Calling all women leaders

Luke Parker
Calling all women leaders

The 2015 Westpac Leaders Fellowship aims to develop women and equip them with greater leadership and growth professionally.

A unique opportunity, each influential leader selected for the fellowship will attend the New Zealand Leadership Institute’s Leadership Mindset programme, designed to build leadership capability.


The work of leadership is never done

In 2013, Kerin Russell-Smith was selected for the Westpac Leaders Fellowship.In 2013, Kerin Russell-Smith was selected for the Fellowship and has never looked back.

“It’s a way of thinking which is ongoing and continually developing, “she says. “For me the course took a number of small pieces starting to click and pulled them together to be a bigger piece – this is ongoing.”

A major player in the construction world, serving on the Russell Group Board which oversees more than 10 construction industry and property companies, Kerin says one of the main points that stuck out was the fact that the work of leadership is never done.

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“Today’s leadership is not just about an individual’s pursuit, technical or managerial, intelligence or expertise, but more being able to connect people so they think and act constructively. It goes beyond your position or authority within your organisation.”

She says you need to build in your organisations what the leadership program calls “psychological capital”, based around self-efficacy, optimism, hope, and resilience.

“We need to create environments that allow people to motivate themselves as leaders. If conflict arises you need to use it to move forward and progress initiatives rather than become paralysed by it.

The ideal applicant

The Fellowship is best suited to people who are ready for something less traditional; people who are keen to grow their leadership capacity, agility, critical thinking, and influence.

Westpac GM Human Resources Su Duffey says Westpac’s support for the Leaders Fellowship is one of the many ways Westpac are growing and developing women leaders, and it complements other initiatives including Women of Influence, and the Global Women BreakThrough Leadership programme.  

“We have a very strong focus on diversity at Westpac, and our focus on developing women as leaders forms a key part of this.

“Women leaders make a substantial contribution to the performance of a business, and through the Fellowship, we aim to support the development of more talent, ultimately building the pipeline of women leaders who are contributing to a successful New Zealand.”

Apply for the Westpac Leaders Fellowship now

The New Zealand Leadership Institute’s Leadership Mindset Programme will comprise three 2 day workshops on 10-11 September, 14-15 October, and 24-25 November 2015. 

Applications are now open. Submit your application for The Westpac Leaders Fellowship today .

Nominations are open to applicants from any sector, self-employed, or a not-for-profit, and submissions close Thursday 30 April 2015 at midnight.

All the info on how to enter, including terms and conditions, can be found in the link above.

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