2020 Update: We stand by this advice on online classes for working women — and links have been updated below — but you might want to check out our more recent post on online classes to take for fun.
Managing people is hard. And managing people as a woman brings its own complications and considerations. Management and leadership training specifically designed for women can help, but if traditional in-person training isn’t in the cards, there’s plenty of online women’s management training out there, and that’s what Reader K is looking for. She asks:
Do you have any suggestions for online leadership/managerial training programs for women (or anyone really)? I am a government lawyer stepping into a managerial position and there is no formal training beyond my past experience watching my supervisors. I would like to take a more proactive step toward developing better managerial and leadership skills, but don’t know where to start. Thanks!
Great question, K! It’s been a couple of years since we talked about resources for becoming a better manager, so this is a great time for an update. (We’ve also discussed online classes for working women, executive presence for women leaders, dressing like a manager, imposter syndrome, delegating work, and whether you should be friends with staffers.)
Here’s our list of online women’s management training (plus some general training for everyone):
Online Management Training for Women
- Be Leaderly — offers workshops, webinars, and coaching programs for emerging women leaders. Its Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series is a yearlong, five-part series that blends skills training with advice. As of April 2020, the cost is $207.
- Cornell Online — offers courses in business, management, and leadership, including an Executive Women in Leadership Certificate that requires 3–5 hours a week for 3 months and costs $3,600 (or $770/month) as of April 2020. Cornell Online also offers one-off courses such as Power Dynamics and Ethics in Negotiation.
- American Management Association — offers a Women’s Leadership Certificate Program, both online (four lessons) and in-classroom (two days). It is designed for women who want to take on a leadership role, advance their careers, and/or develop their leadership skills. The cost is $2,995 ($2,695 for AMA members) as of April 2020.
- Progressive Women’s Leadership — provides live training for $199 (two courses: presentation skills and leadership communication), on-demand webinars for $199 (creating an inclusive, diverse organization; positive leadership; coaching techniques; and more) and custom training (email or call for details). An all-access subscription includes one year of unlimited access and nine downloadable leadership ebooks. Progressive Women’s Leadership also offers podcasts and a blog. Fees are current as of April 2020.
- Coursera & Case Western Reserve University — “Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change” is taught by a professor from Case Western and requires about 20 hours to complete (with flexible deadlines). It aims to “empower women and men to lead change with more conviction and confidence — and improve our workplaces and communities for all.” As of April 2020, the course is offered free of charge.
Online Management Courses for Anyone
- MIT OpenCourseWare — free access to course materials (lecture notes, etc.) for a number of MIT management courses.
- Udemy — courses on leadership and other career topics, in a range of prices.
- Lynda (now LinkedIn Learning) — leadership and management courses (offers one free month of membership as of April 2020 and is $19.99/month thereafter).
- Coursera — tons of courses on leadership and managing people; most Coursera learning is $29-$99.
- Skillshare — offers courses in leadership and management; free or premium options.
- edX — business and management training; offers various certificate and degree programs.
- The Open University‘s OpenLearn (UK) — free courses on leadership and management.
Have you completed any online women’s management training? Any of the ones above? How about in-person management training? For managers: What were the most important tools and resources that have made you a better manager?