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service but in leadership and management
more generally, the senior-level work is
increasingly about being more
consultative and participative. We're
dealing with much more complex issues
today, which require . . . a more
consultative, collaborative approach to
decision-making. I think that women in
general operate more ably in this
collaborative kind of environment.
I think women are going to be much
more suited to tomorrow's leadership
roles, because of the multidisciplinary
approach that we're now required to
Godwin herself has worked in agencies
often regarded as bastions of men,
including Customs and Immigration. But
she says she found no cultural barriers to
women advancing in those workplaces.
The onus, she says, is on individual
women ''to grab their opportunities and
make the best of a situation''.
And while having only three female
departmental secretaries shows that the
APS remains some distance from
equality, she expects the next decade to
bring rapid changes. ''Just look at the
number of women in the feeder groups
coming through. The really significant
point is that the age of women in these
higher classifications is much younger
than the men . . . It's just a matter of time:
the split is going to be much more even.''
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