Confident Female Leadership

Confident Female Leadership
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-07-25
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Women may “play small” due to societal biases and gender stereotypes. In the workplace, this creates adverse impacts on women’s career trajectory and confidence which hinders women’s professional growth and leadership opportunities. Brenda Dietzman explores the reasons for this phenomenon and what women can do to overcome this and grow confidence to become leaders.

One of Justice Clearinghouse’s favorite instructors, Brenda Dietzman provides evidence-based training solutions for individual and organizational improvement. She presents across the US and internationally on topics like resilience, leadership, and developing women leaders. She has more than 28 years of law enforcement and corrections experience and retired as the undersheriff for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office’s jail operations.

Specifics of this presentation include:

  • What confidence looks and feels like and why women tend to play small.
  • The human brain’s information receiving and processing ability, and how it creates shortcuts for decision-making through the concept of Bounded Rationality.
  • How the shortcuts created by the brain based on life experiences and what we’re exposed to as we were growing up contributes to the formation of biases.
  • The Heidi Roizen study that demonstrated how differently people perceive leadership qualities in men and women.
  • The difference in terms of the correlation of success and likeability for men and women.
  • How women are often faced with an “inner critic” – what it typically says, its purpose, and how it discourages women from acting assertive, decisive, and driven, reinforcing societal biases.
  • Strategies to address the inner by not silencing it, being pre-emptive to identify triggers, challenging the voice and taking risks, shifting the focus, naming it to tame it, and listening to the inner coach instead.
  • Strategies for women to grow confidence by:
    • Avoiding softening speech – what softening speech sounds like, and why women do this.
    • Practicing positive self-talk and being kinder to ourselves.
    • Observing physical actions and verbalizations that build up confidence and celebrates wins.
    • Leveraging body language through power posing, and other cues such as eye contact, open posture, and smiling that emanate confidence.
    • Visualizing scenarios especially hard conversations to practice how to handle these interactions and increase their likelihood of success.
    • Rewarding and celebrating our efforts and successes.
    • Focusing on making small improvements every day to facilitate growth and foster confidence.
    • Being with people who are optimistic and are rooting for you and becoming that person for other people.
    • Overcoming perfectionism by identifying priorities and spending time on things that bring joy.
    • Facing our fears, tracking our progress and success, understanding the risk, treating experiences as experiments, and leveraging self-doubt and insecurities as motivation.
  • How people see and feel power, and how power dynamics play out in different settings.
  • The concept of coercive power, power aversion theory, and how women view power.
  • The value in redefining the concept of power shifting from seeking power to giving power to others and collaborating to arrive at win-win situations.
  • The value of being true to oneself and embracing our uniqueness to make a positive contribution to the world.
  • How words and self-perception can build confidence.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • How women can be assertive and have command presence without negatively impacting their career.
  • Double standards on email etiquette for women.
  • How women, particularly women of color, are misconstrued to be difficult when demonstrating assertiveness.


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Audience Comments

  • “Brenda was very well-spoken on this topic. I have attended a similar presentation in the past but this was an awesome reminder that this is still an important problem that exists and we need to continue to have open and honest discussions about women being confident and having those leadership positions.” — Timothy
  • “I love attending webinars with Branda. She is so inspiring she has such great tips and she makes me feel proud to be myself when I hear her talk. More webinars from her, please!” — Dena
  • “Brenda is great! She provides relevant information and guidance.” — Brenda
  • “Brenda is so knowledgeable and I enjoy every webinar of hers. And I will continue to rewrite the rules!” — Bianca
  • “Amazing webinar, I will be watching for more from them fantastic presenter. Thank you!” — Tracy
  • “This was absolutely incredible. I love that she addressed coercive control and power OVER others and the difference between the type of power men seek, vs the type of power we hope women seek for a better world. While she didn’t call out patriarchal systems, she called out patriarchal systems and gender biases women face. As a domestic violence advocate, I was cheering and so grateful for her gentle candor and presentation. HUGE fan!” — Kimberly
  • “The presentation was full circle. It was more than just inspirational moments; it actually provided some actionable advice and things to implement.” — Kai
  • “Your webinars have been such a gift. Am quite frankly blown away by the quality of speakers, information, and delivery. This presentation was grounded with clear usable tangible tips on how to lean in/course correct. Also very much appreciate the edit to people being the sum of the 5 people in their life, that never sat well with me. Thank you!” — Stephanie




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Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) is an organization of individuals working together to foster awareness of the value that women bring to law enforcement. WIFLE’s goals include recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement occupations, and the continued development of an information sharing and support network. WIFLE promotes collaborative leadership styles and the development of programs and policies that balance community service with enforcement of the laws. WIFLE also serves as an information and resource network for women in federal law enforcement, domestically and internationally. WIFLE is a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in the federal law enforcement profession, a cornerstone to effectively serving communities across the country.



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