How can I improve my leadership and political skills?
The Osler group, which has been studying women’s representation in board rooms and executive level positions in the Toronto Stock Exchange companies, reports that in 2016, 15% of executive officers were women. This level remains unchanged in 2017. The number of board seats held by women in 2016 was 12.6%. These numbers perpetuate what Huffington Post Canada described as Canada’s Long -Standing Failure in 2011. Canada is lagging behind in their support of women in leadership roles – a shortcoming noticed both locally and internationally.
Political Training and Resources
A Political Guidebook: Votes for Women, 4th ed. This guide was published by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women to help women run for office in Nova Scotia. There are lots of great tools to help any women prepare for public service such as a self-assessment of your strengths, how to secure a nomination, estimating the cost of running, putting a team together, and more.
Campaign Skills Handbook: Module 2 - Leadership Styles and Skills: What Makes a Good Leader? (National Democratic Institute)
Becoming a Better Politician: Political Skills Manual (Alfred Mozer Stichting, 2009)
Women’s Leadership Videos
Forbes Power Women reveal their greatest career lessons, obstacles, and advice for the next generation of women leaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI7WCtC8RLg
TED Talks: Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUYSDEYdmzw
How to Be a Powerful Woman (BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: )Overcoming difficulties, being a woman in a man's world... The UK's most powerful women share their experiences, advice and philosophy for a successful working life.
The Canadian Federation of University Women (2017) reports, “Sixty percent of the world’s university graduates are women, and women control the majority of consumer goods buying decisions. Yet women continue to be underrepresented in most businesses and government, especially at the senior levels.”