On November 10, 2018 we had a Women’s Leadership Development Workshops to kick off CAWIC’s (Canadian Association of Women in Construction) Women’s Leadership Program.
More than 30 women working in the Construction Industry attended the event. Participants were of different professions and of all levels in their careers: business owners, project managers, HR representatives, team leads, directors, sales managers, and many others.
The workshop, entitled the Art and Science of Influence, explored topics such as power of trust, building and maintaining relationships for success, and behavioural styles and their impact on the results women achieve in their professional and personal lives.
In two words, the workshop was all about becoming a more effective leader others are motivated to work for and work with, not because of your own position title and authority you have but because they want to.
Being a woman leader in this industry is quite challenging. This kind of event, it motivates women to develop and to realize they are not alone in their adventures. Through support and understanding and learning the tools that help them succeed.
We were discussing and learning to apply the three-step strategy to achieve this:
Becoming more self-aware and understanding your own behavioural style, your strengths and potential limitations
Identifying and accepting the styles of others
Modifying your own behaviours to be more effective communicator and becoming more effective at influencing others