Resources - Women in Leadership

It’s a well known fact that women bring a different view, life skills and diversity to the table, whether this be in a management or governance position.  There is no doubt that women have a different perspective, and a balanced approach to decision making benefits the organisation which these women serve.

We have developed a number of resources and useful links to help you on your journey.

Useful resources

Assess your Board Strengths
my board strengths is a confidential on line self-assessment. The survey queries you about your current skills and experiences in a number of areas which board members may be required to have. At the end of the self-assessment you will have an individualised report on the types of governance roles you are suitable for, based on your current experience. It will also analyse your governance strengths and provide suggestions about how to develop these further.

Nominations Service online form
The Ministry's nominations service facilitates the appointment of women to state sector boards and committees. If you are interested in governance, join our database by completing the form below with as much detail as possible. We will use the information you provide to nominate you for suitable positions.

Tips for writing a governance CV
CVs are required to gain most governance roles. A governance CV highlights different things than a management CV. You need a good governance CV to make sure it gives you the best possible chance of being considered for a board role. Nominations services within organisations like the Ministry for Women also need your CV so they can include you in their search when appointing agencies seek board nominees from them. The appointing agency will use your CV as part of their selection process to assess your experience and achievements.

Ministry for Women’s LinkedIn page
The Nominations Service occasionally posts governance opportunities on the Ministry’s LinkedIn page. The Ministry also posts articles and other resources which may be of interest to you.

2014 results for the Ministry’s Gender Stocktake of State Boards and Committees
The Gender Stocktake of State Sector Boards and Committees is undertaken annually by the Ministry for Women (Ministry of Women’s Affairs). We count the Ministerial appointments to state sector boards and committees as at 31 December. The results of the 2014 stocktake are now available on the Ministry’s website.

Reading Material

Jill Atkinson has kindly supplied a list of useful reading material from the 'Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Series' she attended. If you are looking to upskill, expand your horizons or simply be inspired, there are over 20 different books on the list. The list includes a short synopsis of each book.

Happy reading! Click here to view the list. We encourage you to use our LinkedIn page to review anythignyou do read or to add more suggestions.

Other organisations/websites

Institute of Directors – Creating a governance CV
The Institute of Directors provides some clear advice on how to prepare a governance CV. There is also a CV template which can download from their website.

Institute of Directors - general guides

Institute of Directors– useful tools, how to network, templates

The Treasury – board appointments
The Treasury also operates a database where you can view and apply for governance opportunities. Treasury is responsible for managing, on behalf of responsible Ministers of the New Zealand government, the board appointments to 54 companies and entities.

Appoint Better Boards
Appoint Better Boards allows organisations seeking directors to connect with individuals wanting to share their governance experience. They also provide organisations with advice regarding how to create and recruit better boards.

Women on Boards New Zealand
Women on Boards advocates for greater gender diversity on boards in New Zealand. They aim to bring through the next generation of board ready women by providing tools and empowerment through education to assist them to achieve their governance goals.

Professionelle is a networking group which is dedicated to advancing women's careers by researching, understanding and addressing the needs of all working women in New Zealand.

National Equal Opportunities Network – articles, information

Linked in Group for Women in leadership or governance roles in Sport

Ethnic Affairs – articles, events to encourage ethnic women into leadership and board positions

Ministry for Women – tools, resources, information

Linked in Group – Canterbury Women in Leadership

Article from Grant Thornton - Women in leadership worldwide

Springboard – a not for profit group that encourages and develops the next generation of New Zealand directors and promotes age diversity around the board table

Federation of Business and Professional Women

EY - Entrepreneurial Winning Women - This executive leadership programme identifies a select group of high potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to upscale  – and helps them do it.


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