Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Programme


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Program Description


Harness your leadership style and strengths and learn to lead, influence, and negotiate within the workplace.

The online Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Programme offers a safe space to critically examine the role of a leader, the challenges female leaders face within the workplace. You will explore your unique strengths – strengths that will enable you to lead, influence, negotiate and conduct difficult conversations. Over six weeks, you’ll gain skills and confidence to visualise your potential as a female leader based on an overarching programme framework of self-acceptance, self-management, and self-development.

You’ll walk away with:

  • Essential leadership skills, such as influencing and negotiating, with a focus on the particular challenges faced by women leaders in the workplace.
  • A self-reflective understanding and acceptance of your unique leadership style and strengths.
  • Tools and resources to provide you with the skills and confidence to promote your personal development as a leader.
  • Access to a global network of like-minded professionals and business leaders, and a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Programme structure

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience – one that is immersive, collaborative, and designed for optimal accessibility to the busy working professional. Take advantage of flexible learning (8–10 hours per week) and the support of a personal Success Manager on the easy-to-use Online Campus interface. Join a global learning community of like-minded professionals from around the world and earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd as recognition of the industry-leading competencies you’ve developed over the six weeks of this programme.

The topics covered in this programme include:

  • Module 1: Accepting yourself as a leader
    Look back on how you have led in the past and acknowledge your current abilities as a leader.
  • Module 2: Understanding your context
    Diagnose the context in which you lead, choosing the best leadership style for that context.
  • Module 3: Negotiating as a leadership practice
    Deduce and recommend the most effective deployment of negotiation skills for a particular context.
  • Module 4: Becoming an influential leader
    Recognise your unique strengths to persuade and influence, and learn how to use them.
  • Module 5: Developing as a leader: What can help you?
    Gain an appreciation for self-development as a lifelong activity.
  • Module 6: Imagining your future possibilities as a leader
    Compile a personal development plan for your future as a leader.

Download your programme prospectus to find out more.

Who would benefit?

This open enrolment online programme is for women in leadership positions, across all industries, as well as aspiring leaders who want to explore the best approach to developing their leadership skills. Women aiming to overcome workplace barriers, and achieve upward mobility both within their careers and within their organisation, or preparing to transition into senior or executive management roles will also benefit from this six-week programme.

How to register

This online programme is available to professionals around the world, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. While there are no acceptance criteria or registration fees, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF reader and Excel. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word, or similar programmes.

Installing Adobe Flash Player will give you full access to certain programme content, such as interactive infographics. However, you’ll still have access to this content in the form of a downloadable PDF transcript if you’d prefer not to use Flash.

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This programme is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter. View this Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Programme on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming programme dates, the programme price, and more.

Download your prospectus to find out more about this programme.

Will I have the time?

GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The programme work is broken up into weekly, manageable modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the programme, and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week, you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes, and assignments necessary for completion. Once registered you’ll be assigned a personal Success Manager. You will have access to your Success Manager, who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.

What is the online campus?

The Online Campus (OLC) will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your programme. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of programme content formats, including interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the OLC discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the OLC to get in touch.

Can my employer assist with payment?

By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.

What are my payment options?

You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the programme starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for programmes nine weeks and shorter. For programmes ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

If you have any other queries, please contact:
+44 1865 950 945

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Founded in 1996, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a young, vibrant and entrepreneurial business school, deeply embedded in an 800-year-old, world-class University. Oxford Saïd is determin ... Read More

Founded in 1996, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a young, vibrant and entrepreneurial business school, deeply embedded in an 800-year-old, world-class University. Oxford Saïd is determined to deliver cutting-edge education and groundbreaking research that transforms individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. Read less
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