Action plan for women in leadership

Action plan for women in leadership

In attending Leadership Victoria’s Women’s Leadership Program earlier this year, La Trobe Business School Manager Donna Burnett developed a deeper understanding of authentic leadership, and ‘a new found respect for myself.’

Being able to design her own individual activation pathway during the program challenged her, Donna says.

‘It forced me out of my comfort zone, made me rethink what is important (and what is not) but most of all, what I can do as a leader, and what I want to be doing moving forward.’

With that in mind, Donna created an action plan, sharing these points for the benefit of other women in leadership on the La Trobe Business School blog:

  • Ask for what you want if you think it is right
  • Ask for help
  • When people don’t agree with you, keep talking
  • Do your homework
  • Say yes to every opportunity
  • Be patient, bold and savvy
  • Empower others to make the decision
  • Have faith in yourself – believe in your capability
  • Get someone in your corner to support and champion you
  • Be consistent
  • Don’t let adversity define you – acknowledge it
  • Timing – get it right. Don’t react – stop, think, reflect
  • Own your own career – make connections
  • Be realistic – don’t try to obtain the unattainable
  • The biggest risk is not taking a risk
  • Engage with people you have an authentic interest in
  • Be conscious of how you make others feel
  • Prepare for difficult conversations
  • Listen to the wisdom of others
  • Wear a ‘s*** shield’ to bounce off the negativity
  • Take your shoes off – you can’t walk a mile in someone else’s shoes if you still have yours on

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