Two main objectives of the Centre for Women Leadership (CWL) at Mancosa [GSB] are to promote active discourse on female leadership and to network with stakeholders and interested parties. The Centre has therefore been active in forging networks with stakeholders and interested parties, one of them being the Gender Studies Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of the collaborative engagement between the Gender Studies Department and the CWL, the Head of the Centre, Dr Claudine Hingston, gave a lecture to undergraduate gender studies students at the Howard College Campus on the 21st of October 2015.
The lecture titled ‘Beyond Cell Phones, Briefcases, Laptops and Formal Suits: Rethinking Female Leadership’ examined stereotypical assumptions and images about female leaders and argued that leadership is more about innate qualities than the outer image. The lecture also employed pictures as visual aids to provide a better understanding of issues. The lecture was very interactive as Dr Hingston encouraged the students to give their opinions and thoughts on the topic. Gender studies lecturer, Dr Gabisile Mkhize, said that the lecture was a welcome initiative and that she looked forward to further collaborative programmes between CWL and the Gender Studies Department.