Week 1. Women in media. From gender equality to the power of the female brain.
Where do we stand today? From gender barriers towards women in leading roles
to emotional safety and strategic advantages based on diversity and inclusion…
we will explore the path to female leadership and try to understand and uncover
the differences between male and female leadership characteristics. Who are our
role models? What is the neuroscience of leadership, how does the female brain
work, and what can help us to discover successful ways to move forward in our
Week 2. From authentic to values-based leadership.
This lecture discusses the different leadership styles and the importance of
staying true to yourself. We will explore whether a management style is more
associated with women, and why authentic leadership can be a challenge for
women. If they are highly ambitious and self-confident which is typically
associated with men, then women may be criticized for lacking communal
qualities; and if they are highly communal, helpful or friendly, typically
associated with women, then they may be criticized for not being agentic enough.
So the question is, how can you stay close to who you are, and lead in the most
authentic and heart-centred way?
Week 3. What’s holding us back? Fighting the imposter syndrome and claiming space
This week we take a closer look at the socialization and modelling of leadership.
Women aspire to be a leader, but are hesitant. Why is this? What defines our self-image?
And how can we boost our confidence? We will simultaneously take a step
back – how did you grow up? What were your ambitions? What could kill or feed
Week 4. Effective negotiation and the dynamics of strong communication
This week is all about gaining more efficiency and mastery when it comes to our
communication and negotiation skills. How can we maximize our influence on
our people, on shareholders, … how can we solve conflicts and take these as
opportunities to grow?
Week 5. How do we create? From high-performing teams to leading edge change.
Intuition and collaboration, two of the core aspects of female leadership are
equally key to the creative process of innovation, and are most efficient during
times of high-speed change when the situation is ambiguous and risks are
unknown. Both aspects can make a huge impact as a decision-making tool. How do
we tap into our inner GPS and use that natural ability to foresee specific situations?
How can we use these qualities throughout the creative process of innovation?
Week 6. Crisis management and the post-pandemic leader: lead to transform.
Our society is under pressure, most businesses have been hit hard by the
pandemic and the imposed lockdown. This world is experiencing rapid change.
Resilience and flexibility are more than ever necessary. The leadership needs are
correspondingly shifting. It is time for you to act. This class is about how to guide
your teams throughout this crisis, how to inspire your people, to motivate them
and transform your business.