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 an option for you, 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
- Women’s Leadership Coaching — Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series (starts in June, $188 for six new webinars per year with additional access to six recent ones).
- eCornell — courses in business, management, and leadership, including a Women in Leadership Certificate that requires 3-5 hours a week for 2.5 months; also offers one-off courses such as “Becoming a Powerful Leader.”
- American Management Association — offers in-person courses for women, but also has free webcasts for women (e.g., “Become a Better Leader: Unleash the Power of Vision,” and “What It Takes to Be a Courageous Woman Leader“) as part of its Women’s Leadership Center.
- Progressive Women’s Leadership — 60-minute, on-demand webinars for $199 each, such as “Women’s Leadership: Coaching Your Team to Excel” and “Handling Conflict with Confidence and Tact,” plus free podcasts such as “Keys to Successful Mentorship” and “Why Women Are Better Qualified to Manage Millennials.” (Hmm, intriguing.)
- Coursera & Case Western Reserve University — “Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change!”; requires 1-3 hours a week for 5 weeks and is taught by a professor from Case Western.
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 — leadership and management courses (offers two membership plans).
- Coursera — tons of courses on leadership and managing people; most Coursera learning is $29-$99.
- Skillshare — offers courses in leadership and management (but the search function isn’t great, and Skillshare uses those categories very broadly, e.g., “Getting Started with Prezi” is included in “Leadership”); free or premium options.
- edX — business and management training through “high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions,” with options to earn a MicroMasters Certificate or Professional Certificate.
- The Open University‘s OpenLearn (UK) — free courses on leadership and management.
Have you gone through 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?