This course aims to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes---to lead change with more conviction and confidence---and improve our workplaces and communities for all. By offering more complex understandings of issues related to professional women and work, the course will help you increase self-knowledge about your own values and vision, as well as enhance your capabilities as a leader, manager, and team contributor. We will examine the opportunities, challenges, trade-offs, and organizational dynamics experienced by women in work organizations, as well as reflect on and practice effective individual behaviors. The course aims at answering questions such as: What are the valued attributes and behaviors of women in the workplace? How does the gendered nature of organizations impact women? What derails our career advancement and what propels us upward? What are your leadership goals and aspirations? How can you best integrate your multiple family and work life commitments? How do you define career success? What can organizations do to provide women with opportunities to excel? What opportunities could our global economy harness by advancing women to leadership? How can the full talents of the workforce be tapped into and developed? The course is about leadership and inspiring change, but at its core it is meant to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes, to lead change with more conviction and confidence, and improve our workplaces and communities for all. Your involvement in the course activities is essential to help you learn these concepts and develop the necessary skills to implement them. If you watch the videos and read the required articles you will be introduced to some intriguing ideas. If you do the personal reflective exercises and complete the final project you will convert those ideas into relevant experiences to enhance your life and work. Going beyond your personal relevance, your potential learning will expand to understanding and working with others more effectively through either the Discussion Forums in the course or through face-to-face discussions (some of you are taking the course in groups). Each week, we will post reminders, changes, and other relevant announcements.
- Enhance understanding of yourself and your leadership identity.
- Gain a deep understanding of the dynamics and experiences of women in organizations, as well as of the interpersonal, organizational, and societal structures and processes impacting women in organizations.
- Identify and enhance effective leadership practices for yourself and for women in your organization.
- Define your vision of career success and work-life balance, identify necessary resources and networks, and create a plan of action to accomplish your goals.
Week 1: Yourself as a Leader - Developing your Leadership Identity
A. Welcome to the Course and Women's Strengths in Leadership
B. Leadership Values and vision
Week 2: The Current State of Women's Leadership at the Top
A. Women's leadership at the top
B. Why so few? Why so slow? Advancement barriers and challenges for women
Week 3: Women's Leadership Presence
B. Navigating organizational politics and gaining influence in organizations
Week 4: Leadership Tools for Women
A. Negotiating Effectively
Week 5: Purposeful Career Development for Women
A. Defining Your success and finding work-life integration
Diana Bilimoria, PhD
KeyBank Professor and Chair of Organization Behavior
Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University