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University of Salford, Manchester

Women in Business - Aspiring Leaders

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When women represent over 50% of the population why are they seen in much lower percentages in middle and senior positions within the workplace?

There are hurdles, both real and perceived, that women face when climbing the career ladder.Some are created by employers and work colleagues while others are self-imposed.

When a group of women in management come together and discuss their problems they discover that are not alone.This one day course will enable you to explore the common themes, why they arise, and how to deal with them.It will provide you with the opportunity to share the experiences of others in a similar position and consider their application to your situation. Working with peers in a supportive, facilitated environment, you can consider challenges you face and the best way to deploy your unique strengths.


Women in Business

Evidence is clear that women and men do act and think differently so it is important for women to understand more about the differences to be able to achieve their full potential.

Lack of self-confidence is one of the biggest hurdles facing many women, particularly if they consider applying for a new job or have just been promoted. Common worries include: “Am I good enough? Will I be listened to and taken seriously? How will I balance the demands of the job and my family life”.

Diversity, different viewpoints and constructive challenge are healthy and lead to better decision making so no-one should be afraid to promote a different viewpoint and argue persuasively.

Before the course, you will complete a behaviour questionnaire which you will use during the day to help you consider the best way to deploy your unique strengths in the challenges you personally face.

What to Expect

  • A fully participative day with group discussions
  • An environment to explore real issues with peers
  • A pre-course questionnaire to help identify your behaviour style
  • Information on tools, strategies and behaviours to strengthen your leadership skills
  • Processes to consider how you might contribute to leadership of your organisation
  • An opportunity to build networks with peers

Course Content

  • Setting the scene including considering the impacts of diversity
  • Organisational barriers to women’s progression
  • Self-imposed barriers
  • Optimising performance – yours and that of your team
  • Getting your voice heard


At the end of the day delegates should be in a better position to:

  • Recognise the opportunities and challenges for women climbing the leadership ladder
  • Identify the barriers which may inhibit their success
  • Reflect on their own strengths
  • Determine how they can deploy their strengths and talents to optimise their own performance and that of others
  • Explore real issues with peers
  • Build support networks


  • Setting the scene – the stairway to leadership
  • Organisational and personal barriers to women’s progression
  • Understanding yourself and your strengths
  • Optimising your performance
  • Optimising the performance of others
  • Seize the moment
  • Getting your voice heard
  • Work life balance

Learning outcomes

Women at middle or senior management level within any sector will benefit from this leadership course. Understanding how to ‘sell your brand’ and having the confidence to do it will help you to achieve your full potential.

Who should attend

Women at middle or senior management level within any sector will benefit from this leadership course. Understanding how to ‘sell your brand’ and having the confidence to do it will help you to achieve your full potential.


Ann started her career as a computer programmer and worked her way up the ladder to her first management role. Over the years she gained her management experience, outside of IT, in sectors such as finance, manufacturing, and retail. At the age of 37, Ann was appointed as one of the 6 Executive ...
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