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Lead with confidence

Learn to manage relationships successfully

The UCT GSB Developing Women in Leadership course is designed for aspiring women leaders who are interested in self-development, career advancement and personal fulfilment. This unique five-day course equips women to become more self-aware, connect more authentically with others and to successfully manage relationships – from direct reports to peers, managers and other stakeholders. 


30 August - 3 September 2021


30 July 2021


R26 250


Although the challenges facing female leaders are not unique, the fact remains that there are fewer women in leadership positions than men. The UCT GSB Developing Women in Leadership course empowers aspiring women leaders to do as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg advises in Lean In: to "keep their hands up". It builds a foundation for skills such as networking, collaborating, communicating and leading with confidence.

Delegates are guided through building relationships as a leadership practice and given the tools to move forward in leadership, including the support of a learning companion.

The UCT GSB is globally recognised and one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.


“I walked out of this course knowing how to approach and implement change [in the workplace].”
- Bongiwe Mbongwe, Owner of Classic Options, Developing Women in Leadership Short Course Graduate

“I developed a leadership framework around what, why and how [challenges in leadership are ] happening and what my role is and how to make it better not only for myself, but for women who come after me.”
- Anita Ginwala, Legal and Compliance Manager at Just Retirement Life (SA) Limited, Developing Women in Leadership Short Course Graduate

“I learned how women are struggling all over the world. I’ve also learned a lot about myself-esteem and confidence. We gained a lot of tools to become better professionals.”
- Maria Pacheco Pereira, Supervisor at Procter & Gamble Panama, Developing Women in Leadership Short Course Graduate


As a businesswoman, you will benefit highly from this course if you:

  • Are interested in self-development, career advancement and personal fulfilment
  • Want an opportunity to evaluate yourself and benefit from feedback from your peers
  • Want to increase your ability to confidently lead and influence others
  • Want to build skills such as networking, communication and collaboration

Delegates on the Developing Women in Leadership course will gain:

  • An understanding of organisations, power and politics
  • An understanding of the impact of broader gender issues on women in leadership
  • Increased confidence in leading and influencing others
  • Awareness of personal intention and impact
  • Increased self-awareness, and commitment to continue the process
  • Skills in negotiating, coaching and giving feedback
  • Skills to make dual careers tenable
  • A network of colleagues with whom they have a shared powerful experience

The core areas of this course are:

  • Personal mastery
  • Leadership presence
  • Building relationships for impact

The course allows aspiring female leaders to become more self-aware, connect more authentically with others as an inspiring presence, and manage relationships successfully across a broad spectrum – from direct reports to peers, managers and other stakeholders.

The course also addresses Impostor Syndrome – a persistent lack of self-belief – and how to tackle it.


If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with a link to apply to this course.

Students need to arrange their own accommodation.

In Cape Town, accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge, on the GSB campus, at special rates.

15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

Course Convenor

Sue has been in the learning and development consultancy business since 1989, based in Cape Town, but with national and international clients. Her prior corporate experience spanned 12 years, mainly in the chemical industry where she held Learning & Development and generalist HR Management positions at AECI Modderfontein near Johannesburg. 

Sue’s current clients include multinational and local companies in education, alternative energy, financial services, education, retail, and manufacturing. Typical assignments include learning design, personal development, coaching skills and executive coaching, as well as interventions to help companies and individuals deal with change. She also develops, implements and validates selection and assessment processes and tools. She has spoken at conferences and published in practitioner journals in the UK, South Africa and Australia.


Jenny has designed and facilitated programmes, on behalf of the GSB, for various organisations in South Africa and neighbouring countries, such as Old Mutual, NIPC, Rainbow Farms, Pam Golding Properties, Richards Bay Coal Terminal, and Southern African Customs Union. She is course convenor for The New Manager, one of the GSB's flagship Executive Education short courses.

Jenny has a BA (Hons) and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Specialising in marketing and strategy, before joining the GSB she worked in a variety of environments such as a research unit at the University of Cape Town, the motor car industry, the clothing industry in Cape Town, and financial services, where she gained valuable corporate experience at Old Mutual, Southern Life, and Woolworths Financial Services. Jenny's current focus is executive education and coaching within professional development. She is particularly interested in understanding how adults learn, and what provides the greatest leverage in developing confidence in leadership.  Jenny is an accredited Insights Discovery Practitioner.


Makgathi is a registered Arts Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, has taught psychology at two universities (Vista University and Rand Afrikaans University), has worked as a therapist and coach, and has designed and facilitated various programmes. 

She received her Masters Degree in Dance Movement Therapy at Antioch Graduate School in New Hampshire (through a Fulbright Scholarship), and a Doctoral Degree in Psychology at Rand Afrikaans University, in Johannesburg. Makgathi is also an internationally certified yoga teacher. 

Makgathi's work largely centres on personal development, and references the self, within the context of a larger team, community or system. Her learning methodology is integrative in nature, draws on the emotional, embodiment, spiritual and mental intelligences, and has a strong focus on intentionality and will. 

Outside of teaching, Makgathi currently co-runs The Mothertongue Project - a Woman Arts NPO based in Cape Town - and is an independent consultant in the field of leadership development.


The Developing Women in Leadership course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.