This is in line with goals expressed in the broader union movement and succession planning, looking towards the future of our movement and of the IEUA. With women making up around 70% of our membership, the goal is for the IEUA leadership profile to reflect this by connecting women with professional development opportunities and activities. This was the birth of the program IEUA BOLD: Building Our Leadership Development. What is leadership? Leadership is the capacity to integrate, motivate and mobilise others. It is not simply positional. It is behavioural. Women can be leaders in different aspects of their lives. Women are leaders in our Union structures, in schools and in our communities. They are leaders in both their personal and professional lives. Drawing on the feedback from the conference and from the survey, the IEUA developed a BOLD Program to assist women in recognising and developing their leadership skills and further enhancing these abilities. Standing together, women can support each other to be bold leaders.
A BOLD action plan Essential to BOLD union women’s leadership development is an action plan. The IEUA Women and Equity Committee developed a guide to help women construct their own BOLD action plan towards leadership goals. The guide contains a series of questions and actions which aim to assist women to assess their strengths, their interests and to provide a step by step approach to the development of leadership goals. Importantly the guide is designed to be shared with colleagues who are also developing action plans. IEUA BOLD Facebook group The IEU Women and Leadership Facebook Group provides IEU women across Australia with the opportunity to network and share their stories, their expertise and knowledge with each other on their journey towards becoming Bold Leaders for our union and for the education sector. It will also provide an opportunity to highlight available professional development opportunities.
IEUA BOLD webinars The IEUA BOLD program is excited by our partnership with the TLN (Teacher Learning Network). IEUA BOLD women came together through TLN to discuss leading and leadership in work and in life. The webinar format enables participants from all over the country to come together, and those who were not able to participate could access the webinar at their leisure. The webinars are held once a month; if you are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org IEUA BOLD Women in Action Already there are a number of great goals being achieved by IEUA women who have taken steps to develop and enhance their leadership potential. IEUA members who are interested in finding out more about the BOLD program and activities in their state should contact email@example.com