Women’s Leadership Development

Elevate Talented Women to Lead Your Organization

Our leadership training for women focuses on the critical skills and competencies proven to make organizations thrive.

The women in your organization make up half of your talent pipeline, from your front lines to your C-suite. And while there’s no one formula for being an effective leader, it’s a little more complicated when it comes to women in leadership. Double standards, the second shift, and the infamous glass ceiling place disproportionate burdens on women.

Despite recent gains in the share of women in leadership, with 25% in senior management roles as of early 2020, the pandemic has undone much of that progress — with women now leaving the workforce at much higher rates than men.

That’s why it’s critical that organizations make intentional efforts to invest in retention and support of talented women leaders.

Across industries, organizations are meeting this challenge by providing more work-life balance support, offering leadership training for women, and evolving their policies and practices. These initiatives have become a standard part of how companies are working to keep and advance talented women in leadership roles.

At CCL, we’ve been trailblazing women’s leadership development since 1987 — with some of the earliest research on breaking the glass ceiling, to our pioneering leadership training for women, to our organizational solutions for building greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. Driven by client demand, we’ve helped thousands of women leaders navigate workplace challenges and have partnered with hundreds of organizations for innovative women’s leadership development solutions.

Women in Leadership Help Make Your Entire Organization Better

Having more women in leadership makes organizations better. It’s as simple as that. In addition to driving bottom-line financial performance, research has also found that having more women in leadership roles predicts higher job satisfaction and commitment to the organization — for people of all genders.

But for all the benefits of women in leadership, barriers still remain. That’s where targeted leadership programs for women come in. They can help individual women better navigate challenges, and help organizations better recruit, support, retain, and promote high-potential women. Our women’s leadership development programs offer a safe environment to explore aligning goals with intentions, balancing self-promotion with authenticity, building a strategic network, and creating greater work-life balance.

Women's leadership development at the Center for Creative Leadership
Women's leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership

Create a World-Class Women's Leadership Development Initiative

As important as individual leadership training for women is, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Gender equity is a systemic issue, and real change requires getting the whole organization involved. Now is the time for your organization to prioritize making gender equity in your workplace a reality.

Whether you’re looking for a customized, top-to-bottom solution tailored to support the talented women in your entire organization, or scalable programs designed to strengthen your overall culture to be more equitable and inclusive, we offer a variety of human-centered, research-backed women’s leadership development solutions for every budget, available both virtually and in-person.

Choose the Women's Leadership Development Solution That’s Right for Your Organization

Our Women’s Leadership Experience is a bold, multi-phased leadership training for women that can be customized for your organization’s unique context and culture.

Partner with us to craft a development experience that equips your high-potential, high-achieving women in leadership roles with the skills they need to advance even further, helping them increase their influence, grow their skills, and shatter limitations. This custom program can help you retain talent and increase their commitment to your organization.

  • Develop needed competencies among your top talent
  • Gender-specific format allows for greater openness in a supportive environment

Relying on decades of research about women’s leadership, as well as our deep understanding of the challenges women in face STEM fields, this intensive women’s leadership development program is especially for women in tech.

Offered by request, this leadership training for women is designed specifically for organizations in the technology industry who want to increase their diversity and improve retention and advancement of talented women leaders.

  • Focuses on the issues that are most critical for advancement
  • Offers opportunities to network with, and learn from, other women

Support women in leadership at your organization using our time-tested, proven leadership topic modules to provide access to training in targeted areas.

For example, partner with us to upskill your team in giving effective feedback, building greater psychological safety and trust, strengthening political savvy and influence skills, and helping leaders recognize, respond to, and move Beyond Bias™.

We can partner with you to craft a custom training for key populations at your organization using our world-class, research-backed content.

  • Proven content module that can be used standalone or combined into custom learning journeys

What Our Clients Are Saying

At CCL, we measure success by lives touched and impact made. That’s why the organizations we work with and the leaders we empower consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with us isn’t just a game-changer, it’s a life-changer. For decades, our leadership training for women has helped organizations support, advance, and retain talented women in leadership roles.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“In CCL, WICT found the ideal partner, well versed in providing best-in-class leadership development and bursting with faculty and staff committed to their clients’ success.”

Maria E. Brennan
President & CEO
CAE, WICT

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Let's Talk About Getting More Women in Leadership at Your Organization

Have questions? Our experts are here to help. Let’s talk about how we can help you craft the women’s leadership development program you need to attract, retain, and advance top talent.

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Elevating Women in Leadership Roles: Research & Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions About Leadership Training for Women

At many organizations, while half or more of frontline workers are women, there are fewer women moving up the ranks, with very few women executives at the top. In fact, women outnumber men at almost every educational level, yet hold just 24% of senior management roles and make up only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs. Many companies struggle to tap the power of women’s leadership and have fewer women in the leadership pipeline because women in the workplace often face a disproportionate share of barriers to advancement, including double standards, the second shift, and the infamous glass ceiling.

Leadership development initiatives can help women break the glass ceiling. By offering women leadership training opportunities, providing greater flexibility and work-life balance, ensuring women leaders receive constructive feedback, and continuing to evolve organizational policies and practices, companies can keep and advance talented women in leadership roles. In addition, organizations should keep in mind that mentoring and sponsoring at work are important — particularly for women.

Recently, the pandemic has undone much of the progress women have made in the workforce in the past several decades. In fact, women are now leaving their careers at much higher rates than their male counterparts. Plus, they face additional barriers to advancement. This is why leadership training is important for women — now more than ever. Organizations must make intentional efforts to invest in the retention and support of their talented women leaders. Additionally, leadership development training helps women navigate the unique challenges they face, and advance and promote other high-potential women. 

According to our research on women in the workplace, having more women in leadership roles actually makes an organization a better place to work, for people of all genders. We found that having higher numbers of women leaders predicted several positive organizational outcomes, including less burnout, higher job satisfaction levels, and greater commitment to the organization — for both women and men. Plus, extensive cross-industry research has found that women in leadership helps to drive bottom-line financial performance.

For the most part, the same things that men do. In our study of nearly 750 women and men leaders, we found that there were no statistical gender differences when it comes to how interested men and women are in raises, promotions, and leadership development opportunities, with 81% of women reporting that they were interested to extremely interested in leadership development training. 

More questions? Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation!

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