Developing Women Leaders

The church-at-large is still divided about the question whether women should lead. Despite the ongoing debate, many female leaders have made significant contributions to the church and to their communities. This unit explores the background of the debate as well as the journeys of these women leaders–some in the midst of controversy. How did they become leaders, what was their leadership style and how did they contribute to their context? Learning from the past we will then explore how to raise and develop women leaders for the future.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: LEA220
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jacqueline Grey


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Developing Women Leaders

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit provides the student with an understanding of the principles of developing women in leadership and models of leadership adopted by women.


  1. Explain the obstacles and challenges for women in leadership, particular reference should be made to historical, social and organisational theories.
  2. Examine current legislation that relates to gender equity in organisations and analyse the implications of these frameworks;
  3. Describe a theological rationale for egalitarian attitudes to gender, and critically assess alternate perspectives;
  4. Assess the personal values necessary for women to lead within a variety of contexts
  5. Evaluate key styles, theories and models of leadership promoted by women theorists and adopted by women leaders;
  6. Critically evaluate the significance of these models of leadership in relation to communities, such as business, church culture, and local contexts.

Subject Content

  1. Social, cultural and theological grounds for gender equality in leadership
  2. The styles, theories and models of leadership adopted by women
  3. Developing and mentoring women as leaders
  4. Communication and Relational skills as applied to women’s leadership and management
  5. Developing personal resources specific to women, such as balancing work and home life.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (on campus)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forums (20%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Case Study Analysis (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided