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.  

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 training programme has been delivered in South Africa since 2022. 

Road to Leadership 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: 

Participants in 2022

100% saw a large increase in their communication skills

99% saw a large increase in their leadership skills

60% went on to undertake advocacy activities within a year

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.

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Mampho Sotshongaye, founder and managing director of Golden Rewards 1981, poses for a photograph in Cape Town, South Africa, on 28 February 2022.

Our partners

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.

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