Businessman shouting her victory to the world Today more than ever, organisational success depends on leveraging diversity of leadership: to harness talent, improve the quality of decision-making, provide inspiration, role modelling and real change.

In spite of progress made by women in management particularly in frontline roles, recent statistical revelations about the status of women and work is concerning. In general, the advancement of women is sadly lacking and Australia continues to be under-represented particularly in the upper levels. Furthermore the gap between male and female wages is widening according to  the latest workplace survey figures. Currently the average full time wage for a women is about 82 cents for every dollar earned  by a man in a fulltime job.

Part of the reason for this widening pay gap is that in  virtually all sectors, Australian women are under-represented in leadership positions.

The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) 2012 Census of Women in Leadership shows that women only hold 9.2% of executive roles in ASX500 companies. Furthermore, only 12 ASX500 companies have female CEOs. The EOWA has been collecting data since 2002 on workplace leadership and sadly it is evident there has been minimal improvement in gender disparity.

Unless systemic change in gender diversity in leadership is achieved, there is little chance of the disparity improving on its own. Much has been written about the evident need for substantive gender equality and yet progress is slow. Given the current gender bias women are employed in roles where their productivity is simply not maximised.

Furthermore, women lead differently and research shows that women bring characteristics and capabilities that address many of the leadership challenges that organisations currently face.

The Women as Leaders program was first delivered on behalf of the Commonwealth Regional Directors in 1994. It has provided a platform for many thousands of women to access management and leadership positions. Delivered by award-winning facilitator, Julie Verner-Mackay for two decades, this program is once again available in a public program format. An independent study by Griffith University found that real change in terms of job promotion occurred for graduates of this “transformational” program. These promotions can then also help to balance the disparity between male and female wages in the workplace.

Enhance your organisation and support your women by registering them on this exceptional program that has provided outstanding results for more than 4000 women. Don’t miss out, call VM Learning  on 07 3215 8888 to book.

For more information about the program see our Program Overview.