consultant

Dr Hayley Lewis is an award-winning psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of organisational and business psychology. As a consultant, Hayley offers a unique combination of first-hand experience of leading teams in high-pressure environments with a deep understanding of the science of behaviour in the workplace.

Before setting up her own business, Hayley spent 11 years leading various local government services, such as organisational development; ICT strategy; customer services; communications, PR, and digital transformation. During this time, she won national recognition for her work on leadership development and culture change, as well as for leading ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen your confidence and personal insight
  • Develop your leadership style to improve your impact
  • Learn to generate buy-in and enhance your ability to obtain results
  • Create an environment where everybody can thrive
  • Establish an action-plan to develop you into the leader you want to be

In-House Option



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07.25 - 07.30


07.30 - 08.45

Women in Leadership: What Makes Great Leaders?

  • Identify inspiring leaders and why they are thought so
  • Discuss the strategies of high achieving women versus men
  • Define potential barriers to development for women in leadership positions
  • Reflect on the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations
08.45 - 09.30

Leading with Authentic Purpose

  • Pinpoint leadership strengths, styles, and aspirations
  • Learn about vision and engagement as leaders’ two core activities
  • Investigate your impact and the qualities needed to improve it
  • Mentoring and coaching women: what can you get from it
09.30 - 09.45

Morning Break

09.45 - 10.30

Stepping-Up with Confidence

  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, talents, and biases
  • Identify your achievements and skills
  • Align your authentic self with people’s perception
  • Why language matters: talking about yourself and challenging negative messages
10.30 - 11.30


11.30 - 12.15

Techniques and Pathways to Senior Roles

  • Recognize opportunities for upward growth
  • Generate senior leadership buy-in and influence at a business strategy level
  • Employ a collaborative approach to negotiating: the win-win approach
  • Effective networking: practical tips to gain power and influence
12.15 - 13.15

Workshop: The Strategic Power of Saying No

In this workshop, delegates will apply strategies to say no, and practice them in challenging situations. This will enable them to:

  • Understand why, when, and how to say no
  • Stay true to your core values
  • Learn the differences between barriers and boundaries
13.15 - 13.30

Afternoon Break

13.30 - 14.00

Action-Planning: Be the Leader You Envisioned

  • Establish alignment between your personal purpose and the purpose of your organisation
  • Determine what your current impact and the one you want to have as a leader
  • Identify potential obstacles and how you can overcome them to the best of your abilities
  • Define which core competencies you need to develop further
14.00 - 14.15

Evaluation, Feedback and Close


"An inspiring professional discussion that provided plenty of opportunities for digging deeper into issues that are impacting our female colleagues and sharing precious feedback and strategies across borders and roles. It was wonderful to see how many peers are wanting to make positive change in the field of international education and support younger female colleagues."
Amber HaqAssistant Head of Sixth Form, St George's British International School
"An eye opener and very empowering."
Elizabeth Echandi EastmanBusiness Manager, British School of Tenerife
"The course provided the opportunity to really look inwards to identify personal leadership qualities and gain confidence in expressing these and promoting ourselves as strong, confident leaders."
Emma CampbellHead of Biology, British International School Jeddah
"This was just the kick I needed. I had been feeling quite bored in my current direction and needed some inspiration and to connect with like-minded people. This course was exactly that, and helped me to re-cement my "why" and my purpose."
Stephanie MartinTeacher/Middle Leader, Australian International School Sharjah UAE
"A great course to connect with other women in leadership and share ideas around what makes a good leader in a school setting."
Rebecca WilliamsHead of Year 7, Safa Community School
"This course advocates for women to progress as leaders. It was uplifting and inspiring as well as eye-opening and challenging, in so much that it challenged your thoughts and behaviours, meaning it had a lasting impact."
Natalie DickinsonHead of Infant School, St Christopher's School, Bahrain
"An excellent course which was thought provoking and extremely interesting."
Laura GriffinDeputy Head of Primary, The Sultan's School