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Inspiring Women Leaders: An Introduction to Purpose-Driven Leadership

Explore the vital role women play in business and society, while building the confidence you need for your own leadership career.

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Inspiring Women Leaders: An Introduction to Purpose-Driven Leadership

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  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Lead more confidently with Nottingham Business School

Despite a century of progress, women are still under-represented in leadership roles. Many women lack the confidence to accomplish their aspirations and strive for senior positions.

On this three-week course from Nottingham Business School, you’ll discover the vital contribution female leaders make to business and society. Understanding what has made other women successful as leaders will empower you to take the next step in your leadership career.

Explore inspiring female role models and their leadership attributes

The course will start with an exploration of what it means to be a successful female leader. You’ll look at examples of inspiring women in leadership and discuss their specific approaches and attributes.

You’ll also learn why women tend to perform best as purpose-driven leaders.

Build confidence and harness your own leadership potential

The next step is to develop your own capacity to lead.

You’ll learn how to recognise and capitalise on your strengths, while identifying areas of untapped potential.

Develop your support network and expand your sphere of influence

In the final week of the course, you’ll learn how building a strong network can support you and advance your career. You’ll discuss how to learn from others while building your own leadership legacy.

You’ll finish the course inspired and equipped to inspire others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds My name is Dr. Suzanne Ross, and I’ll be supporting you through your course. This course is designed for women aspiring to be or already in leadership roles in business or society. It’s also for you if you’re a female entrepreneur wanting to develop your leadership capability, or if you have a vision and you want to develop your leadership ability and confidence to bring your vision to life. Progress has been slow with regard to the number of women at the highest levels of leadership. Research shows women’s start ups receive just a small fraction of venture capital funding.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 seconds That women remain underrepresented in leadership roles across business and society has implications for the economy, politics, sport, the environment, health, social change and the advancement of scientific fields. We’re also experiencing around the world decisions that are having a significant impact on the freedoms and choices for women. Despite this, we’re increasingly seeing women step up to lead in business and society and lead in a purposeful way, in a way that reflects a commitment not only to profit, but to people and the planet, creating organisations that are purpose driven and aligned to values. This course highlights the contribution women make to leadership in business and society.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds It supports women, whatever stage they’re at in their leadership journey and building their confidence, finding their voice and developing their support network to raise that influence and contribution. The course runs across three weeks, in week one, we reflect on the importance of female leaders in business and society. You will explore the importance to your leadership of the triple bottom line of profit people and planet. In this context, we’ll explore what successful female leaders are doing that helps them to be successful. In week 2, you start to define what success means for you. Self-awareness is so important in leadership.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 seconds You develop your self-awareness by reflecting on your strengths and developmental areas as a leader, incorporating an understanding of their skills, knowledge and capabilities leaders need for the future. All in the context of your definition of what success means to you. You’ll develop a good understanding of how to play to your strengths as a leader and share these with others on the course, celebrating what you’re good at and enabling you to lead authentically. In Week three, you’ll consider how to expand your support network. A good quality support network provides us with knowledge, access, opportunity, inspiration, relationships, all of which increases our resilience, confidence and capability. You’ll also reflect on ways to increase your influence as you take your vision forward.

Skip to 3 minutes and 6 seconds During the course, there’ll be the opportunity to interact and learn with other talented women. So do please introduce yourself in the comments below and enjoy the course.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Nottingham Business School

    • Welcome to 'Inspiring Women Leaders: An introduction to Purpose-Driven Leadership’

      This activity will introduce the course and the educator.

    • Women as Purpose-driven Leaders

      This week we will reflect on the importance of female leaders for business and society and explore the attributes that help female leaders to be successful.

    • What helps female leaders to be successful

      In this activity we will continue to reflect on the importance of female leaders for business and society and explore the attributes that help female leaders to be successful.

  • Week 2

    Developing Your Capability to Lead

    • Understanding your leadership potential

      In this activity you will explore what it means to be a successful leader.

    • Playing to your strengths

      This activity will explore what it means to play to your strengths as a leader.

    • Identifying your development areas

      In this activity, we will identify areas where you need development as a leader.

  • Week 3

    Developing your support network

    • Developing your support network

      In this activity we will explore examples of how women at work use support networks for success.

    • Opportunity scanning and your sphere of influence

      In this activity we will look at your sphere of influence and how you can influence others.

    • Congratulations and next steps

      Here we will close this short course and look at what would be covered in the microcredential.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the importance of female leadership for business and society
  • Explore the attributes critical to success as a leader for women
  • Evaluate your own leadership potential
  • Develop confidence in your own leadership capability
  • Develop your support network
  • Understand how to opportunity scan to raise your influence

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for women in, or aspiring towards, leadership roles in any sector of business or society.

Wherever they are at in their careers, the course will empower its learners to take the next step.

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Internet connection and access to a standard search engine.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer in Executive Education at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Founder of 2thrive Consultancy and a qualified experienced Executive Coach.

Who developed the course?

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

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