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Women in Leadership

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This course explores the concept of leadership today, which is evolving from control to empowerment, competition to collaboration, uniformity to diversity, and towards a higher ethical purpose. Specific challenges faced by women in leadership are addressed from definition to emotional well-being

In this programme the student is introduced to the concept of leadership, with specific reference to women leaders, and the relationships between leaders and followers who intend real changes and outcomes. The biggest challenge facing leaders today is the changing world that wants a new type of leadership: from control to empowerment, from competition to collaboration, from uniformity to diversity, and from a self-centred focus to a higher ethical purpose. This programme specifically addresses the challenges faced by women in leadership, from definition to emotional well-being. Milpark Business School's Women In Leadership programme is recommended for women who have a B-degree plus at least three (3) years in the management environment, or a certificate/diploma with five (5) years in the management environment. Woman who are on a management development trajectory are welcome, as the programme addresses and/or augment the required middle to senior management skills.

OUTCOMES

During the course of this programme, students will:

  • understand the concept of leadership
  • gain insight into the women in leadership debate
  • learn how to overcome the challenges that face women in leadership and find coping mechanisms or personal leadership challenges
  • build skills for leading change and developing followers
  • develop knowledge of leadership vision formulation and strategic orientation

COMPONENTS AND DETAILS

CONCEPTUALISING LEADERSHIP

Conceptualising leadership The evolution of leadership; Differences between management and leadership; Defining women leaders; Challenges and coping mechanisms for women leaders

DEFINING WOMEN LEADERS

Leadership defined from the pyramid of leadership; Women in leadership debate

CHALLENGES AND COPING MECHANISMS FOR WOMEN

Societal and organisational challenges for women in leadership in South Africa; Challenges and coping mechanisms for working mothers; Challenges women face in midlife

FELLOWSHIP AND COMMUNITIES

Followership and leadership; Reciprocal exchange and trust; Trends in leader-follower relationships; Building a community of followers

LEADER AS RELATIONSHIPS BUILDERS AND MOTIVATOR

Leadership and motivation; Rewards and money as motivators; Empowering people through job design and self-leadership

LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION

How leaders communicate; Leading strategic conversations; Listening: creating an open communication climate; The leader as communication champion

LEADING TEAMS WITH CREATIVITY

Building team cohesiveness; The trouble with teams; The creative process in leading teams; Creative practices by leaders

LEADERSHIP, POWER AND CONFLICT

A move towards collaboration; The meaning of power and sources of power; Ethical considerations in using power and politics; Leadership and organisational politics; Conflict as a leadership issue; Conflict leadership styles

THE LEADER AS A SOCIAL ARCHITECT: CREATING VISION AND STRATEGY

Vision works for leaders; Mission statements; Leadership in implementing strategy; Successful leadership practices in strategy; The importance of leadership in achieving organisational outcomes

SHAPING CULTURE

Shaping organisational culture; Structure, leadership and culture; Influence of cultural leaders; Cul-tural leaders and performance; Spiritual leadership

LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE

Change or perish; Models of change; Transformational leadership as change; Leading for innovation; An integrative approach to leadership

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN

Personal Leadership for Women Spiritual wellbeing; Mental wellbeing; Physical wellbeing; Emotional wellbeing

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