Ready to Lead Program
There are no courses in life that a
student can take, and as a result, become a “leader”. While leaders can
be studied and leadership defined into characteristics and qualities,
the evolution into someone to whom others look for guidance is a
personal journey. Yet it is one that Women’s
College residents have taken for a century, either knowingly or
Throughout the College experience, Women’s residents cultivate their own leadership abilities and then take them into the world; yielding incredible results. Within Australia, there are few if any female colleges with more alumnae acclaimed for their leadership qualities. In 2012 The Women’s College commenced the Ready to Lead program.
By being offered a place at The Women’s College, we recognise the potential each resident has to be leader. This program helps these women see that potential in themselves. The Women’s College Ready to Lead program provides residents with thoughtful, purpose-filled and engaging activities that help identify what makes an effective leader and how to cultivate their innate leadership qualities.
Several Ready to Lead workshops are offered throughout the academic year. These workshops vary in their presentation style to suit the discussion topic and speaker. Workshops are generally an hour in length with an inspiring speaker or panel, followed by a discussion or an interactive exercise that demonstrates the topic.Topics may include:
- Authenticity & Awareness – leaders know themselves and their capabilities.They also know their shortcomings and reflect on mistakes. Strong leaders are aware of realistic conditions and focus on evolving these rather than wishing they would change.
- Consistency in Behaviour and Emotion – a leader who displays appropriate emotion is powerful and demonstrates strength and confidence. Strong leaders are predictable in their behaviour, consistent in their actions, and inspire loyalty and trust.
- Responsibility & Modelling the Way - leaders model the way through their personal example and their observable dedication. Strong leaders take ownership of situations, and are willing to share responsibility.
- Inspiring & Enabling Others – leaders see their vision, and then they communicate their vision in a manner that taps into and engages the dreams of others.
- Identifying & Empowering Role Models – strong leaders are humble and attribute their success to the example of others. Effective leaders identify individuals (peers, employees or supervisors) who possess leadership traits and empower them in their success.
Formal Dinner is a highly valued tradition at Women’s and a chance for the whole College to gather as a community. Held weekly during semester, residents wear academic dress and are treated to a special meal.
Guest speakers regularly come along to share inspirational stories about their career or field of expertise and residents have the opportunity to chat with guests before and after the meal.
Women’s also holds several celebratory dinners throughout the year to highlight residents’ special achievements. At the beginning of the year, the Academic Dinner recognises those scholars who have achieved exceptional results in the previous year. College bursaries, prizes and awards are distributed with family and distinguished guests present. At the end of the academic year, Women’s holds a series of dinners celebrating residents’ contribution to the Intercollege Competition. The Sports Dinner recognises those who have supported Women’s and performed well on the sporting field, while the Cultural Dinner highlights ICC achievements off the field. Full Blue and Half Blue awards are presented at both dinners. The final celebratory event of the year is the Valedictory Dinner during which those women not returning to College and those who are graduating from university are acknowledged. This is a bitter sweet event as the year concludes for all residents.
Student Club Executive
Being part of The Women's College's active Student Club is a great way to for students to develop leadership skills and community spirit. The Student Club is led by ten executive members elected by the student body. Under the governance of a student-drafted Constitution, the Student Executive organises numerous social, cultural and sporting activities throughout the year.They organise students to compete for the ICC Sport Shield and ICC Cultural Trophy as well as to become involved in social events, such as, the Women’s College 'At Home' event in first semester and the Women’s College Ball in second semester. There are informal weekly events with other Colleges to enjoy as well.The Club also coordinates the Women’s Community Service and Fundraising events for various charities in line with the College motto Capimus ut dividamus “We take so that we may share”.