Women to boost conversation skills to increase leadership impact

Why does being a leader require a significant voice in a team, division, board, organisation, or even industry-wide? The rules are often obscure. Female leaders can join a new executive education programme to examine the impact of various leadership styles in crucial conversations at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The one-day Courageous Conversations for Women programme will kick off on Friday 4 November on RSM’s campus in Rotterdam.

The programme investigates the vital elements of ‘courageous conversations’ faced by female leaders. Participants will learn how to stretch their leadership range, and increase their capacity to integrate various leadership styles while remaining authentic.

How to approach courageous conversations

Using real case studies – including their own – participants will apply their new knowledge in practical ways that can be applied in their organisation. Working alongside peers, RSM will provide a powerful and provocative yet safe environment to guide and develop participants’ understanding and skills in practical ways that will directly influence their leadership impact.

Participants of the Courageous Conversations for Women workshop will:

  • discover what makes some conversations require courage
  • map their personal leadership style to their behaviour in courageous conversations
  • develop a method for integrating a range of leadership frames to approach courageous conversations
  • practise methods of preparing for high-tension contexts
  • uncover the blockages that hinder leaders in crucial organisational and power dynamics
  • use general and personal case studies to apply their new knowledge in practical ways
  • give and receive feedback to sharpen their leadership acumen
  • learn to withstand the heat of courageous conversations that are vital to your leadership impact

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Erasmus Centre for Women in Organisations

The programme is led by David Bond. He will bring a unique range of global leadership experience to this applied leadership workshop, which is one of the Women in Business programmes offered by RSM Executive Education in partnership with the Erasmus Centre for Women in Organisations. The workshop is geared towards real-life impact, and is based on international research. It is aimed at women who have the potential to take on more senior roles in their organisations, and for women from private, public and non-profit organisations who already have responsibilities to manage and lead, or those who aim to gain leadership responsibilities in the near future.

The one-day Courageous Conversations for Women programme will start in Rotterdam on Friday 4 November 2016.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading research-based business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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