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Throughout our childhood and working lives, we have absorbed so many images and messages about what a ‘good leader’ looks like, and how a ‘good leader’ acts and behaves. In so many cases, this stereotypical ‘good leader’ is quite different to how we see ourselves.


If we believe that the stereotype is ‘right’, and if we receive feedback about our performance as leaders, that the stereotype is ‘right’ and we are ‘wrong’, it is very easy to lose ourselves.


My research found that so many leaders, especially women, were either (a) trying to modify themselves to be what they had been ingrained to believe was ‘right’ or (b) they would be themselves, but feel they were not measuring up. This workshop helps participants to understand the value of diverse leadership approaches to an organisation.


There is no ‘right’ leader. The workshop also focuses on the importance, and value, of being authentic. You, your staff, and your organisation will benefit when you are truly authentic and can bring your full self to work.


There is no better version of you, than you!

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the misconceptions of what constitutes a ‘good’ leader

  • Understand the value of diverse leadership approaches

  • To value your authentic self as a leader

  • To bring your full self to work


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Dr Ellen Joan Ford

Leadership & Future of Work Expert

Ellen Joan Ford

Dr Ellen Joan Ford is terrifyingly ambitious about changing the working world, for the betterment of people and organisational performance. She is passionate, authentic and speaks from the heart with warmth, enthusiasm, fun and humour.


As a leader, researcher, international speaker (incl TEDx), facilitator, consultant and Mum, Ellen draws on her research and practical experiences and has helped multiple corporate and government organisations improve their inclusive leadership capabilities and workplace culture. Ellen’s research and commercially smart ideas to improve the working world have been published globally.


Ellen served ten years in the NZ Army as an Engineer Officer, has led soldiers on operations around the world, led teams in the corporate sector, has completed her MBA and PhD focused on leadership, and is the co-author of a nation-wide leadership project for New Zealand’s largest sector; Food and Fibre. She was part of a volunteer team that evacuated 563 people from Afghanistan to New Zealand. Ellen is the Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year - Local Hero, Person of the Year - Manawatu Standard and a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award recipient.


Ellen is deeply passionate about improving the working world for the mutual betterment of people and organisational performance, and has used her research and leadership experiences to start the #WorkSchoolHours movement (and has written the book) and develop her Belonging Autonomy Purpose leadership model. 

Workshop Agenda


Registration and Morning Refreshments


Session 1: Letting go of archaic definitions of ‘good’ leaders

  • How did we form these views?

  • Why have they persisted?

  • How do we let them go?


Morning Tea


Session 2: The value of diverse leadership approaches

  • Different strokes for different folks

  • Research on successful outcomes with different leadership approaches


Networking Lunch


Session 3: Valuing YOU

  • Understanding where our hang-ups come from

  • Understanding the detrimental impact of not being you.

  • Your unique leadership approach is good for you, for your staff and for your organisation


Session 4: How to bring your full self to work

  • Letting go of archaic paradigms

  • Gain confidence to be unapologetically you


End of workshop and Afternoon Tea

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