In a KPMG study, women said that leadership training (57%), confidence-building (56%), decision-making (48%), networking (47%), and critical-thinking (46%) are the most important aspects of supporting and preparing women to pursue leadership roles.
Three in four (76%) women wish they would have learned more about leadership when they were growing up, and that they had more opportunities to learn how to lead when they were growing up.
Eighty-six per cent of women remember being taught to be nice to others growing up, but only 44% remember being taught to be a good leader and only 34% were taught to share their point of view.
Through the programs we fund, the Canadian Women’s Foundation promotes leadership skills in the following ways:
The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute, established in partnership with the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, was designed to ensure that the next generation of female leaders in Canada’s nonprofit sector has the leadership skills they need to effectively manage change, build the sector, and become a force of change for women and girls. More than 70 mid-career women in the non-profit sector have received leadership training through this pilot project.
Many of the girls’ programs funded by the Foundation have a mentorship component, providing younger girls access to mentors, and training older girls to become mentors. We also fund violence prevention and economic developmentprograms for women that provide participants opportunities to become a mentor or work with a mentor.
Women- and girl-led programs
We invest in community programs that encourage women and girls to help shape the programs they attend. This helps participants develop leadership skills and become role models in their communities.
Amplifying the voices of women and girls
We invest in programs that help women and girls to find their voices, speak their minds, challenge gender stereotypes, and discover and celebrate their strengths.
Women are often overlooked for leadership roles because they do not fit the mold of an “ideal leader.” That’s why the Foundation advocates for inclusive leadership, which is collaborative and welcomes the most marginalized voices.