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Short Learning Programme
Creating Leadership and Personal Capacity in Women
The NWU is recognised among the leaders in the fields of leadership and management and is ideally suited to deliver this programme, in partnership with thinking fusion AFRICA. There is need in the market for a unique leadership development programme aimed at women and designed for women, taking their preferred style of learning leadership into consideration.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the short learning programme is to benefit women in leadership, the organisation, their followers and the broader community in the following ways: They will be leaders who lead within the work environment and in the community taking diversity and the impact of power into consideration, leading with emotional and social intelligence. They will have gained advanced skills and knowledge with regard to themselves and leadership in general, the impact of women leadership roles and how to communicate with impact. This will lead them to behaving and responding differently to people, leadership challenges and organisational needs. They will have skills that will assist them in leading differently, but that can also be transferred to leadership roles within the community and lower down into the organisation. They will gain advanced knowledge, read extensively on leadership and related matters, develop new thinking, debating, communication and persuasion skills, master new leadership and interpersonal behaviour skills, and become coaching leaders. Their self-mastery and self-leadership will be strong and will be anchored in sound self-knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
The participant should possess a former qualification at NQF 5 or 6, and additional RPL participants will be in managerial, middle managerial or specialist roles.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
The participants should be in manager, middle managerial or specialist roles.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • The ability to:
    • lead individuals and teams to high performance,
    • communicate and listen accurately, persuade and influence, by taking the strengths and limitations of the female communication style into consideration
    • be and lead authentically, without losing the female touch
    • show vulnerability in order to inspire
    • understand own sources of power and use power wisely (particularly as women tend to avoid power)
    • lead diversity in its full spectrum, with a unique female perspective.
  • the use of
    • kinaesthetic speaking
    • art of persuasion
    • values as source of power
    • communication and relationships as leadership skill to the particular benefit of women
  • the changes in
    • leading people who differ from them, also in gender
    • behaviour
    • attitude
    • communication style
    • relationships
  • analytically and strategically be able to:
    • give direction,
    • plant and grow a new culture, while establishing the values and brand promise and strategy of the organisation
    • implement strategy
  • a deeper understanding of
    • systems thinking
    • strategy models
    • culture models
    • high performance
    • the impact of the female preferred style
  • insight into
    • different personality types
    • full brain profiling
    • leadership styles
    • emotional intelligence
    • social intelligence
    • the new worlds of a leader
    • evaluating information, selecting relative information and integrating it
    • integrate the knowledge gained in the various themes
    • organisation and personal wholeness (work-life balance as a woman with many roles


  •  Apply, integrate and demonstrate sound, systematic knowledge and skills gained with regard to leading people, leading strategy, leadership communication, valuing diversity, leading teams, planting and growing a new culture, leading change and transformation and followership,
  •  Effectively select and apply techniques and skills to influence, persuade, communicate accurately, debate, build arguments and gather appropriate information.
  • Use information retrieval skills to gather information, undertake a study of literature and current research in the field of leadership, strategy, leadership culture, self-leadership, leading people and more. At the same time, have the ability to evaluate information independently and contribute to a team of equals undertaking a project.
  • Take self-leadership in ensuring a whole integrated life with high levels of self-knowledge, while being able to lead other individuals to high levels of performance through the skill of being a coaching leader.
  • Reposition themselves with their own team as an inspirational and authentic leader, leading mostly from their fundamental best position, and be a leader with the ability to inspire and persuade.
  • Undertake sound thinking, participate in debate and persuade.
  • Competently deal with conflict, diversity and differences, while staying anchored in own values.
  • Develop the skills to contribute in a unique way to the culture of the  organisation  as female leaders.
Each participant receives a POE framework, systems thinking guideline and project outlines at the commencement of the programme. The projects are discussed at each contact session. The instruments, presentations, activities, background material, assessment criteria and reading are provided to all participants. A clear assessment framework is used to assess the POE against, as stated above. The facilitators presenting the programme assess the POE. Four well-designed projects within each of the four leader zones of influence provide the evidence of applied leadership learning and support integrated learning. Work on the projects is done progressively during the programmes, culminating in a completed portfolio of evidence submitted shortly after or on the final day of the programme.
Method of assessment: 
Three assessments of both the programme and the facilitators take place. One assessment after the launch and first two-day session, then again halfway through the programme and again at completion of the programme.

Additional information

Target group: 
Female managers, middle managers and specialists in medium to large organisations. They are mostly already graduated in non-business management and leadership fields of study. Twenty to 25 per group per organisation.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
018 285 2325