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Why Developing Women as Leaders is Crucial


“If a team includes more women, its collective intelligence rises”.

This is the surprising finding from a new study by the Harvard Business Review and demonstrates that the IQ of individuals in a group is not as important as how gender diverse it is.

The authors of the paper link this to women’s ability to listen, cooperate and collaborate.  In other words, their emotional intelligence.

To read more about the studies’ findings, click here

“Gender neutrality” may have been the buzz word of the nineties, but perhaps now it is time to acknowledge that gender differences still exist, and to ask “how can we access this talent?”

VM Learning’s Women As Leaders program has been delivered to over 3,500 women since 1994. Designed by award winning facilitator Julie Verner-Mackay, this is a must-attend for any woman who wants to fulfill her leadership potential.

This experiential, robust program supports participants to apply leadership principles the moment they walk in the door.  As part of the integrated learning approach, each participant develops and implements a professional practice project over a four month period, sets goals, and creates a vision for her future.

We are already taking places for our first ‘Women As Leaders’ public program for 2015. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to your organisations collective intelligence and hone in on your leadership skills. Email or call the VM Learning team on 3215 8888 to register your interest; places are filling fast.

Applying H.E.A.R.T to Learning 25 Years On

This year, VM Learning celebrates 25 years in business. Over the course of these 25 years, the business has had a number of different areas of focus. In the beginning our focus was on community training, particularly working with Indigenous communities.
During this time we offered a Certificate IV in Indigenous Arts and Crafts and training to more than 60 Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Our group as an RTO, also designed and delivered mainstream training and development programs to many thousands of participants.
In recent years, corporate learning and development has been our focus. We have developed numerous programs dealing specifically with the corporate and professional field, ranging from our popular ‘Women as Leaders’ Program to our ‘Handling Difficult Behaviour’ workshop, and all have achieved great results.Our approach stems from many years of developing and designing programs that relate to two key themes: managing self and managing others.
Due to our experience in this area for more than two decades, we understand the need for foundation skills based on Emotional Intelligence. It is important to acknowledge that all learning requires commitment towards change – putting learning into action, also known as leadership. Our methodology is very much a case of learning by doing. VM learning has long had a reputation as providers of accelerated learning and activity-based learning is a key focus of ours, to ensure learning is provided in a way that participants can quickly assimilate knowledge.Individual learning styles are catered for with a range of teaching and learning techniques that involve the multiple intelligences and include visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and other styles.
To ensure a balanced approach appropriate for all participants, a combination of methods is used. We aim to engage both left and right hemispheres […]