There is a big push for more women on listed company boards in many countries around the world, with governments encouraging more women through the ranks into executive positions to boost the “pipeline” of potential board candidates.
Diversity at the top can improve companies’ profitability. However, there remains much more to do to improve gender balance in the boardroom. Women still face a number of specific challenges in the workplace. And business schools have created a bevy of leadership courses designed to address the varied issues faced by women in business. The programs offer training in communication skills, authentic leadership, and leadership progression.
Participants gain the skills to advance their professional careers and the careers of other female executives as well as lead larger teams, with many of the courses also placing a heavy emphasis on the idea of purpose. The executives learn how to build a better corporate culture and sustain momentum towards positive change.
Participants benefit from close and informal conversations with senior executives as well as top management academics, who draw on decades of research in their teaching. These are the 10 best courses.
The Rising Women Leaders Programme is offered by Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK. It is delivered over six days online, with participants developing a positive strength-based approach to building their leadership skills, and addressing real challenges in their current role. They benefit from close and informal conversations with senior executives.View School Profile
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University runs a three-day program on campus in Evanston. The Women’s Director Development Program provides the skills to be an effective board member, as well as the tools to land a seat at the table. Participants learn through one-on-one interactions with experienced board directors, advisors, professors and alumni.View School Profile
Canada’s Ivey Business School offers a fully online, one-day course called Women in Leadership. In this program, female leaders develop their personal leadership effectiveness and strategic thinking skills. They develop a personal assessment and are coached in groups to expand their leadership skills, while staying true to their authentic selves.View School Profile
China Europe International Business School offers the Women in Leadership Programme over four days in Shanghai. Participants will gain a clear understanding of their own leadership style and potential, while learning to build on their strengthens and address weaknesses in management practice.View School Profile
Women as Leaders is the course offering from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management, delivered in person over three days. Participants learn to develop leadership practices that fit with their personal values, and how to overcome the barriers to further success and secure promotional opportunities. Cranfield has 25 years of research into women’s leadership and draws on this expertise in the course.View School Profile
The Women and Leadership Programme is put on by Singapore Management University over three days in the city-state. The program is designed for women professionals and managers with a minimum of five years’ work experience. They develop an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by female leaders in Asia.View School Profile
AGSM in Sydney runs the Women in Leadership course, which helps current and emerging female leaders who want to better understand their leadership style, tackle challenges and accelerate their careers. They study authentic leadership, strategic influence and learn how to build a better corporate culture and sustain momentum towards positive change.View School Profile
Olin Business School, at Washington University in St. Louis, runs the Women’s Leadership Forum over 12 days. Participants in this online course gain the skills to advance their professional careers as well as lead larger teams. Participants finish the course with a clear understanding of the unique value they can offer organizations, and their authentic purpose.View School Profile
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