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International Women's Leadership Programme

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The world is changing rapidly and captains of industry are facing unprecedented challenges. Digital technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution requires visionary leaders who are champions of healthy socio-economic systems. Women have a major role to play in ensuring the world of tomorrow is equitable and community driven. From Syria to the US, women are shaking up the status quo, using their voices to be the drivers of change for a better future for all. As the two male authors of The Athena Doctrine, John Gerzema & Michael Antonio, said: “Women, and the men who think like them, will rule the future”.

But the rate of change for gender inclusion remains slow. You are the future! At LCIBS we’ll help you shift the dial faster and teach you how to lead a dynamic and inclusive future for all.




Times are changing. It’s not leadership as usual; we are in a defining moment in history to influence and change business and social realities.

This course provides women with the tools and techniques to face the realities of complex work environments. Increasingly women play a valuable role in responding to the intersectionality of race, gender, class, generational dynamics and technological disruptions. Through mentoring, research, facilitation, strategy interventions and thought leadership dialogue workshops, we equip future women leaders to chart a pathway to success in our disruptive world.


Focus Areas

By the end of the programme participants will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Understand the historical drivers that underpin women’s struggles for empowerment and gender equality
  • Analyse the state of women today – the progress and constraints that still prevail in legislation, policies and practices in local and global contexts
  • Understand the current global and local movements advancing gender equality, and celebrate the voices that were previously silenced by focusing on movements such as #TimesUpX2, #MeToo, #SendMe and #TotalShutDown
  • Create an urgency in participants to become active in global and local movements that promote change to secure the well-being of all people in their countries.
  • Enable participants to adopt different mind-sets and create their own narratives by applying a behavioural framework of unlearning and relearning.
  • Engage with women and men leaders from different contexts in order to distil effective leadership lessons. Learn from role models who are championing gender equality and real inclusion in the workplace – this would be in participants’ own countries as well as in London.
  • Explore similarities and differences of power dynamics between men and women in leadership roles.
  • Identify approaches to manage conscious and unconscious bias in our daily practices.
  • Promote holistic wellness of leaders by reviewing the “Pressure Cooker” effect to enable leadership success in complex times.
  • Adopting and nurturing a culture of trust by valuing leadership diversity irrespective of race, gender, class, age, ethnicity, sexuality and religion.

How will you benefit?

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate why gender equality is complicated by the intersectionality and simultaneity of race, culture, ethnicity and sexual identity.
  • Evaluate the progress of women in business, government and society in emerging markets.
  • Diagnose their current leadership context and what their own constraints might be in preventing their full advancement.
  • Understand that in the new world of work the leadership styles of women and men complement one another, and why this is relevant in the 4th industrial revolution
  • Become active in playing a leadership role in global and local movements that promote change to secure the well-being of all people in their countries.

Course Summary

MODULE 1 | Day 1 (in country) - Leadership at a crossroads

This module delves into who you are and who you wish to become. We reference Michelle Obama’s book, ‘Becoming’, and discuss how women can develop leadership, integrity and authenticity in the disruptive world of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The module will also analyse the scope of change for women, from the suffragette movement to present, and how women can increase the rate of change when it comes to gender equality. You’ll learn about the intersectionality of race, gender, class, sexuality and age as barriers for equality.

MODULE 2 | Day 2 (London)

Day 2 is all about networking – meet your fellow participants from across the world and get introduced to some of your lecturers and industry experts. They will be part of a panel on understanding the complexities of Africa within the global economic context. You will also learn more about the role of media, drawing on case studies featuring Theresa May, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern and Nana Akufo- Addo amongst others. Each participant will personally meet prominent women leaders, and will learn more about navigating bias and how to manage career and family decisions. The evening will follow with a night at the theatre, under the theme of Arts & Culture as a unifier.

MODULE 3 | Day 3 (London)
Today is an experiential day. It’s about seeing and doing, going out to talk to Londoners and finding out what the feeling of connectedness is in a globalised city. What are people saying about Brexit two years later after the referendum? You will then engage in group work, building a group ecosystem that can find win-win outcomes. Each student will have a chance to present to the class, to build confidence, personal brand and ability to give and receive constructive criticism. You will analyse a case study of a woman who became a personal brand and powerful change agent, and how she epitomised the quiet power of advocacy and influence.

MODULE 4 | Day 4 (London)

Day 4 starts with an expert panel discussion on why inclusion is good for businesses and nations in emerging markets. Then you will attend a lecture at a leading business school in London and meet with the Africa Club members. Following that is a trip to Lords Cricket Stadium, where the renowned coach, John Neal, will present a lecture on high performance teams. You will also get a chance to build your negotiation skills, and focus on centred leadership and achieving your full potential. The day will close with an evening dinner on the Thames.

MODULE 5 | Day 5 (London)

The final day in London kicks off with a visit to the Garrick Club, a traditional gentlemen’s club, where you will meet Ann Robbie – A South African who became the fi rst woman manager of the Club. She will share her experiences of breaking the mould. Following that you will create a LeanIn Circle for the LCIBS International Women’s Programme 2019, and learn more about Rania Anderson’s book, ‘Undeterred’, which talks about women unlocking opportunities in emerging markets. The day will end with a formal closing ceremony.

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