Find the best way to navigate your career with our women leadership program

You will discover like others who joined the program before you that learning about leadership and career progression with women who share similar challenges in the workplace can be incredibly powerful.

The program looks at leadership from a gender diversity angle and focuses on improving skills that have emerged from research as being more in need of development among women than men:

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Become conscious of which leadership traits you cultivate and which you suppress

Based on cutting-edge IMD research, the program takes the view that women do not need to play up classic male characteristics that are closely linked to the standard image of leadership to get ahead in their career. Rather, as a woman, you need to subtly play up a mix of leadership traits typically viewed as male and female to chart your own path to success. This allows you to stay true to yourself while stretching you in areas where you wouldn't necessarily feel spontaneously comfortable.

Learning that is actionable

Strategies for Leadership is all about learning by doing and by trying out. Frameworks and concepts are rapidly applied to you personal context. You test your new knowledge in simulation exercises which focus on typical female leadership challenges. And you conduct peer-reviewing and receive extensive group and one-on-one coaching.

You leave the program with increased self-awareness, new skills and an action plan that helps you create the future you aspire to.

Learn from other women in leadership

At IMD, we have seen that women become passionate and empowered learners in this unique setting. By drawing on the experience of peers and building powerful international networks across organizations, women such as yourself have become strong mentors and role models for each other.

Beyond your time on campus

  • Prior to the program, you are asked to reflect on your personal and professional journey so far by writing a personal narrative.
  • After the program, you attend a personal coaching session to help consolidate the program's key learnings. Additional coaching sessions can also be arranged (fees apply).
  • A number of follow-up events are also organized by the alumni network, including the annual SL Alumni Retreat. These events support your ongoing leadership journey.