Women leading the public sector

Dr Christine Nixon – Monash University Deputy Chancellor and former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner – and Professor Amanda Sinclair – Melbourne Business School Fellow and author on leadership – will encourage participants to share experiences, and to learn how to lead change while looking after themselves and others in demanding contexts.

“This is not about training women to adapt to traditional leadership models,” Dr Nixon says. “Our aim is to empower women to be role models for humane and people-centred leadership. To build effectiveness and to broaden the leadership repertoire.”

Key benefits

Participants attending Women leading the public sector will gain fresh perspectives on traditional leadership and management issues. Participants will learn from each other as well as experienced practitioners about leading change and upholding public sector values. 

You will expand your approaches to influencing and mobilising people, and identify practical steps to deal with the leadership challenges you face. You will gain a unique network.

Who should attend

The Women leading the public sector program is aimed at middle-to-senior level female managers in the public sector, and is also valuable for women in the not-for-profit and education sectors.

Course details

Over three days, Dr Nixon and Professor Sinclair will guide participants through the broad strategic levels of leadership and mobilising organisations, to managing groups, finishing on the personal dimensions of leadership roles.

Women leading the public sector modules will include:


  • strategies for reforming organisations and leading change
  • deepening understanding of issues for women in leadership and how to support other women to succeed
  • leadership during difficult times and crisis management
  • leading dialogue and initiating, difficult but important conversations


  • how to get new initiatives on the agenda
  • working effectively in groups to solve challenges and mobilise change
  • understanding group processes and how to intervene to achieve goals
  • what distinguishes good managers and modelling effective management

Personal dimensions

  • cultivating presence and capacity to influence
  • mitigating the personal and professional risks
  • dealing with personal setbacks and continuing to learn
  • identifying allies, ways to nourish self and others
  • setting goals and creating and modelling sustainable practices


Non-residential: $3,950 (inc. GST)
Residential (includes accommodation and breakfast): $4,750 (inc. GST)

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount*
Receive a 25% discount for registrations of four or more people*
*Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.

Workshop fee includes

  • all learning materials
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • one dinner
  • a copy of Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair’s book, Women Leading

To enquire about this workshop, please complete the executive workshop enquiry form.

Customised version

This masterclass can be customised to suit the needs of your  department or jurisdiction. To enquire about running this masterclass for your department or jurisdiction, please complete the Tailored learning enquiry form.

Read our cancellation, transfer and refund policy.

Listen to a podcast with Professor Amanda Sinclair and Dr Christine Nixon from the Melbourne Business School

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