Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
Women in lower to middle management positions
About the course
Would you like to be promoted next year? Are you looking for a new challenge with more responsibility or a broader sphere of influence? Are you a female manager or specialist or have you been identified as a young talent?
The Aiming Higher Women’s Leadership Programme is the ideal continuing education for women in lower and middle management positions who would like to prepare for the next career step and acquire the skills necessary to take on a more senior role.
As a participant, you will
- learn about various leadership approaches
- gain personal insights into your own leadership style and development potential
- learn how to increase your visibility and cultivate positive stakeholder relationships in complex organizational environments
- enhance your negotiation skills
- increase your personal impact and effectiveness in communication.
The Aiming Higher Women’s Leadership Programme is a highly personalized and interactive online learning experience with lasting impact. This includes:
- building your personal network through in-depth interactions with other female leaders,
- receiving expert guidance for mapping out a plan for your next career step,
- participating in an online mentoring programme to continue your learning journey with a senior sparring partner.
- Strengthen your leadership competencies, personal impact and negotiation skills
- Receive personalised expert advice for your continued development
- Expand your network and learn from other female leaders with various backgrounds
- Create a personal plan for your next career step
- Continue your learning journey with an innovative online mentoring programme
- Further your education from the convenience of your home or office
Participants should have a university degree or an equivalent educational certificate and professional experience. Please contact programme head for more information. The number of places is limited.
The Aiming Higher Women’s Leadership Programme consists of 7 half-day online sessions spread over a 2-month period, followed by an individual online mentoring programme and a reunion 6 months later.
All lecturers utilize a variety of methods to ensure a high level of customized learning. These include a personality inventory (Hogan) with individual expert feedback, preparation assignments before each session, the option to discuss real-life case examples, in-class exercises, group discussions, and feedback by lecturers and peers.
After completing the 7 online sessions, participants embark on an innovative online mentoring programme. Mentors and mentees meet online at regular intervals to further reflect on leadership topics and to exchange best practices.
The programme concludes with a reunion in the Zurich area 6 months later to give participants the opportunity to receive additional inspiration and continue strengthening their personal network.
The course language is English, but participants can opt to complete preparation assignments, group discussions, the personality inventory and the mentoring programme in German. The latter two activities can also be conducted in additional languages upon request.
Kick-off Meet & Greet Session
On the eve of our first course date, we will meet online for a brief and informal virtual reception. This "not to miss" event will provide you with the opportunity to meet the programme director and to get to know your course colleagues. Take this opportunity to start building your network and to establish rapport with those who will be accompanying you on the exciting journey ahead!
“New Leadership and Purpose" deals with the topics of leadership, new working environment and the meaning in your work. Especially in times of change and Covid-19, leadership and purpose play an outstanding role. You will gain insights into current research findings and best practices for leaders. The online seminar is designed to be interactive, so that you can also exchange ideas about your leadership challenges virtually and receive concrete tips.
Based on your personal results of the Hogan personality inventory, you will discover more about your own personal leadership style. You will identify individual strengths and development potential and receive inspiration for integrating best practices into your own leadership style. A particular focus will be on the growing need for inclusive leadership and how to effectively manage and empower diverse and remote teams.
Skilled stakeholder management is a key factor for professional success at higher management levels. How can you act authentically and achieve your goals in a political corporate environment? In this module you will learn how to communicate effectively and increase your own visibility. You will gain new insights for clear communication and for maintaining positive relationships with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the organization as well as with various external stakeholders.
Presence & Impact
Each personal encounter is an opportunity to win somebody over. In this workshop you will deal with your personal presence and impact. You will get to know your strengths and learn to communicate in a self-confident, joyful and solution-oriented way.
Negotiation Skills I and II
Negotiating successfully in challenging situations is a skill that can help you advance both professionally and personally. In these two interactive modules, you will learn proven methods of conducting negotiations according to the Harvard principle. You will be able to focus on the interests of your counterpart and find constructive solutions in conflict situations without losing sight of your own goals.
Taking the Next Step
Be the author of your own career success story! In this final module, you will acquire tools to help you identify your options and map out your next career step. You will also gain first-hand insights into the world of Executive Search and the latest top-level recruitment practices.
Take part in a unique online mentoring programme offered by Volunteer Vision to continue your personal learning journey and discuss your next steps. The customized matching process and structured online content ensure maximum personal benefit.
Six months after the programme has been completed, participants will reconvene for a special reunion in the Zurich area to further cultivate their network.
Petra Kipfelsberger is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. in strategy and management from the University in St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her research focuses on leadership and ...
Dr. Mike J. Widmer is passionate about intersecting technology, people and business. His multicultural background and international experience allow him to match people not only on a skill but more importantly on a cultural, attitude and values level. The science and art of executive search is wh...
Patricia Widmer studied business management with an emphasis in Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. During her studies she worked at a leading global bank. After her graduation she joined a private bank as relationship manager. Together with her family she lived several years in the ...
Competencies and experience Over 10 years’ experience as International Negotiation Advisor and Trainer Systemic Coach for executives Negotiation advisory for over 1,000 French speaking executives Expert of innovative learning journeys andblended learning solutions Leading negotiations with exec...
Competencies and experience Negotiation consultant since 2009 Training, coaching and consulting with more than 5,000 executive managers worldwide Wide ranging negotiation experience as a law attorney Over 20 years of negotiation activities in various executive functions in specialist publishing...
Work Head of People and Organisational Development @ Baloise Group 'COO' Siemens Leadership Excellence and Head of Organizational Development @ Siemens Program Director Siemens Leadership Excellence @ Siemens Education 1994 1997 Doctor of Philosophy in Economics @ University Of The Armed Force...
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