Executive Ready is a seven month leadership and career accelerator purpose designed to stretch mid-level leaders and rapidly propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. The program challenges participants to see themselves, their responsibilities and their opportunities with fresh eyes, enabling and inspiring them to achieve career and life goals. The significant emphasis on applied learning ensures participants rapidly enhance their leadership abilities along with their capacity and confidence to take on increased responsibility.​​​


Executive Ready is delivered through a sophisticated blend of face-to-face workshops, interactive webinars, peer coaching and self-directed learning. These elements are coordinated through a state of the art learning management system and carefully structured to enable participants to realise exceptional outcomes whilst continuing to be highly present and effective in their workplace environment.

The workshop days are segmented into three high impact sessions with breaks in-between. During the workshop days, participants explore new concepts and strategies and work collaboratively on real-time challenges. The unique format offers valuable insight informed by collective experience as well as reflective practice.

Virtual WORKSHOP Days

Participants undertake a capability assessment to evaluate their ability in key areas. Results from this assessment help inform each participant’s developmental focus and support them to achieve their objectives.​​

Capability Assessment​

Throughout the program, participants are free to connect with each other 24/7 through the online community of practice and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.​

Online Community of Practice​

Focused on rich discussion and debate relevant to each topic area, the interactive online sessions help to contextualise learning themes within real world situations, rapidly equipping participants to operationalise new approaches.​

Interactive  Webinars

Self-directed learning content is accessible 24/7 via a state of the art online learning management system that allows participants to engage with it at any time from any device.. Content includes high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, workplace activities and reflective tasks.​​

Self-directed Learning​

Through the leader as coach sessions participants will practice how to effectively deliver feedback and have meaningful, outcome driven coaching and mentoring conversations. Additionally, these sessions often lead to a deeper connection between peers and a better understanding and appreciation of each other’s challenges.​​

Leader as Coach Sessions​

Participants explore what it takes to be an effective leader using a strengths-based approach. This module introduces participants to a values-based leadership framework as they take a deep dive into the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership.​

This module commences with an exploration of one’s own preferred style of communication and the impact of one’s style on others. The module moves on to focus on effective communication and influencing at an interpersonal, departmental, and organisational level.​

During this module participants explore the practical implications of managing diverse and challenging groups. Participants examine the qualities shared by high performing teams and identify effective strategies to foster cultures that support optimal teamwork.

This module supports participants to provide feedback and motivate their team to exceed performance expectations. Participants identify key principles of performance management in order to ensure consistency with organisational objectives. This module also explores techniques involved in coaching others and building individual capability.​

This module focuses on the leadership skills involved in driving innovation and change. Participants critically discuss the application of relevant theory and explore the way in which innovation and change are inextricably intertwined. Participants then examine leadership challenges during times of crisis, gaining an understanding of the way in which leaders can build an agile and resilient organisation.​

This module challenges participants to ‘rethink’ their organisation’s purpose and strategy by exploring the external and internal environment, the assumptions that underpin them and their strategic response to them. They develop a heightened awareness of the systemic influences that impact their organisation and develop the capacity to see and challenge their own and others’ mental models. Participants explore ways to create an environment in which strategic thinking and on-going learning become a part of daily life.​

This module focuses on developing skills to hone a competitive edge. Participants will learn to develop effective work goals and behaviours to competently manage work priorities. They will also explore the critical elements of establishing personal work objectives, prioritising workload for optimum achievement and building on professional competence.​


Segmented into seven distinct but complimentary modules Executive Ready engages participants in a comprehensive exploration of effective leadership practice. Executive Ready is for women who want to deepen their leadership capability and develop greater self, team and organisational awareness. Enabling leaders to unlock the full potential of their staff, the program is ideal for supporting the progression of mid-level leaders in large and small organisations and independent business owners looking to transform business performance.

Leadership and Authenticit​y​

Communication, Presence and Influence​

Team Dynamics​

Driving Performance​

Leading Innovation and Change​​

Thinking Strategically​​

Purpose, Priorities and Professional Development​


All applicants enrolling into Executive Ready must satisfy WLNZ’s admissions criteria and adhere to standard admissions policies and procedures. Enrolments are at the discretion of the WLNZ Admissions Department. Due to the exclusive nature of the program, admission is based on a rigorous written application process. Places will only be awarded to applicants demonstrating the appropriate qualities to contribute meaningfully to the program and a cohort of their peers. Enrolment details may be obtained by contacting the WLNZ Admissions Department.

The standard program admission fee is $8,990 (+GST).

Please note: For the fully online program format the standard enrolment fee has been reduced from $8,990 to $7,490 (+GST). This reduction is intended to help ensure that critical development opportunities remain accessible to female leaders at this time. The enrolment fee covers all tuition and coaching, program related materials and access to the WLNZ online learning portal.

If you would like to speak to a program liaison call us on +61 3 9270 9000 or e-mail via the form opposite and we will be in touch.

An intensive leadership development program enabling exceptional performance, behaviours and mindsets

“Executive Ready will accelerate your abilities, ignite your passions, challenge your status quo and redefine your career and life expectations”.​​

7 months

Online &

middle to
senior leaders


Due to the current situation around COVID-19, Women & Leadership New Zealand has moved to a fully online delivery format for current intakes for all its flagship programs. This move ensures we can continue to offer high quality support and development to female leaders during this difficult time.

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Pathway to a world-class MBA

A partnership with Deakin University is now enabling professional women across the country to gain credit towards one of Australia’s most respected Master of Business Administration programs through their participation in the Executive Ready Program.

Under the partnership, Executive Ready graduates are able to use their participation in the program to apply for 4 units of credit towards Deakin’s internationally accredited MBA. This equates to 1/3 of the total MBA qualification.

Offering flexible and customisable learning options for busy working professionals, the quality and agility of the Deakin model made it a clear choice for WLNZ graduates. Deakin’s MBA can be undertaken wholly online or face-to-face, with residential programs, study tours and Masterclasses available to students in any study mode. Deakin’s online MBA is now ranked #1 in Victoria and is also top 20 in the world.

Interested parties must complete the Executive Ready program in line with established criteria and satisfy Deakin University’s statute, regulations, policies and procedures. For more information please contact the WLNZ Admissions Department.

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