Certificate in Women in Leadership

Cliff College is delighted to be running this short course certificate under the course leadership of Dr Joanna Williamson, co-founder of One Rock International and founder of SheLives, alongside Rev. Melissa Falk from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Certificate Women in Leadership

This short course certificate highlights the many strengths and gifts women bring to leadership. It affirms their unique styles and contributions, provides space to share stories and insights, and equips in practical and innovative ways to help women take their leadership to the next level and expand their capabilities.

Leadership can be a lonely and challenging place for everyone, but it is even more complex for women. Women in leadership are exposed to a number of persistent challenges, which if unchallenged will continue to cripple their impact and influence. Some relate to the deep-seated limiting beliefs and some to leadership practice itself. These can include: a lack of confidence and struggling with imposter syndrome; lack of initiative to lead change; feeling unable to live up to conflicting expectations, and a sense of failure when not meeting these expectations; struggling to find work-life balance; and being undervalued and underappreciated for their contribution. All these can lead to women feeling discouraged, depleted and resentful.

Our Certificate in Women in Leadership is a week-long short course designed to stretch, inform and inspire. If you're in a lay leadership role or aspiring to leadership in business, community or church settings, the Certificate in Women in Leadership is for you! If you're looking for ways to refresh your leadership tool box, or network and reevaluate your current practice, the Certificate in Women in Leadership is for you too! This short course is open to men and women, but is not designed for those in ordained ministry.

Subject Areas

Leading self:

  • Biblical and theological considerations of women in leadership
  • Knowing and valuing our unique stories and leading from our authentic self
  • Wellbeing of women in the workplace: dealing with toxic emotions, work life balance, resilience and vulnerability
  • SERVE model for personal development

Leading others:

  • How gender impacts leadership and management styles
  • Challenges facing women in leadership
  • Latest research on women in leadership drawn from international community
  • Tools to help women excel in their leadership roles

As part of the course, participants will be encouraged to put together a Personal Development Plan. This will include theological reflection on their story and key leadership areas that need further consideration and growth.

Participants gain a Cliff College Certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by auditing the short course.

I want to thank all the staff at Cliff College. I had an amazing week!

A refreshing week of great teaching in amazing surroundings.

I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience. The lectures and the fellowship were wonderful. Excellently led.

‘We are really looking forward to working again with Joanna Williamson on this key course focussed on women in leadership roles, and the crucial ministry that they offer. Designed to empower and encourage women, but also examine some of the particular issues they face in leadership, this course provides some of the necessary training into this important area of ministry.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

Dates are being confirmed. Please contact the administrator for more information.

The cost of £450.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the (mid-morning) Monday start.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place on the short course and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.


We are delighted that Methodist Women in Britain have offered some bursary funding towards this course. See the MWiB website for more details of the bursary or email them directly at finance@mwib.org.uk.

To apply for this course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.