Last September, we told you that Women & Leadership International (WLI) were offering UK female health workers the chance to attend their Leading Edge leadership development program on a scholarship basis. It meant that whoever proved successful in their application would receive significant funding towards the £2500 tuition fees.
Step forward Megan Williams, a 28 year old paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance Service who completed the course in July whilst working continuously throughout the pandemic.
Megan said: “It was definitely difficult at times when things were ramping up at work but I’m so glad I stuck with the program. Because I have to operate as a clinical leader on scene I thought that if I improved my leadership skills not only would it be beneficial to my crewmates but also to my patients. I now feel like I can communicate better, know how to get the best out of people and have a greater understanding of people’s reactions and behaviours. So, whether I go into management or a more specialised role in the future, I know this course will hold me in good stead for what is to come.”
Delivered part-time, over five months in an online format, Leading Edge aims to equip participants with the knowledge and behavioural insights required for successful leadership.
Attendees can work in any industry but this year, Women & Leadership International were particularly keen to appeal to women working in the health sector.
A spokesperson for WLI said: “This is because even though the workforce of health care workers are mainly women, the senior level of organisations are mainly populated by men. Our aim is to enable pathways and opportunities for women to progress into higher management and leadership levels as a result of participation in these programs.”