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.

You will benefit highly from this course if you:

  • 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

What our students say

Empowering Women in Leadership

Evidence shows that women-only leadership development programmes are effective in developing critical skills that better equip female executives for leadership roles.

Hear from the alumni of the UCT GSB’s Developing Women in Leadership Programme as they share their experience of the course.

Faculty: Sue Von Hirschfeld

Meet the 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.

Meet the Course Convenor


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.


Meet the Course Convenor


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.


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.

The UCT Graduate School of Business takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society. 

Our degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders. 

Our programmes are mostly offered at our vibrant Cape Town Breakwater Campus, at the heart of the city's most popular tourist attraction, the V&A Waterfront. 

The campus is equipped with modern lecture theatres, a library and syndicate rooms for group study, as well as restaurants and the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge that offers special rates for students. 

Find out more: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/student-experience


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

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

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




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