Homeward Bound is a transformational leadership initiative for women with a background in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine), from around the world.
The program has four core development components, or ‘Streams’: leadership , strategy, visibility and science. These are delivered during a 12-month program, with online content and collaborative learning (11 months), and face-to-face on the ground in Ushuaia, Argentina (pre-voyage) and also on-board ship voyaging to Antarctica. Additionally, a Wellbeing Team ensures a focus on psychological safety and wellbeing throughout the program.
The key components are woven together into an integrated program, delivered by an expert global faculty. The live program is also supported by recorded content from leading experts and influencers within their fields. The program comprises lectures, personal and leadership development tools, coaching sessions, visibility training and the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations – in forums, in teams with a focus on areas of interest, and in small diverse cohorts.
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The Leadership program aims to provide insight into participants’ leadership mindset and style, and the impact this has on their ability to act as a leader in our world. A range of diagnostic tools are used – Life Styles Inventory™ and 4MAT – supported by dedicated coaching. Participants work on developing and articulating purpose and values, explore motivation for leading, emotional intelligence and how to manage difficult conversations.
A key objective of Homeward Bound is to establish a global community to collaborate towards impactful outcomes. The Science component of the program provides education to enable a shared understanding on particular topics, including the Antarctic environment. The program leverages the collective knowledge and expertise of the participants to collaborate on chosen projects. Participants also learn about each other through the ‘Symposium at Sea’ presentations that each participant makes on board.
A key gap between the will to lead and the ability to lead is finding and projecting your voice – being visible, which means networking, presenting, public speaking, speaking up in meetings, using social media, writing, media engagement and influencing. Participants are guided to visualise themselves in the future, and to create a new narrative around their professional and personal visionary goals. From this, a visibility plan is developed and aligned with their personal strategy map.
This component provides an understanding of how to map strategy in order to clarify and communicate it, and then prioritise and align resources to make strategy happen. Strategic capability is explored in both an organisational and personal context. The personal strategy map is used as the framework to bring together the learning from the whole program, to establish a basis on which to make the conscious choices required to live a more purposeful life, and to embed new behaviours into habits.
This team touches all streams and aspects of the Homeward Bound experience.
The on-board clinician provides holistic mental health support to participants and on-board faculty for the Antarctic voyage, at the individual and group levels, to ensure the development of a psychologically safe environment as a basis for transformational leadership change. The team work together to ensure wellbeing considerations are factored into program design and delivery.