Women in Leadership Programme

In 2014, Forbes constructed a list of key leadership traits.  They found the best female leaders have circular vision that enables them to be well-rounded people.  These women are master multi-taskers and highly collaborative.  They enjoy their own space to test themselves and find their own rhythm.  The most successful women leaders invest in themselves and become knowledge seekers.  

With this module-based course, women will evaluate their current strengths and development needs, share success stories, and develop key behaviours for leadership success.  


By the end of this course successful participants will be able to:

  • Identify their leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Clarify and communicate their fundamental values and beliefs
  • Set the example for others by aligning their actions with shared values
  • Express their image of the future
  • Inspire others to share a common vision
  • Search for opportunities to change and improve
  • Experiment with innovative ideas and learn from accompanying mistakes
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust
  • Strengthen the ability of others to excel
  • Identify the habits needed to be truly effective
  • Exceed goals and expectations
  • Take ownership for performance and development
  • Manage office politics
  • Manage senior relationships
  • Create circles to leverage the power of peer support
  • Identify what is holding you back



  • Leadership and management 
  • Influence 
  • Delivering results

Course content

The Women in Leadership programme is centred on four key modules:

  • Leading Up
  • Leading Down
  • Leading Out
  • Leading In
Leading Up
  • Managing your boss
  • Managing your bosses boss

Leading Down
This module is The Leadership Challenge that addresses the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • Model The Way
  • Inspire A Shared Vision
  • Challenge The Process
  • Enable Others To Act
  • Encourage The Heart

Leading Out

  • The leadership ambition gap
  • Moving up the corporate ladder
  • Getting advice from others
  • Speaking openly and having your voice heard
  • Accepting praise
  • Building peer circles
  • Balancing work and home responsibilities

Leading In

  • Understanding yourself
  • Renewing yourself
  • Self-development
  • Personal effectiveness

Learning outcome

Completion of all modules will provide women participants with a complete set of leadership skills to address their current career challenges and the tools to achieve future leadership goals.

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