Women leading the public sector

Due to the changing situation relating to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this workshop has been deferred.
This workshop required faculty to undertake international travel. The health and wellbeing of participants, faculty and staff is paramount, as such, we have come to this decision based on publicly available information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its implications for participants, faculty and staff. All registrations will carry over and a new date for the workshop will be communicated in due course. If you'd like to register your interest for the deferred workshop, please fill out an Expression of Interest form via the button below. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking outside traditional leadership models, Dr Christine Nixon and Professor Amanda Sinclair aim to empower women to be role models for humane and people-centred leadership. Participants will learn from each other as well as experienced practitioners about leading change and upholding public sector values.

This workshop aims to expand approaches to influencing and mobilising people, and identify practical steps to deal with leadership challenges. While developing effectiveness and broadening your leadership repertoire, you will also be exposed to a lifelong network of likeminded public servants, opening doors for future collaboration. 

I’d like all women at executive levels at my organisation to come - it should be essential.

- Previous participant

What will you learn?

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
  • overcoming common leadership challenges
  • leadership during difficult times and crisis management
  • tactics to build power and influence others 


  • 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 unconscious bias
  • practicing mindfulness to build resilience  
  • setting goals and creating and modelling sustainable practices

Who should register?

  • Middle-to-senior level female managers in the public sector

Who will lead the course?

  • Dr Christine Nixon – As Monash University Deputy Chancellor and former Victorian Police Commissioner, Dr Nixon has a wealth of experience in leadership positions. Read Dr Nixon’s biography
  • Professor Amanda Sinclair – author, researcher, teacher and consultant in the areas of leadership, change, gender and diversity. Professor Sinclair is currently a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Read Professor Sinclair’s biography. 

Great opportunity to hear from two very powerful women.

- Previous participant

How much will it cost?

$4,250 (inc. GST)

ANZSOG alumni receive a 15% discount*

Express your interest

*Every person that completes the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni.

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

Read our cancellation, transfer and refund policy.

Got a question?

Please contact ANZSOG's Executive Education team on +61 3 8344 1984 or email with the program name as the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Venue information

  • Venue: TBC

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