Compass transformational leadership for women
While women make up half of the employees in the 2020-21 WGEA dataset* (51%), women comprise only:
of key management positions
of board chairs
Leadership capabilities: Women outperform men
*Workplace Gender Equality Agency report 2021/2022
Here is a program that understands and observes where we are at as a diverse global society, and acknowledges the vital importance – and benefit to all – of seeing more women at the leadership table.
After participating in Compass, over 2000 women have courageously unpacked their internal dialogues, learnt what really drives them, and started making conscious choices about the stories they tell themselves, and where they spend their time and energy.
We all have stories – familiar, dog-eared, unique and precious. Some of them were handed down to us by others, some of them we wish we didn’t have. Some of them we tell and retell like a favourite film that never fails to delight; others, for a whole range of reasons, we refrain from telling anyone. Some stories we completely forget about, or never even knew we had.
Where you are now is simply a point in the story. Whether you’re a mother or a daughter, a leader, a manager, a frontline worker, a student, a teacher, a candlestick maker… Compass invites women to ask themselves just one question: what is the story you tell yourself, and what is the story you want to tell yourself?
From a business sense perspective, it has been known now for well over a decade that organisations with greater gender diversity in senior leadership outperform those without. Women are naturally predisposed to utilise leadership behaviours that promote organisational performance, and, as research published in the Harvard Business Review reveals, women leaders demonstrate 15 out of 16 competencies shown to drive business performance, more frequently than men.
How we address the imbalance…
”We know that women in leadership roles are crucial in bridging the gender diversity gap. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from staff who have participated in the Compass programs. We are starting to see these women step up and drive change within the organisation, not only seen but more importantly heard and valued for their contribution.
We know that the impact of this program is not only on current participants, building confidence and leadership capability, but it will develop strong role models and mentors for the next generation of women who join Council.Annie HarrisExecutive Manager People & Culture, Armidale Regional Council
”I am convinced that my experience at Compass made the difference that meant I achieved a promotion to a leadership role within my organisation the following year. I learnt so much about myself, and about leadership, that will help me in my new role. All aspiring women leaders in my organisation should get involved in Compass!Alice RichardsonDirector Statistical Consultin Unit, Australian National University