Course information

Registration Closes:
28 January 2020
Course Starts:
3 February 2020
8 weeks online
8-10 hours per week
ZAR R12,500
Payment Options
University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development
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Women bring a variety of strengths into the workplace. Their unique insights and perspectives lend strength to a company. According to research from Gallup, gender diversity is a strong indicator of a company's financial performance.*

The professional challenges that women in business face are unique and often fueled by an unconscious gender bias in the workplace. You have the opportunity to overcome these hurdles for yourself and the women around you by developing practical strategies for leadership development.

The Women in Leadership online course from USB-ED will help you explore the core strengths of female business leadership and how it can be used to bolster the performance of your organisation. On successful completion you’ll also receive a certificate from Stellenbosch University, recognising your commitment to women leadership in the workplace.


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from Stellenbosch University in this online short course and be empowered to:

  • Develop your own diversity proposal for a business of your choice, highlighting the importance of representation
  • Turn the challenges faced by women in the workplace into opportunities for leadership development and organisational-wide solutions
  • Identify and develop your own leadership identity as a female business leader by understanding your power and recognising your strengths
  • Empower the women around you by focusing on how their strengths can be strategically leveraged to improve the overall performance of your business context

Course curriculum

Learn to turn hurdles into opportunities and develop the leadership potential of women in your workplace in this Women in Leadership course as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Unconscious gender bias in the workplace
  • Module 2 Developing a leadership identity
  • Module 3 Communicating and negotiating with power
  • Module 4 Team development and optimising performance
  • Module 5 Social Capital
  • Module 6 Overcoming barriers
  • Module 7 Women as strategic leaders
  • Module 8 The importance of diversity

See the business world through a lens of opportunity

This USB-ED online course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore the opportunities for increased organisational productivity through increased female representation in this online short course from USB-ED. 

“Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll be exposed to the strategies necessary for turning challenges into opportunities as you deepen your understanding of the work-related issues facing women in the contemporary business.”

– Dr Babita Mathur-Helm, Senior Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School

Earn a certificate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 3 February 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses 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 want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom 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. You also 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.


    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?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course 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 Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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