Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership

Why women in leadership?

In terms of equality of representation, the UK is 56th out of 119 countries (22.5% women)

Below countries like: Rwanda, Sweden, Norway, Mozambique, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Kosovo, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Iraq, Canada, China and Israel; almost all of whom have legislated quotas (QuotaProject.org)

In terms of the Student Movement as a whole female students make up 56.6% and outnumber male students (43.4%)

In Students’ Unions the President role has predominately been made up of men, 38% identified as women and 56% identified as men and elected officers, 45.7% identified as women

At Liverpool Hope University the majority of students are female making up over 70% but this has not been reflected in the Students’ Union. Since 1982/3 there have been; 19 Male Presidents and 12 Women Presidents and 25 Male Vice Presidents to 11 Women Vice Presidents.


Understanding your strengths

Great leaders have exceptional clarity about who they are – and who they are not.  Success lies in your ability to discover your strengths and to organize your life so that these strengths can be applied.

Talent is any recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behaviour that can be productively applied.  For example, if you are instinctively inquisitive…this is a talent.

Strength starts with an innate talent.  A talent becomes a strength when it’s refined by skills, knowledge and practice and then consciously applied to something that needs doing – e.g. a job.  A strength is the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a specific given task.

Click here for a worksheet on Understanding Your Strengths

The objectives of this worksheet are;

  • To understand your strengths
  • To learn how to use your strengths to lead more effectively
  • To understand how to build and leverage your team’s strengths


Building Your Personal Brand

Your Personal Brand is the powerful, clear, positive idea that comes to mind whenever other people think of you. It’s what you stand for-the values, abilities and actions that others associate with you. It’s a professional alter ego designed for the purpose of influencing how others perceive you, and turning that perception into opportunity. It does this by telling your audience three things:

  • Who you are
  • What you do
  • What makes you different, or how you create value for your target market

Click here to complete your Personal Brand Workbook


Develop your Leadership

We are all leaders. Leadership is not a position, it is a mind-set.

In order to improve and develop as a leader, whether at work ,home or University, you need to develop your leadership styles. We all have a default style; the one that we find easiest to use, but the best leaders can use any of Goleman’s  Styles, and move between them easily.

To improve your leadership skills, you need to move beyond your default style and start to use the other five styles more readily. How can you do this?
Find more at: http://www.skillsyouneed.com/lead/develop-leadership-style.html#ixzz2t0tephwq


Women in Leadership Presentation






Some useful links and videos:

Tip Sheet: LinkedIn- Building a Great Student profile

Top 50 Employer’s for Women

Reclaim the Night Liverpool 

Ted talks: Why we have too few Women Leaders 

Liverpool Hope Women’s Forum 

Miss Representation 

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