Road to Leadership in South Africa
Our Road to Leadership training supports women entrepreneurs in South Africa to thrive as leaders.
For women in South Africa, entrepreneurship can be challenging. Widespread gender stereotypes undermine women’s confidence in business, holding them back from success as leaders. In fact, women’s small and medium sized businesses have 33% less turnover than men’s. While the government has expressed support for gender equality, effective policy implementation remains elusive.
Our country assessment in 2021 indicated that women entrepreneurs in South Africa had an appetite for programmes that teach confidence, negotiation, networking and communication skills, which promote empowerment and support women’s leadership.
In 2022, with the support of our partners at DHL Express and the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy, our Road to Leadership programme was piloted in South Africa.
Our Road to Leadership programme guides participants through the leadership, communication and advocacy basics needed to grow as powerful changemakers through three online sessions. The training supports them to better lead and influence within their companies, with their stakeholders and beyond.
So far, 32 South African women entrepreneurs have participated in the programme, which has seen incredible impacts:
94% of participants said it allowed them to identify key skills needed to be a good leader.
99% of participants would recommend this programme to others.
94% of participants said they learned about using advocacy to address gendered structural barriers.
Road to Leadership: an introduction to leadership and influencing
Our Road to Leadership training supports women entrepreneurs to build the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to thrive as leaders and understand how to influence change.
Road to Leadership in South Africa is supported by our partner DHL and delivered with our partner Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy.