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Critical Success Factors for Women Leaders
with Sara King

Date: May 08, 2018
Session Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location Information:
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
2712 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77098
Session Description
In 1986, Ms. King was a part of the team that published the first seminal research, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”, on women leaders. With over 25 years of experience in working with women leaders, Ms. King has learned even more about success and derailment factors for women. In this session, women leaders will examine their own profile of success and areas for development. They will also focus on the key ingredients that continue to hold women back: not developing and articulating a leadership vision, not paying attention to the political landscape, and not strengthening the breadth and depth of relationships. They will leave this session with practical tools and individual insights to apply in their current roles.

Sara N. King is principal of Optimum Insights, Inc., a private consulting firm, that is devoted to helping leaders assess their potential and increase their performance. In this capacity, Sara serves as an executive coach, workshop designer, facilitator and author. During 25 years in leadership development, she has served thousands of executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits.  Sara’s commitment to quality and excellence in client service has relationship has continued for twenty years with Sara as the lead designer and facilitator in the client’s flagship leadership program. Sara spent 23 years at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research. For 10 years, she ran the Center’s largest global business unit with a team located in Asia, Europe and three locations in the United States.Sara has recently revised her book Discovering the Leader in You (originally published in 2001), which highlights the importance of a conscious decision to lead and offers a framework for developing leadership vision, values and skills. The updated version (2011), co-authored with David G. Altman and Robert J. Lee, is now available as a joint publication of CCL and the Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series.
Time Allocation - Topics

10% Success and Derailment 

  • Understanding success and derailment in your organization
  • Self -assessment to understand your strengths and areas for development

30% Success and Derailment for Women Leaders

  • What we know about women leaders since “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”?
  • How women leaders grow and develop 
  • Charting a plan for continuing success

15% Leadership Effectiveness and Vision

  • The importance of vision
  • Elements of an effective vision
  • Developing your vision 

30% Success and Navigating the Political Environment

  • Self-assessment on political skills
  • Six critical political skills
  • Network Map Tool 
  • Strategies for Strengthening Your Network

15% Work with peer partners

  • Sharing assessment results and insights
  • Action planning


Guide to Participant Selection
1 indicates primary target audience.
2 indicates a good fit if the level of material is appropriate.
3 indicates (in the opinion of the institute and the faculty) very limited applicability.
Senior Executive
(Pres, Exec & Sr VP)
(VP & Gen'l Mgr)
Senior Managers
(Div & Reg. Mgrs)
Middle Managers
& Superintendents
Presence, Political Skills, Developmental Perspective, Interpersonal Relations
Generate and Obtain Plan Support
Coordination, Follow-Up

Introductory    Intermediate    Advanced
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