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Queer Leadership 101 (Part 3) : Authenticity and Self-Expression.

Authentic Leadership: Being true to ourselves as Queer Leaders calls us to draw on the very essence of our values, beliefs principles, unique expression of our identities, and lived experiences. It's not just about 'coming out' at work, but more recognising that as LGBTQ+ leaders we have most likely adopted the styles or traits of our heteronormative counterparts in order to 'fit in'. Authentic leadership fundamentally begins with the will and commitment to unlearn what we think we know and work on ourselves; understanding who we are, what we really stand for and taking responsibility for the impact our behaviours have on others. 

What is 'Queer Leadership'?

Queer Leadership isn't just about representation, visibility or hierarchy (what's on the outside). It's about looking inside and practicing leadership at every level in a way that enables all of us to thrive - both personally and professionally.

Queer Leadership is celebrating our unique strengths, prioritising authenticity, embracing our queerness, listening to our bodies, applying compassion, influencing with integrity, transforming our state of awareness and challenging 'the norm’. 

When we practice Queer Leadership, we open ourselves up to new exciting possibilities as leaders - within our organisations, but also as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Join this webinar series to: 

-  Understand better your actions, thoughts and beliefs as a leader

-  Help normalise the discussion of stigmatised LGBTQ+ issues

-  Discover new self-care tools for managing your own mental health and wellbeing

-  Feel empowered having discovered new information about yourself

-  Refresh and recalibrate your core values

-  Become more intuitive with the decisions you make

-  Increase the positive impact you could have in the world


Maylis Djikalou 

Michael Stephens


We Create Space is the Self-Empowerment Platform for Queer Leaders and Change-Makers.

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  • Michael Edward Stephens
    Michael Edward Stephens
    Michael spent over 10 years working in leadership positions for some of the world’s most respected British brands within the fashion, travel and retail industries - including i-D Magazine, Vice Media, Liberty London, Ted Baker and Virgin Atlantic. After a series of life changing events, Michael diverted from this career path to become a mental health and wellbeing advocate, promoting the importance and value of prioritising self-care, specifically within the creative and LGBTQ+ communities. He does this through his own channels, orchestrating relevant conversations and partnerships, as well as through Create Space, his retreat and workshop business. Michael also runs his own not-for-profit organisation, WE CREATE SPACE, providing free monthly online well-being workshops within the LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Maylis Djikalou
    Maylis Djikalou
    Programme Director
    Maylis is a transformation coach and consultant who has worked at the intersection of creative and mental health industries for the last ten years; curating international events and strategic partnerships to promote wellbeing in the workplace as a competitive advantage. She is also Programme Director at WE CREATE SPACE, the LGBTQ+ self-empowerment platform, designing learning and development experiences that support Queer Leaders with becoming the most impactful version of themselves - inside their own communities and organisations.
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