Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
9 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8-10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development


Companies that rank highly for gender diversity on their executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform on profitability, and 27% more likely to have superior value creation.1 The connection between gender equality and financial performance has never been more clear, and globally the barriers and unconscious bias experienced by women in leadership positions are being recognised.

You have the opportunity to overcome these hurdles for yourself and the women around you by developing practical strategies for leadership development with the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED). The Women in Leadership online short course will help you explore the core strengths of female business leadership and how it can be used to bolster the performance of your organisation. You’ll learn to mitigate unique workplace obstacles and build the business case for greater representation of women in senior positions.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A diversity proposal for a business of your choice, highlighting the importance of representation
  • The ability to turn workplace challenges into opportunities for leadership development and organisation-wide solutions
  • A refined understanding of your leadership style that harnesses the unique strengths of being a female business leader
  • The skills to empower the women around you and strategically leverage their strengths to improve business performance

Is this course for you? 

This course is particularly relevant to women executives and managers seeking to progress within their leadership role and expand their impact. Those new to senior management positions or those preparing to move into such positions will also benefit by learning to overcome the unique gender-biased challenges with long-term solutions and strategies.

Human resources professionals or those aiming to increase representation and diversity will get the opportunity to develop their own diversity proposal, and will formalise their commitment to leadership with a certificate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development. As students learn to realise their leadership goals, they’ll get the opportunity to join a network of empowered female professionals across Africa through this leadership course designed by and for women. 

Course curriculum

Develop your leadership potential as you work through the weekly modules of this online short 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

Please note that the following documents are required to complete an online course from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development:

- Copy of identity document, passport, or driver’s license
- Copy of highest qualification achieved, or CV detailing relevant work experience

If you have queries about these requirements, please contact us on +27 87 551 7292.

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

Gain practical strategies for navigating the workplace challenges faced by women and earn an official certificate of completion from University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 9 November 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 an Enrolment Advisor 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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.