Who should attend
This leadership certificate is intended for women who are currently (or soon to be) in management or leadership positions.
About the course
Despite your technical expertise, female managers often have difficulty being accepted by colleagues and subordinates. A woman’s inclination toward collaboration can be misconstrued as an inability to take charge. Yet, when you’re direct, others perceive you as abrupt and unfriendly. This course is designed to help women understand and manage this challenge. Through in-depth self-assessment, hands-on personal exercises, and interactive class experiences, participants will learn ways to be perceived as both competent and congenial.
By developing your female leaders early, you’ll create a pipeline of talent ready to step into leadership roles at critical moments. You’ll also build a competitive advantage at your company—research shows organizations with gender diversity in their leadership see stronger financial performance.
Women who earn this business leadership certificate will:
- Construct a personal profile highlighting strengths and areas for improvement as a leader
- Distinguish masculine and feminine ways of thinking and communicating, and develop strategies to bridge the gap between them
- Plan for and conduct professional negotiations
- Practice strategies to enhance personal credibility, build trust, and establish executive presence
- Develop and execute strategies to participate in the give-and-take required for group coaching
The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative programs. This program is led by a full-time faculty member from the No. 1–ranked Kelley Online MBA program (U.S. News & World Report, 2020).
The curriculum is divided into five courses, with one covered each day. The final course integrates all the skills learned that week and can only be taken by students who have taken courses 1 through 4.
Course 1: Leadership and Self-Awareness
Self-awareness is the cornerstone of leadership. Before learning to successfully interact with and influence others, a leader must know her strengths and proclivities. It’s the critical first step toward emotional and social intelligence that’s central to the practice of leadership.
- Construct a personal profile highlighting individual strengths and areas for improvement as a leader.
- Distinguish masculine and feminine ways of thinking and communicating, and develop strategies to bridge the gap between them.
- Enact best practices in self-awareness and self-regulation.
Course 2: Women and the Double Bind of Leadership
Research demonstrates that when women enact strong, confident leadership they’re perceived as capable, but not likeable. When a women uses a softer managerial style, she’s perceived as likeable but not competent. This course explores the “double bind” of feminine leadership.
- Identify conscious and unconscious bias that impacts perceptions of women leaders.
- Become a self-advocate to more quickly advance through your organization.
- Recognize and overcome the effects of impostor syndrome in yourself or others.
Course 3: Effective Communication for Women
In a very real sense, communication across genders is often cross-cultural communication, where misunderstandings can occur despite our best intentions. Every leader can benefit from enhanced communication to strengthen relationships and promote shared understanding. Moreover, the ability to persuasively present an idea and achieve buy-in from others is one of the most critical leadership skills.
- Identify and practice strategies to enhance personal credibility, build trust, and establish executive presence.
- Develop a tool kit of persuasion and influence strategies to achieve buy-in and support for proposals.
Course 4: Negotiation for Women
A common myth claims that women are less likely to attempt negotiation than are men. However, research indicates that when they are trained in the art of negotiation and self-advocacy, men and women practice these skills the same amount with similar success.
- Plan for and conduct professional negotiations.
- Engage strategies to successfully assert interests in a group negotiation.
Course 5: Giving and Receiving Coaching This course is available to participants who have completed courses 1 through 4.
Sustained improvement in performance requires accountability and guidance. This short program provides participants with tools to act as peer coaches for one another and to effectively receive coaching feedback when it is offered.
- Engage other female professionals as a peer coach.
- Develop strategies to effectively respond to/learn from feedback.
- Create a coaching/learning community among course participants.
Carolyn Goerner is a Clinical Professor of Management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. Currently, she teaches Strategic Human Resources in Kelley’s Integrated Core in addition to courses in negotiation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Goerner complet...
Daisy Lovelace, PhD, is a lecturer in Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills at the Kelley School of Business. Lovelace teaches Business Presentations in the undergraduate business program, Effective Communication in the EMBA program, and communication and leadership courses in executi...
Eric Johnson, a Kelley MBA alum from the class of 2001, joined the Graduate Career Services staff in August 2011. Eric was most recently the chief marketing officer for Eli Lilly and Company in the United Kingdom, and has more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales leadership roles. H...
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Management at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. Charlotte holds a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington, and MEd and BS degrees from Ohio University. Her previous se...
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