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Dr Barbara Watterston is a respected Australian author, leadership researcher and professional learning facilitator. In this episode, Barbara encourages aspiring female leaders in Queensland independent schools to break down gendered stereotypes of leaders and challenge their own perceptions and expectations.

Barbara has undertaken extensive research on school and system leadership and more recently unpacked how successful female leaders have overcome external and internal barriers to occupy decision-making roles in schools.

She says, “The message behind all of this, for all of us, men and women, whatever gender you are, is to create your own unique perspective of leadership that works for you, that is authentic for you and allows your strengths to flourish, but equally knowing where your challenges are and having those guides on the side and other key mentors to support you in that role.”

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