Oxford Women's Leadership
Development Programme

Overcome gender barriers and grow as a leader within your career and organisation.


6 weeks, excluding


9–12 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

Other Detail

Learn alongside a global cohort of like-minded women leaders

Did you know?

The number of women holding FTSE 100 chief executive positions in the UK is six,
just below the number of CEOs named Dave or David.*

*Financial Times (Dec, 2018).

You'll walk away with:


Your personal development plan for leadership, based on key themes of self-acceptance, self-management, and self-development.


Tools, frameworks, and practices to help you navigate workplace challenges and to further your ability to lead, negotiate and influence with impact.


A self-reflective understanding and acceptance of your unique leadership style and strengths.


The opportunity to join a global network of like-minded professionals striving to drive gender balance in leadership positions.

This programme is for you if:

  • You’re preparing to move into a senior management or C-suite role, and want to break through the glass ceiling

  • You want to gain confidence in your unique abilities as a leader

  • You want to develop your leadership skills, to navigate the challenges women face at different stages of their career

Programme outline

Module 1: Accepting yourself as a leader
Reflect on how you have led in the past and acknowledge your abilities as a leader.

Module 2: Understanding your context
Learn how to read and diagnose context and react appropriately.

Module 3: Negotiating as a leadership practice
Understand cultural dimensions in order to negotiate effectively.

Module 4: Becoming an influential leader
Recognise how to use your unique strengths to persuade and influence.

Module 5: Developing as a leader: What can help you?
Gain an appreciation for self-development as a lifelong activity.

Module 6: Imagining your future possibilities as a leader
Create a personal development plan for your future as a leader.

Marcelle Porteous, Customer Success Director, Salesforce image

"Learning from a diverse group of women was really beneficial to me personally, not just from reading the materials and watching the video testimonials from other leaders, but also from the class discussions. The discussions really helped me to get a sense that I was not alone in my self-doubt and that there were many things that we as women need to do, including sharing more and being more open with our needs and desires in order for us all to raise the bar. I gained such a lot of self-confidence and knowledge during these past six weeks, and I will absolutely be using some of the tools, resources and learnings from this course to make a difference in my career going forward."

Marcelle Porteous, Customer Success Director, Salesforce

Your Programme Directors

Sue Dopson

Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sue Dopson is deputy dean of Saïd Business School, and academic director of both the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, Oxford Strategic Leadership programme and the Women Transforming Leadership programme. Sue is a noted specialist on the personal and organisational dimensions of leadership and transformational change.

Kathryn Bishop

Associate Fellow
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Kathryn Bishop is the programme director of the Women Transforming Leadership programme at Oxford Saïd. With over 30 years’ experience working with organisations undergoing major change, in both the public and the private sector, she also directs and teaches on leadership programmes for professional service firms and multinational corporations.

An online education that sets you apart

This Oxford Women's Leadership Development Programme is delivered in collaboration with leaders in digital education GetSmarter. Join a global community of professionals who have already had the opportunity to:


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you learn around your schedule


Enjoy a personalised and supported online learning experience


Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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