Early Bird

Leadership Development for Women

Delivered by world class faculty from the world's best business schools

About the program

This program is for women aspiring toward or working in senior leadership roles in their organization. Its focus is on empowerment through self-reflection, knowledge and connections. Participants will bolster their ability to navigate a rise to the top as women with increased confidence and self-awareness. Together, we will explore and critically reflect on current insights on leadership and gender in leadership, helping each participant to find her own voice to practice and promote women in leadership. Using self-reflection and coaching, we will work individually and as a group to better understand and utilize our strength, to set meaningful goals and to achieve success and well-being. 

This program will be offered in 3 modules, each of which will comprise 2 half-day (3-4 hour) sessions. Diverse pedagogies will be used in every module including lectures, discussions, debates, self-reflection, case studies, guest speakers, workshops and coaching. 

Who is this program for?


  • Managers with 5+ years of management experience.

  • Two or three levels from C-suite positions.

  • Looking to make a leadership transition, or at an inflection point in their careers.

  • Executives and functional managers who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority.

What you can expect from this program?

  • Bringing a Strategic Focus to Your Role: increasing your level of contribution, aligning capabilities with strategy, developing vision

  • Communicating as a Woman: gender and its impact on communication, body language, persuasive methods

  • Building Productive Relationships: becoming a trusted advisor, identifying key players in and outside of your organization, building confidence and credibility with those in your network 

  • Gender and Negotiation: creating impactful outcomes as a female negotiator, winning strategies for negotiations, achieving organizational support

Program Content

The course is highly interactive, comprising lectures, case examples, team work and deliverables enhancing the learning and retention. You will have the opportunity to apply what is being learnt in a visceral and practical way.


Using experiential, innovative, pedagogical tools; live cases - the next generation of the traditional case methodology - you will be taken through a structured journey in four modules:

Module One: Leading as a Woman and for Women

In this module, we will explore the unique challenges for female leaders and we will critically assess the terminology and assumptions that pervade mainstream discussions on the topic of women in leadership. This will include an informed debate about whether or not there are gendered ‘styles’ of leadership and how to break out of the ‘double bind’ that women face when often labeled as either too nice or too aggressive. We will also look at the role of women leaders in promoting a positive environment for women and others who are underrepresented at the top.

Module Two: Becoming your Best Self as a Leader

In our second module, we will focus on ourselves. We will start with an exploration of Daniel Goleman’s six leadership styles and then we will watch and develop our own case-vignettes to explore how they are applied in practice. Goleman also popularized the concept of ‘emotional intelligence (EI)’ and pointed to distinct areas of development to help leaders improve and apply EI in their everyday leadership. We will explore the pathway to developing EI in ourselves and others. 

Module Three: Leading for Impact and Positive Change

As women leaders, we are aspirational and purposeful and once we get to the top, we are eager to have a meaningful impact. Together in this module, we will explore the meaning of responsible leadership and we will develop and share our own plans for inspiring positive change in our organizations, communities and the world. Together, we will build a ‘tool kit’ of ideas to address misogyny and subtle discrimination in our organizations and to promote positive change.

How to apply


Places on this world leading program are strictly limited to ensure you have the opportunity to engage and interact with the professor and your fellow participants. Simply complete the online application form, submit your payment details and within moments you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the program.


Discounts are available to organizations wishing to send multiple employees on to a Program. Annual partnership agreements are available to organizations wishing to place employees on to multiple programs.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Start Date:

Jan 9, 2023


6 weeks:

3-4 hours per week



Course Fees:

$995 USD

Fees are fully inclusive. No hidden surprises.


  • Fully online & flexible

  • Live & instant access to the Professor

  • Interact in real time with your class participants

  • Access to XED Online's global alumni network

  • Delivered by world renowned faculty