About this Course
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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....
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AssertivenessCommunicationNegotiationLeadership
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English, German...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
1 hour to complete

WEEK 1: Yourself as a Leader—Developing your Leadership Identity

This week describes the objectives, learning goals, key questions and overview of this course, “Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change!” Current research on organizations in the US and globally is examined to identify women’s leadership strengths, styles and aspirations. We then focus on leading with authentic purpose. We define inspiring leadership and discuss the strategies of high achieving women. Values and leadership vision are discussed in the context of developing the identity of a leader. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 32 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Watch: Our Organizations Need Women Leaders!10m
Watch: Leadership Vision19m
Reading3 readings
Read: Navigating the Course10m
Read: Required Reading List10m
Read: Required and Optional Readings List10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflection: Best Self Exercise2m
Reflection: Values and Leadership Vision Exercise2m
Week
2
Clock
1 hour to complete

WEEK 2: The Current State of Women's Leadership at the Top!

This module focuses on the representation and status of women in senior leadership positions in organizations and governments across the world. We focus especially on statistics depicting the representation of women executives and directors on corporate boards, and address why women at the top matter, the nature of the glass ceiling phenomenon, and what countries are doing to address and remedy the glass ceiling effect. We then examine organizational, interpersonal and individual level barriers and challenges that constrain the advancement of women. We define and provide examples of important concepts such as second generation gender bias and the accumulation of disadvantage. Strategies to overcome barriers and challenges that are known to work for women are discussed next. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 33 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Watch: Why So Few, Why So Slow?16m
Reading2 readings
Read: Required Readings List10m
Read: Required and Optional Readings List10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflection: Global Context of Women at the Top Exercise2m
Reflection: Connect with the Experience of Others Exercise2m
Week
3
Clock
1 hour to complete

WEEK 3: Women's Leadership Presence

This week we discuss the so-called “gender confidence gap” where women are seen to have lower self-confidence for leadership than men, and then redefine and reframe self-confidence as a combination of authenticity, self-efficacy, adaptability and resourcefulness, and persistence and grit. The module brings in one of Dr. Bilimoria’s doctoral students to talk about her own self-confidence journey. Finally we provide some tips about demonstrating self-confidence through voice and effective non-verbal communication. Next we focus on navigating politics and gaining influence in organizations. We define organizational politics and power, and discuss strategies to respond positively to political situation in organizations and deploy power and influence. We discuss the role of unwritten rules in organizations, how to develop social capital to build relationships and form alliances necessary for effective performance and career development. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Watch: Navigating Organizational Politics20m
Reading2 readings
Read: Required Readings List10m
Read: Required Readings List10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflection: Self-Confidence Assessment Exercise2m
Reflection: Power Map Exercise2m
Week
4
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1 hour to complete

WEEK 4: Leadership Tools for Women

This week we focus on building the skills of negotiating effectively. We start with understanding the gender gap in negotiating, and the consequences of not negotiating for women. The skills of win-win negotiating are discussed in terms of employing a collaborative approach to negotiating. Key concepts such as interest based negotiation, BATNA, and emotions in negotiating are examined. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Reading1 reading
Read: Required and Optional Readings List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Apply your Skills: Negotiation Practice Exercise2m
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Top Reviews

By ATDec 13th 2016

Thought-provoking course that validated many of my experiences. Helpful tips and frameworks for women and men alike. Thank you, Dr. Bilimoria!

By FVOct 19th 2017

excellent course. I work with many women and it was great to learn more about the influence they have on the work force.

Instructor

Diana Bilimoria, PhD

KeyBank Professor and Chair of Organization Behavior
Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a leading national research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. Through its seven schools and college, Case Western Reserve offers top-10 programs in health law, organizational behavior and social work and top-25 programs in biomedical engineering, international law, medicine and nursing. More than 4,000 undergraduate and nearly 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled at CWRU, representing all 50 states and more than 90 countries....

About the Inspired Leadership Specialization

In this specialization you will learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress and renew your body and mind by building better relationships and positive approaches to leadership. You will learn the power of asking questions to become a more inclusive and self-confident leader, and how to effectively coach others toward sustained, desired change, learning or increased motivation in life and work....
Inspired Leadership

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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