Save the date! Daring, inclusive, feminist leadership 

‘Leadership is defined as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential”

– Brene Brown

WorkUP Queensland’s ‘Daring, Inclusive, Feminist’ Leadership’ series brings people across Queensland together to explore what it means to ‘lead daringly’.

In our latest online session, facilitated by Jan Ungerer Director Insightful Communications, we were joined by a host of inspiring people including Bri Lee, legal academic, author and advocate, who inspired us with snippets of her story and the leadership insights gained along the way.

The Healing Foundation CEO Fiona Cornforth (formerly Petersen) shared, from the heart, her reflections on leadership, including what it means to have a high-profile, outward-facing role centred around driving change. Gabrielle Borggaard, Owner and Principal Consultant at Inner Vision Consulting, provided some practical insights into what makes a good leader in the domestic violence sector.

Here are four of their key insights for enacting daring leadership:

1. Make space at the top. Encourage all women to lead, understanding that this looks different for everyone.

2. Be authentic. Remind yourself every day ‘I am enough’.

3. Take care of yourself. Maintain your passion, but do it in a way that doesn’t exhaust or deplete you.

4. Create a legacy. Not a statue that can break, but a living thing.

If you would like to explore further insights from the leadership symposium individually or as part of your team, please download the Leadership Resource. This is a simple resource with some key insights, questions and a reflective tool to assist you to do so.

Our next leadership symposium will focus on what it means to be an inclusive leader. We will be announcing speakers in our Facebook group soon, so be sure to join here.

Register here for the next symposium, in Brisbane on 30 July. For more information, contact Christine on 0400 999 184 or  

Thank you for everyone who joined us last time, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Feedback from participants:

‘The panel was amazing, very high level, lots of experience.’

‘This was extremely well done and engaging for our entire time.’

‘Reassuring – this work is hard … necessary, and worth it.’