Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2016 Contents 19
In a far reaching Women-
in-L eadership conversat ion
four panelists and more
than 90 audience members
talked about mentoring,
diversity and gender.
Guest speakers discussed
how they work to ensure that
women are fairly evaluated on
their skills, decision-making
and accomplishment s.
The following are edited
and condensed selections
from the conversation.
One of the first topics
covered was leadership st yle
and the panel was asked if
they had agreed or not with
a recent Fortune art icle about
leadership style which described
women leaders as “better than
men at empathy – sensing
the thought s and feelings
of others and responding in
some appropriate way. They
value reciprocal relationships
more highly than men do...
In a world that increasingly
favours leader ship based on
skills of personal interaction
rat her than on authority,
women have a head start.”
Kylie: I agree. Women
tend to be more flexible and
nurturing in order to bring
out the best in others...
Vision, resilience and capacity
Richly diverse in their experience, achievements and fields of expertise,
September’s RGS/Suncorp Business speakers shared their stories and encouraged
others to find their strengths and use their talents, writes Mike Donahue
Kim: I’m not sure I agree. I’m
collaborative and I want to bring
people along and inspire them
[but] I’ve had plent y of female
colleagues and bosses who
could not be empathetic. When
I first went into management I
remember waltzing into the boys’
brigade. Perhaps women learned
behaviours then that were more
directive than being empathetic.
Claudia: Other generat ions
have paved the way... My
experience [with male and
female leaders] has been equal,
but I think more people today
are happy to be led by women.
Karla: People work for people
and not organisations and good
traits are evident in males and
females. They are not gender
defined. Women have more
mastery of the language I
think. I’m more ruthless and
my male senior managers are
certainly more empathetic.
The conversation moved
onto the panelists’ individual
leadership style and where they
draw t heir inspiration from....
Kim: When I first started out
it was a lot of treading water
and doing the best I could
for the people around me. I
was energetic, motivated and
gung-ho. I used to put a lot of
thought into strategising, but
Pictured above,from left to right:
Kylie earned her Pharmacy Degree from The
University of Queensland and as a Queensland Health
scholarship recipient worked in rural and remote Queensland
communities. She was Townsville Hospital’s Outpatient &
Oncology Clinical Pharmacist and worked in aged care before
purchasing CQ Day & Night Pharmacy in 2007. At the time Kylie
was the only female owner of a Rockhampton pharmacy. An
RGS mum, she notes that while close to 70% of pharmacists
are women, less than 15% own community pharmacies.
Kim is CQUniversity’s Assoc. Vice-Chancellor (Rockhampton),
and Director, Business Development and Industry
Engagement. A recipient of the Queensland Government
Women’s Leadership award, the RGS parent supports
upcoming talent by coaching and mentoring. She began
teaching at TAFE Queensland 1991; was Head of Campus
at Rockhampton CQTAFE, as well as Director of Studies
Business & Humanities Faculty across Central Queensland.
Kim has extensive business development experience in
countries, such as China, Korea, Mongolia and USA.
Claudia is a Past student of RGS (2011). She co-created
and runs, with her sister, Britt (RGS 2008), Social Status.
Their creative agency helps brands get their social-media
presence right. Right on trend, on topic, on style, 24 -7.
As they told collectivehub.com in July, the sisters are self-
confessed social media addicts. Social Status came about
when they noticed some companies had been putting social
media at the bottom of their list of brand development.
Karla, an RGS parent, is the co-founder and CEO of
Undamine Industries and Coal Train, an underground mining
contractor and training provider, respectively. She is a
Telstra business women awardee, a former teacher and
educational psychologist. One of the largest contractors
in the state, her company works with global operators
such as Anglo America. Glencore, Xstrata and BMA.
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