Women in Construction Leadership


Organisation profile

Since it was established in 1954, IMI has partnered with thousands of organisations to identify gaps and accelerate their leadership capabilities, designing tailored solutions to equip leaders to drive sustainable growth. Ranked in the top 2% globally for executive education, IMI focuses on transformational learner experience and behavioural change to equip leaders with the capabilities and mindsets needed to build the future.

Training aim

Women in Construction Leadership is a programme for female leaders navigating today’s business landscape. When designing this programme, IMI and the 30% Club conducted a focus group with over 50 senior female leaders in Ireland. Based on these insights and other global research, the Women in Construction Leadership programme provides female executives an opportunity to come together and share their leadership experiences in a dynamic learning environment. With direct relevance and personal impact, the programme enables them to discover their authentic leadership identity while becoming equipped with tools and approaches to navigate today’s world of work, embrace change and become future-ready. This programme will help participants to understand their underused and hidden strengths, their inhibitors, and their impact on others.

Learning objectives

Participants will:

+ Increase their leadership impact, drive long-term personal and professional change, and become a role model for others.

+ Explore where they are in their career, articulate the leadership challenges facing them in today’s workplace, and develop capabilities to overcome these challenges.

+ Design and articulate their Personal Leadership Blueprint: identifying their career and leadership ambitions, and defining their purpose, direction and leadership impact they want to make.

+ Learn a range of skills: influencing and persuasion, creating constructive conversations, expanded listening, speaking to be heard and collaborative feedback approaches that work.

+ Learn powerful but simple embodiment techniques to centre and ground themselves, maintain their balance within a competitive workplace, and make them more resilient leaders.

+ Understand their personal presence or ‘gravitas', enhance their executive presence to influence and inspire others

Course outline

This course is 2 x 2day modules. Participants also receive 2 x one-to-one executive coaching sessions to enhance their leadership journey and accelerate their achievements. Participants also complete an EQi assessment which is debriefed in one of the coaching sessions.

Trainer's profile

Fiona Buckley is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker and executive coach in the areas of Leadership, Work Behaviour and Interpersonal Skills. Before setting up her own business Fiona held a number of senior corporate roles spanning 15 years with her last position being VP of Professional Services for a US tech company. She has worked in both small, medium and large organisations throughout her career, leading teams. 

Fiona is Associate faculty with the IMI and Chartered Accountants Ireland and delivers training on both custom and open public programmes. Fiona has also lectured in DCU. Fiona  regularly delivers corporate training and masterclasses to organisation across all sectors to clients. 

Fiona is a sought after regular keynote speaker at conferences and events and is a trained professional Improviser and stage performer which contributes to a unique delivery style with excellent influencing and interpersonal skills. Fiona is known for her enthusiasm and authenticity in her delivery which is regularly featured in feedback from her events & courses. 

Appearing on National TV and national newspapers over the years, Fiona is often found discussing her views on a wide range of organisational issues and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Business Post. 

Fiona has an MSc in Organisational Psychology and holds an Advanced Diploma in Executive and Personal Coaching from Kingstown College.

Course duration

This course is 2 x 2day modules. 

Assessment & certification

An e-certificate of attendance is presented upon programme completion. 

Who should attend

The Women in Construction Leadership programme is designed for aspiring and developing women leaders in the construction and engineering sectors who are seeking to accelerate their career and personal development in a highly competitive and fast paced industry, including:

+ Women aspiring to and preparing for more senior management positions

+ Women exploring career options and ambitions