This five-course certificate program examines the issues facing women in leadership positions and offers strategies for handling them. Professor Deborah Streeter balances academic research regarding social norms and expectations with practical strategies for operating effectively within the workplace. She discusses how to outmaneuver the “double bind” dilemma, showing strong leadership qualities without being penalized for it. Professor Streeter discusses how women can best negotiate in the workplace, ways to effectively provide both positive and negative feedback and how they can strengthen their emotional intelligence to stand out as a leader among both men and women.
This certificate positions women who are in leadership positions to recognize when there is a gender dimension at work and how they can outstrategize gender bias and their own habits to achieve better results.
Cornell University Certificate
Students who successfully complete all five courses in this certificate program receive a Women in Leadership Certificate from Cornell University’s College of Business.
Cornell University’s Dyson School will also give .6 Professional Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to each student who successfully completes each course.
Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Professional Development Credits
This certificate is valid for 30 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.
Navigating the Double Bind
Most women in leadership roles face a very common dilemma: If they’re strong, assertive leaders, they’re viewed as domineering and abrasive, encountering resistance as a result; if they aren’t assertive enough, they’re viewed as weak and a pushover, making it hard to get support within the organization. In this course, you will examine that very common “double bind” and identify strategies to deal with it.
Many women say they would rather go to the dentist than to negotiate for themselves. Why? Women are taught early to create equity in relationships. When you negotiate with someone and you feel that you’re taking something away from them, that feels like a violation of the social contract you were raised with. There’s little wonder, then, that negotiation feels deeply uncomfortable for many women.
Using Emotional Intelligence to Drive Results
Research shows that emotional intelligence is a critical predictor of performance and a very strong driver of leadership and personal excellence. Those with high emotional intelligence can typically read a room quickly, clue into subterfuge and more easily show respect and empathy. While soft skills such as those may not sound impressive, they can be imperative for a woman in a leadership role. You can be a top performer without any emotional intelligence, but the numbers are against you.
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Research shows that feedback is critical for leaders and that creating a culture of feedback is key to a team’s success. The more successful a team is, the better an organization’s bottom line. However, there is an art to giving and receiving feedback and if not done properly, feedback can have a negative impact to morale. Conversely, teams who receive feedback in a positive, supportive way will strive to continue to do well.
Outsmart the Work-Life Balance
To maintain energy and positive focus, it’s critical for women in leadership roles to maintain a healthy and productive balance between their professional and personal lives. In this course, Professor Deborah Streeter examines the typical work-life balance conflicts that interfere with productivityand happiness. Students will also examine ways to create various checks to ensure they stay in balance, allowing them to move forward effectively, focusing energy on the tasks that will have the greatest positive impact.
How it Works
Who Should Enroll
- Women who are mid- to-senior level managers, regardless of whether they have a formal team to lead
- Women who aspire to move into leadership roles and have a minimum 3-5 years professional experience
Enroll at www.ecornell.com