Women in Leadership: Testimonials from Peel Regional Police
There is a lot of research about the role of women in leadership and some of the unique, gender based challenges that occur. I work with women across many sectors who are seeking to fully bring themselves to their work.
Peel Regional Police, in particular, has really focused in on the women within their organization. Women leaders who have worked for 20 plus years have joined together to create options for learning and growth to support other women in the organization.
One path that we have developed together is the Women in Leadership program. In this program, all women are seen to be leaders using Brene Brown’s definition of leadership: “a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and in processes and has the courage to develop that potential.” Through two half-day workshops, skills to become a more coach-like leader are taught. These new skills are then practiced on real-time challenges over the next 3 months in smaller coaching circles.
What we are seeing is incredible connections, increases in confidence, strengthened communication, and culture-changing conversations that bridge the sworn and civilian members.
I am proud and honoured to share these reflections from some of the participants on the last day of the program.
Inspector Shelley Thompson and Type Coach
Meet Inspector Shelley Thompson from Peel Regional Police Services.
Through her work with Heather Clayton Consulting, she was introduced to the tool, Type Coach. In Shelley's words, it is one of the most valuable resource tools she has used as part of her leadership development.
Heather Clayton Consulting & Peel Police
In addition to other police services, over the past 18 months, I have worked closely with approximately 400 leaders at Peel Regional Police in individual coaching sessions, leaders coaching circles, Intentional Leadership Training courses, and symposiums for Women in Leadership and Senior Leaders.
Together we have made huge strides in their already brilliant leadership teams and systems.
Happy and well deserved National Police Week to everyone at Peel Regional Police.