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About the course

Developing effective and authentic leadership in women at senior management level.

The real challenges of gender equality can neither be addressed by simply making an economic investment in women's development nor filling stipulated quotas. According to Shireen Chengadu, lead faculty on this programme "Truly inclusive and transformational workplaces will be realised when leaders become personally involved. The times in which we live and work are full of disruption and complexity with leadership at a crossroads. Women are well poised to use their voices to realise their full potential as leaders in business and in society."

This programme is for women who are ready to undertake a significant process to improve their efficacy as authentic and effective leaders. The focus is on the development of practical tools that delegates can apply in real-time and with the support of a tailored peer group and certified executive coach.

Programme Methodology

Delegates will take part in four session types:

  • Leadership Skills Sessions

Workshops with a focus on resilience, being heard, authenticity, managing your personal brand and coaching for high-performance.

  • Small Group Coaching Sessions

Peer-mentor groups are paired with an executive coach to provide real-time support for leadership development goals.

  • Leadership Assessment and Feedback

Feedback from multiple sources to inform personalised continued development for each delegate.

  • Academic Instruction

These sessions explore the theoretical underpinnings and empirical data that drive the business imperative of gender diversity.

At the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Apply your personalised leadership skill set with greater impact;
  • Meet your professional goals with greater ease and authenticity;
  • Harness the value of diverse skillsets in your team;
  • Mentor and coach your team more effectively;
  • Amplify your professional voice;
  • Utilise a broader professional network; and
  • Demonstrate compelling business cases to implement your workplace improvement ideas.

Who should attend

  • This programme is designed for high-functioning women at middle to senior management levels.
  • Candidates should have been designated as contenders for further leadership responsibility.

Trust the experts

Shireen Chengadu

Profile ​Shireen is currently serving as acting Director of University Relations: University of Pretoria. From December 2002, she served in various executive roles at GIBS, her final role being that of executive director of the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue and Enterprise Development Academ...

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Course reviews

Executive from South Africa 2014

5.0
Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: The ability to see things in perspective and consider several angles. The networking was amazing.
Things to improve: The course is aimed at people who are old enough to appreciate the value and learnings and who have come up against the typical issues one has in a work place when you enter management level. I would ensure that people subscribing for the course are clear on what they require from the course and what it can deliver. It was perfect for me then, but won't be for me now.
Industry:beverage

Manager from South Africa 2015

4.4
Course quality: very good
Industry:fashion luxury sporting goods and cosmetics

Shanitha S, Operations Manager from South Africa 2015

4.4
Course quality: very good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: Network
Things to improve: Not much in terms of course content to read
Industry:industry and manufacturing

Belinda K, Manager from South Africa 2014

4.9
Course quality: very good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: It changed the way I saw myself, my role in business. It left me feeling empowered and confident in both my personal and professional capacity.
Things to improve: No suggestions, the course is extremely well set-out and every part of it, and each contributor, is deliberately and carefully placed.
Industry:beverage

R&D Professional from South Africa 2013

5.0
Industry:metals and mining

Nici R, R&D Senior Executive from South Africa 2013

5.0
Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: I am both a leader and a follower, depending on the situation at hand. Flexibility and focus lead to fabulous shared outcomes.
Things to improve: I would ensure that the different year groups of Leading Women at GIBS who are part of the GIBS Alumni meet regularly and that the network of contacts be shared with all who have completed the programme.
Industry:marketing

Course participant from South Africa

4.9
Course quality: excellentI liked the fact that it was learning on the job course and more interactive and great speakers too
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: the mentoring and coaching aspect
Industry:financial services

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