Taking Charge

Women’s Executive Leadership Program

Taking Charge is a 5-day intensive leadership experience for mid – to – senior-level female managers looking to gain the executive presence and capabilities necessary to lead at the executive level. The program includes a 360° leadership assessment, executive coaching, and interactive classes focused on critical skills including effective negotiation, communication, and change management.

Critical Topics, Active Learning, At a Pace That Works

  • This dynamic program focuses on critical knowledge and skills that empower effective, impactful leaders. This includes:
  • Gaining insight into individual leadership strengths and developmental opportunities via a 360° leadership assessment
  • Understanding the unique challenges of women in leadership and strategies for advancement
  • Strengthening communications skills for improved effectiveness with internal and external constituents
  • Building knowledge on strategic leadership and change management
  • Executive coaching focused on engaging and leading teams
  • Learning to build a business network for the long term
  • Interactive classes are led by faculty members who are ongoing practitioners in their areas of expertise.
  • Taking Charge is offered over the course of three months enabling participants to incorporate new
  • skills into their current roles.

A Program for Mid-to-Senior Level Women

  • In a significant management role, demonstrating career progression
  • Designated to assume increased responsibilities or transitioning between functional groups
  • Desire enhanced presence and confidence for the next career stage

Program Topics and Structure (360° Leadership Assessment)

1- Women in Leadership

  • What’s in the water
  • Leadership and you
  • Leadership styles
  • Management versus leadership
  • What role does gender play?

2- Leading Through Change

  • Simulation exercise
  • Managing and promoting change
  • Engaging followers and stakeholders
  • Measuring and communicating results

3- The Power of Communication

  • Negotiating well – types and styles
  • Advocacy
  • Interests versus positions
  • Power negotiation
  • Ethical standards
  • Difficult conversations

4- Executive Coaching - Leading Teams

  • Small group sessions with professional coaches
  • Team dynamics exercise with feedback
  • How do you coach your people
  • Leader as coach: how to coach your people

5- Strategic Leadership

  • Why strategic thinking is important
  • Characteristics of strong strategic leaders
  • Levels of strategic thinking / leadership
  • Challenges to strategic leading and mitigations

6- Women on Boards

  • Corporate versus nonprofit boards
  • Expectations and responsibilities of board members
  • Board compensation
  • Essential strategies to seeking board position