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Power to Women in Leadership

Create the just future!

The course​

The world needs you! Organizations with women in leadership roles outperform all-male teams by up to 66%. The world is changing from competition to co-creation, from control to acceptance, from discipline and distance to love at work. Female leaders tend to be more inclusive and community-driven. They are more likely to lead by consensus, rather than try to dictate the rules. Women often motivate their employees by helping them find self-worth and satisfaction in their work. Men are more likely to use the transactional leadership approach of providing incentives for success and penalties for failing. Men tend to be good at branding themselves. Women are more likely to be modest or silent about their own accomplishment. Reading these lines, you might have nodded. But the biggest difference between male and female is their physical difference (and this by the way is beautiful and the key to exceptional leadership – to love, honor and live our own femininity). The main differences we encounter are due to the societies and rules we are born into. It is time to have transparency about these (often unnatural) rules and decide if we stick with them or define our own ones. This course on women leadership is a journey of self-discovery, to find and live your own truth!!!

This course includes 8 online sessions speading over 4 consecutive days. Each day includes two sessions. One session is of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration.

For whom:

The course is designed for every woman working in civil society organizations who wants to become an outstanding leader by discovering her true self and learning pragmatic and effective leadership skills. We welcome participants from all levels of organizations and from diverse departments, which create a rich mix of experience and perspectives.

As this course will be a journey into your inner space, you need to be ready for this and reserve some reflection time in the evenings during our training week.

Course fees*:

EUR 550/ person (plus VAT for EU residence)

*Special Discounts for groups and CSA alumni

15% group discount: 4 or more registrations from one organization

10% individual discount: For CSA alumni


  • Receive a Certificate of


  • You can apply for the Exceptional Level

  • You will receive all the materials used during the training 

  • You will become a part of CSA alumni community 

​What you'll learn

  • The fundamentals of leadership

  • The differences between woman and man leadership  

  • The importance of self-leadership and self-care

  • The different leadership and management styles

  • What matters most to you

  • The key to exceptional leadership is inside you

  • Practical tricks and tips to change habits and actions after the trainings in order to see and feel lasting changes after the training

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Session Plan

Day 1

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Learning Zones
  • The navigation tool for the workshop

Session 2: Are we different or not?

  • As a leader you have only one tool: yourself
  • Our uniqueness as being a woman
  • Our true self and “brules” of society (bullshit rules)

Day 3

Session 5: Organizational Leadership

  • How to create a working environment where love and job satisfaction is possible?

Session 6: Self-Care

  • If I am not feeling well, complete, fulfilled, I can’t be an exceptional leader: how to integrate small changes with huge impact for my own well-being into my daily routines?
  • Understanding and setting my own boundaries

Day 2

Session 3: Self-Leadership

  • My values
  • How to live my values to the fullest?

Session 4: Team Leadership

  • Difference between leadership and management
  • Finding my own management, leadership style (4 styles, basic psychological needs and my own strengths)

Day 4

Session 7: Your own path

  • Appreciation session
  • Presentation of speeches

Session 8: Evaluation and Way Forward

  • Way Forward and Personal Development Plan
  • Implementation is key
  • Feedforward
  • Evaluation and Closing

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“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

- Malala Yousafzai - 

Meet the facilitators

Sohini Paul

An experienced facilitator, trainer and coach (offline, online, and blended courses)

As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and human rights-based approach.  

Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working on issues of local self-governance, right to information and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks.  

Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.

Petra Speier-Werner

An experienced facilitator, trainer and mentor

Petra’s mission is to be a source of inspiration and love that holds a space for everyone to grow and flow. She has been working in different sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Being an organizational psychologist, economist, and political scientist with a doctorate in change management, her trainings, lectures, and coaching are nurtured with her interdisciplinary approach. She will facilitate the training courses in Africa.

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