Developing Women Leaders

The Developing Women Leaders online short course provides a unique nine-week learning opportunity that lays a foundation for skills such as networking, collaborating, use of power, communication, leading and following.

The course kicks off the journey to self-awareness with a fascinating look at the psychometric tool based on the work by Carl Jung - the Insights Discovery. This tool uses the concepts of colour energy to help you understand yourself as a leader: your strengths, weaknesses and the value you bring to a team. These insights will begin the journey of reflection and growth that this course presents. 

This course makes use of synchronous and asynchronous learning, with opportunities for independent, self-paced learning, offset by group sessions to reflect, discuss and debate. Scheduled webinars provide unique opportunities to engage with faculty and fellow aspiring women leaders, to draw on one another's experiences and insights. The core areas of this course – personal mastery, leadership presence, and building relationships for impact – allow 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. 

QUICK FACTS
COURSE DATES

8 Mar - 10 May 2021
9 weeks online

APPLICATION DEADLINE

TBC

TUITION FEE

R17 999

CURRICULUM
COURSE OUTLINE

A two-week orientation module and seven one-week content modules

ORIENTATION MODULE
  • Orientation of the MasterStart Online learning platform
  • Orientation and introduction to the Developing Women Leaders online short course
MODULE ONE – PERSONAL MASTERY
  • Develop self-awareness and self-understanding
  • Improve understanding and meaningful connection with others
  • Improve confidence in interacting with colleagues, team members and your network
MODULE TWO – LEADERSHIP PRESENCE
  • Explore the practical meaning of leadership presence
  • Examine your own presencing pattern
  • Experiment with different strategies to power your current style
  • Develop recognition of the impact of presenting yourself in your context
MODULE THREE – BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR IMPACT – PART 1
  • Explore your conflict handling style and its implications for using power and creating impact and influence
  • Explore principles of effective feedback in the context of building relationships
  • Practise a broader set of interpersonal skills
MODULE FOUR – NAVIGATING ORGANISATIONAL POWER AND POLITICS
  • Deepen your understanding of organisational change
  • Explore the dynamics of diverse identities within organisations
  • Explore how power and rank influence organisational politics
  • Engage with organisational edges such as communication barriers and modern forms of exclusion
MODULE FIVE – BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR IMPACT – PART 2
  • Identify and manage self-limiting assumptions and the impact of the ‘imposter phenomenon’
  • Explore how to negotiate at work and home for what you need
  • Practise coaching, giving feedback, challenging, negotiating and contracting skills
MODULE SIX – WORKPLACE REALITIES
  • Discuss the challenges faced by women in the workplace, gender bias and issues of intersectionality
  • Examine the implications of ‘think manager, think male’ and the ‘sticky floor’ syndrome
  • Explore ways in which organisations and their employees (both women and men) can strive towards a more inclusive work environment
  • Engage in a dialogue on topical issues affecting women
MODULE SEVEN – CONSOLIDATE AND CELEBRATE
  • Integrate and connect what you have learnt
  • Identify opportunities to apply what is personally relevant and meaningful for your growth as a leader
  • Commit to being accountable for implementing your developed skills in your professional as well as personal life
  • Celebrate yourself and the development journey you have been on
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Stable internet connection
  • Access to a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • Basic computer and internet skills
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you’d like more information or if you would like to apply for this course, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with an application link.

This course is ideal for women who are interested in self-development, career advancement and personal fulfilment. It gives women a safe environment to really evaluate what works and what does not work and an opportunity to benefit from peer feedback.

You will benefit from this course if you:

  • Are interested in self-development, career advancement and personal fulfilment
  • Want an opportunity to evaluate yourself and benefit from peer feedback
  • Want to increase your ability to confidently lead and influence others
  • Want to build skills such as networking, communication and collaboration
  • Are interested in an online programme that offers both the convenience of remote learning as well as the support and impact of small ‘live’ learning with peers and facilitators.

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

MEET THE FACULTY
SUE VON HIRSCHFELD
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.

CUSTOMISE THIS COURSE FOR YOUR TEAM

The Developing Women Leaders online 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.