Know All About the Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Program

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Updated On: 07 Nov 2023

Know All About the Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Program

The University of Oxford is all set to bring you a brand-new program to increase your impact as a woman in a leadership position. According to a study of women CEOs by Oxford Saïd academics, this program is set into action to address most of the barriers women must tackle in order to chase their passion and goals in leadership and management roles. The program is based on keeping these three overarching themes in mind, that is, Self-acceptance, Self-management, and Self-development.

About the Program

The program is designed to make women better prepared to use the tools to navigate challenges and gender biases within the workplace and build crucial leadership skills to effectively guide, influence, and mentor others. Incorporated and assisted with tools and resources for self-management and built plenty of skills to expedite self-development as well as self-acceptance with the acknowledgment of your own agency, you are going to examine your qualities and role as a female leader.

With this program, you will learn to fruitfully browse through the negotiation scenarios using your strengths and influence. The whole program is delivered in collaboration with a digital platform and an education provider called GetSmarter which is a 2U, Inc. brand. The participants will be a part of this dedicated online education program. 

Introduction to Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Program

Kathryn Bishop, the Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford says that this program is for aspiring women leaders in their respective fields at all stages of their careers, drawing on many years of leadership development experience working with leaders of both genders. This program would bring out some of the topics that the learners would expect, such as negotiating and influencing, and many other things. 

Watch this short YouTube video to learn better about what this program has to offer. The link is attached below. 

Benefits of attending this program

  • Creation of a personal plan that will probably help you in moving forward in the future with confidence as a female leader.
  • Critically examine your own identity as a leader and recognize your leadership potential.
  • Understanding of how to tackle and respond to gender and cultural assumptions.
  • Take ownership of your career, learn to leverage your strengths, and identify limiting behaviors.
  • Evaluate a range of methods and resources for developing as a woman in a leadership context.
  • Join a global network of current and aspiring female leaders who are preparing to broaden their impact and influence.
  • Benefit from guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty.
  • Access the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.

Program Details

Commences on 25 October 2023
Duration6 weeks
Time CommitmentShort Program
Fees£2,200 (₹1,11,519 INR)
Installment Plan of the Total Fees1st installment: ₹55,760.00 INR 2nd installment: ₹55,759.00 INR

Program Context and Modules

Orientation Welcoming the applicants to their Online Campus. (the applications will be received till the end of the orientation program.)
Module 1Accepting yourself as a leader:
Reflect on how you have led in the past and acknowledge your abilities as a leader.
Module 2Understanding your context:
Learn how to read and diagnose context and react appropriately.
Module 3Negotiating as a leadership practice:
Understand cultural dimensions in order to negotiate effectively.
Module 4Becoming an influential leader:
Recognise how to use your unique strengths to persuade and influence.
Module 5Developing as a leader: 
What can help you?Gain an appreciation for self-development as a lifelong activity.
Module 6Imagining your future possibilities as a leader:
Create a personal development plan for your future as a leader.

Objectives and Aim of this Program

This program plays a significant role in fields such as extensive research, programs, and activities across Oxford Saïd dedicated to female leadership development. With the ongoing work to increase the impact and influence of women in the field of leadership and management, Women at Oxford Saïd collates together the landscape of development that Oxford is helping to facilitate. 

The participants will benefit from everything the Oxford community is offering in this environment Women’s leadership development. The program is rooted in an emphasis on reflection and an approach to delivering within a ‘safe space.’

The curriculum and structure are deeply influenced by the extensive research, framework, tools, and resources including:

  •  Claiming the corner office (Anathasopolou, Smets, Moss-Cowan, Morris).
  • Critical, tame, and wicked problems framework (Keith Grint).
  • Strengths-based leadership model (David Pendleton).
  • Strategies for influencing (HAY’s taxonomy).
  • Six styles of leadership (Goleman).

Faculty under this program

The programming directors of this program are Professor Sue Dopson and Kathryn Bishop. Professor Sue Dopson is the Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Professor Kathryn Bishop is an Associate Fellow

at Saïd Business School University of Oxford. The two directors will be joined by leading industry experts and industrialists to share the depth of their knowledge and insight on female development throughout the program such as 

Sue Dopson is deputy dean of Saïd Business School, and academic director of both the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, the Oxford Strategic Leadership program, and the Women Transforming Leadership program. Sue is a noted specialist on the personal and organizational dimensions of leadership and transformational change.

Kathryn Bishop is the program director of the Women Transforming Leadership program at Oxford Saïd. With over 30 years of experience working with organizations undergoing major change, in both the public and the private sector, she also directs and teaches leadership programs for professional service firms and multinational corporations.

Experts and Contributors of this Program

  • Amanda Ellis (Executive Director at ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability)
  • Andie Athanasopoulou (Associate Fellow and Executive of Education at Saïd Business School)
  • Andrew Gibbons (Leadership Coach at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • Anita Grover (Chief Executive, Auditory Verbal, UK)
  • Claire Andrews (Leadership Coach at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • Danielle Brown (Paralympian, Hea of Training and Development, Kaleidoscope Investment)
  • Dessi Berhane  Silassie (PAC General Counsel and Global Head of IP Legal, MD, IHS Markit)
  • Emma Sergeant (President Europe, DAS Group of Companies)
  • Lis Broderick (Partner and Location Head, DAC Beachcroft Dublin)
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian (President and CEO, Women’s World Banking)
  • Michael Gates (Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • Pinky Lilani (Founder and Chairman, Women of the Future)
  • Gillian Charlesworth (Group CEO, Building Research Establishment)
  • Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford)
  • John Lombard (CEO NTT Ltd, Asia Pacific)
  • Rohini Anand (SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Drivers Officer, Sodexo)
  • Sara Beck (Former COO, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
  • Shefali Roy (COO at TrueLayer and Fintech Industry Advisor, University of Oxford)
  • Virginia Clegg (Senior Partner, DAC Beachcroft LLP)

CPD Certified Program

Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Program is certified by the CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of or are associated with UK-based professional bodies. 

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