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

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

Leadership and Authenticity​

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.​

As leaders assume more responsibility, the problems they solve become more complex and less able to be resolved by simple, technical solutions. The ability to properly identify problems, analyse them and make sound decisions becomes increasingly important. Participants will learn how the framing of a problem affects the analysis and decisions that stem from it. They will learn how their cognitive and emotional abilities work together to inform how they think, what information they pay attention to and how they make decisions. Participants will learn how to match decision making styles to the needs of the problem so that they can achieve commitment from those who must enact the solutions.​

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Communication, Presence and Influence​

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.​

Leading Innovation and Change​

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. They will also learn how to engage others in change, deal with resistance and manage stakeholders so that they can achieve their own change initiatives.​

Team Dynamics​

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.

 Driving Performance​ 

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.​

Purpose, Priorities and Professional Development​

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.​

Facilitated Group Work

Self Directed Learning

High Quality Video Tutorials

Video tutorials

Leadership Literature

Leadership Literature

Reflective Tasks

Reflective tasks

Workplace Activities

Workplace activities

Interactive Online Workshops / Webinars

Interactive workshops

Leaders as Coach Sessions

Leader as coach sessions

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​

Interactive Online Workshops / Webinars​

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.​

Self-directed Learning​

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.​

Leader as Coach Sessions​

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.​

Virtual Workshop Days​

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.

360°Feedback Tool

To gain greater awareness of their leadership impact, participants will administer a 360° Feedback Tool to their colleagues at the start of the program. The questionnaire is based on Women & Leadership Australia’s framework for Management and Leadership which embraces the following four domains:​

  • Building organisational culture
  • Achieving performance goals
  • Driving future direction
  • Enhancing personal effectiveness.


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.​

Applications now open

Applications now open

All applicants enrolling into Executive Ready must satisfy WLA’s admissions criteria and adhere to standard admissions policies and procedures. Enrolments are at the discretion of the WLA Admissions Department. Enrolment details may be obtained by contacting the WLA 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 $7,990 (+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 WLA online learning portal.

If you would like to speak to a program liaison call us on 1300 735 904 or e-mail enrolments@wla.edu.au

Enrolment Information and fees

Rebecca Cannon reviews WLA's Executive Ready program

Rebecca Cannon, Operations Manager at Atlas Equipment Finance, reviews WLA's Executive Ready program. Executive Ready is a seven-month part-time leadership development program for women middle-managers and leaders, enabling exceptional performance, behaviours and mindsets.

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 WLA 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 WLA Admissions Department.


Due to the current situation around COVID-19, Women & Leadership Australia 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.