Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Inspiring Women Leaders: Purpose-Driven Leadership for Business and Society

Learn from inspiring women in business and society, while building the skills you need to advance your own leadership career.

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Nottingham Business SchoolNottingham Business School

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Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University

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Become an agent of change for women in leadership

Despite significant progress in recent years, women are still underrepresented in leadership roles across society. This gives women comparatively fewer role models in leadership, as well as having a trickle-down effect on their quality of life, career prospects, and earning potential.

This ten-week microcredential from Nottingham Business School aims to address the underrepresentation of women in leadership. As you explore women’s inspiring contributions to business and society, you’ll be laying the groundwork for your own leadership career.

Whether you’re an aspiring, an emerging, or an experienced leader, you’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to lead with purpose and authenticity.

Explore the role of female leadership in business and society

You’ll start by exploring how female leadership has emerged, and what role women play across all sectors of society: from business and politics to healthcare and the economy.

Week 1 of the course will present a wide range of case studies and interviews with inspiring female entrepreneurs, political leaders, scientists, and women leading for social change and corporate leadership. You can use these women as role models in your own leadership journey.

Understand the barriers women face in leadership

As well as hearing success stories, you’ll also investigate some of the obstacles women face in their journey to leadership. You’ll reflect on important factors of and barriers to representation, including emotion in leadership, the imposter phenomenon, ‘think leader/think male’ and the likability challenge.

You’ll also review some important myths around female leadership, discussing strategies for challenging these in your life and work.

Develop the leadership skills you need to succeed

Like other leadership courses from Nottingham Business School, this microcredential has a firm focus on leadership in practice.

Your learning will be grounded in real-world scenarios, equipping you with the practical competencies you need for your career. These include building resilience and self-awareness, working and interacting with others, communicating your needs, and developing a personalised leadership identity and style.

Learn to lead and inspire other women around you

Once you’ve built up your confidence and leadership potential, you can begin reflecting on ways of inspiring and uplifting others.

The second half of the course will focus on the importance of influencing and storytelling, revealing how one woman leader can become a voice of change for others. Advocacy, support networks, opportunity scanning, personal resilience and career self-efficacy can all help you move forwards while championing others.

By the end of the ten-week microcredential, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to advocate, aim higher, and become an agent of change for women across society.

How will this microcredential help in my career?

This microcredential is specifically designed to help women anticipate and navigate the challenges associated with female leadership. You’ll receive tailored guidance and advice to help you maximise your leadership potential.

You’ll be equipped with tools that are applicable to a whole host of fields and sectors, including negotiation skills, interview techniques, resilience, teamwork proficiency, and more.

Whether you are hoping to unlock a specific leadership role or hone your skills and confidence in general, your instructors will provide the support you need to achieve your career goals.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the course, you’ll write a 2,000-word individual reflective report analysing what it means to be a purpose-driven leader and how this relates to women in leadership.

You’ll be required to set out your own vision for leadership, setting out a communication and action plan for the next 12-18 months, and identifying any challenges and opportunities you may encounter along the way. This will test your ability to establish a clear leadership vision and implement it with purpose and authenticity.

Will I receive university credits?

Yes, you’ll earn 10 Level 7 credits at postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University.

You can use these credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School (NBS)

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is part of Nottingham Trent University and has achieved the highest international benchmark of excellence for business schools.

What skills will you learn?

  • To maximise leadership opportunities
  • To position yourself as a leader in your organisation, community, or wider society
  • To develop your capability to lead
  • To develop leadership capability as an entrepreneur
  • To better manage your leadership career
  • To be a role model and avocat for diverse talent
  • To identify and overcome leadership challenges
  • To clarify your purpose-driven vision as a leader
  • Builds confidence in leadership capability
  • Improve self-awareness as a leader
  • Expand awareness of purpose-driven leadership
  • Expand awareness of ethical leadership

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To get the most out of this microcredential, learners just need some previous professional work experience and an active interest in achieving change and advocating for women in leadership.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This course is designed for women holding or aspiring to leadership positions in organisations, their community, or society more broadly.

It will be particularly valuable for women entering or applying for their leadership role, female entrepreneurs, female politicians, women working in male dominated industries, and women from minority backgrounds or marginalised groups.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Complete a taster course to prepare you for the microcredential: “Inspiring Women Leaders: An Introduction to Purpose-Driven Leadership”.

  • Course

    From 7 Oct 2024

    Inspiring Women Leaders: Purpose-Driven Leadership for Business and Society

    Build your capability to lead authentically and with purpose to maximise your impact and achieve your vision.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Women as purpose-driven leaders
      • Welcome - start here
      • The rise of female leadership
      • Purpose-driven leadership
      • Women as purpose-driven leaders
    • Week 2

      Crafting your purpose and vision
      • Purpose, values, and defining success
      • Vision in purpose-driven leadership
      • Crafting your vision
    • Week 3

      The will to lead: Your identity as a leader
      • Your identity as a leader
      • Motivation to lead
      • Identifying strengths
    • Week 4

      Leading transformation and change
      • Designing change
      • Implementing change
      • Bringing people with you
    • Week 5

      Understanding leadership styles and approaches
      • Leading authentically
      • Ethical and values driven leadership
      • Transformational leadership
      • Understanding leadership styles
    • Week 6

      Building relationships
      • Stakeholder management
      • Individual differences
      • Interpersonal relationships
      • Formative assessment
    • Week 7

      Being a woman of influence
      • Communicating authentically
      • Telling your story
      • Influencing with integrity
      • Using power for good
    • Week 8

      Negotiating when the stakes are high
      • The art of negotiating
      • Having better conversations
      • Resolving conflict
    • Week 9

      Confident career management
      • Strategies for career success
      • Building your support network
      • Navigating obstacles and derailers
    • Week 10

      Resilience and thriving
      • Resilience and thriving during setbacks
      • Finding balance
      • Final summary and reflections
      • The summative assessment
  • After learning

    Explore other microcredentials from Nottingham Business School and build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.

What you will receive

10 UK Credits at Level 7 at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Business School

You’ll receive 10 Level 7 postgraduate credits from Nottingham Trent University. These can be put towards the total needed to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by 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.

Career-focused learning by 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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