Women's Leadership Studios: Serbian trainer coached two groups

European trainer Tanja Petovar helped local self-government, community and civil service female leaders to master self-management tools at the three-day training sessions of Women's Leadership Studio held on March 15-17 and 22-24.

Tanja, MA in Law, coach with extensive international experience, former Human Rights Lawyer, and Director of the Oxford Leadership Academy Innovative Centre in South East Europe – SEE Innovative Centre shared the rules of her life, helped participants to establish their own and to clarify personal goals and purpose, motivated leaders to think about permanent process of reinventing themselves, and demonstrated exercises aiming to improve one’s focus needed for further professional and personal development.

Prior to this training almost all participants used SWOT analysis for their projects and organizations, but no one used its adapted version for personality analysis before. Several leaders noted this exercise and information on counteraction to negative thinking patterns assisted in discovering new dimensions of their personalities.

Participants analyzed cases and took part in the debates. Some even expressed an idea to offer five-day training instead of three-day session to the following groups. Short walk outdoor in silence to reflect on certain tasks and to focus on implementation of own vision was part of the day program. Leaders commented the training sessions helped to recharge, to reinvent themselves, to expand the contacts list of like-minded women and to find additional motivation. According to one of the participants: "This training is absolutely necessary for all women! It will help to reach not only professional goals, but personal as well."

Upon completion of the training, 32 representatives of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions received certificates.

Women's Leadership Studios is operating within the framework of the "Centre for Gender Culture as a Platform for the Empowerment of Women and Youth" project supported by the EU.

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