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Director Development Programme - Advanced Leadership for Directors

The Advanced Leadership for Directors course is built around current practice in leadership and management. People will be provided with the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of contemporary leadership practices, reflecting on how these can be developed in an emerging digital and global economy.  

Participants can expect to engage in a range of group and individual workshop activities where role play, scenario setting, thought leadership activity and instructional learning will take place. 

The taught elements of the course will include an overview of the following areas: 

  • Self-awareness in leadership 
  • Developing an inquisitive mind set 
  • Managing performance and measuring progress 
  • Influencing a positive culture in the workplace 
  • Managing diverse inter-dependent teams 
  • Developing resilience in the workforce 
  • Thought leadership 
  • Team coaching 

This is one of five modules, which together make up the full Directors Development Programme. The module can be taken on its own or as part of the full programme. By attending this course, you will gain invaluable insights from industry experts into new ways of working, innovative concepts and the latest theories that can be applied instantly on returning to your own organisation. 

Course Summary


Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership for Directors


2 Day


Virtual Central Manchester Central London

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About the Programme

This programme has been designed for managers, directors and senior stakeholders with a minimum of three years’ senior management experience. 


This course is for you if you want to: 

  • Increase confidence in applying strategic leadership and management skills and competencies 
  • Learn to build, develop and inspire resilience in the workforce 
  • Increase confidence to challenge and influence board level decisions and company direction 
  • Learn strategies for shaping and influencing change and transformation 

On completion of this module, learners will:

  • Gain an awareness of 21st Century leadership practice and its relevance to the role of the director and the board
  • Understand the importance of developing an inquisitive mindset and leading organisational change and knowledge development
  • Understand how to inspire, influence and build high performing teams and measure their progress
  • Have an ability to Influence a positive culture in the workplace through effective, responsible, and sustainable board leadership
  • Have developed the required skills and increased awareness for what is expected to successfully manage teams that operate in the emerging digital and global economy
  • Develop an ability to build, develop and inspire resilience into the workforce
  • Possess the skills to apply a range of tools to engineer business improvements to benefit their organisation
  • Have the ability to practically embed leadership and management development in the workplace in the context of business improvement
  • Develop the skills to act as a silent leader – guiding and influencing others to act so that a team building approach is adopted

Session 1

Understanding and Defining leadership

Key themes include: 

  • What is leadership?
  • Different approaches to leadership
  • Creating a vision
  • Motivating, engaging and inspiring others
  • Overseeing the delivery and execution of the vision
  • Building and coaching a team to achieve the vision

Session 2

Leading the Organisation

  • Explore the role of the director and the board in the context of leadership
  • The Board as a team, dynamics and creating a high performing board
  • Creating, selling and delivering the vision
  • Understanding the organisational culture and building a performance focused culture
  • Managing and leading organsiational change
  • Leading through adversity and managing risk
  • Inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Managing conflict

Session 3

Personal Impact and Influence

Key themes include: 

  • Explore how your behaviour and actions as a leader impacts others
  • Improve personal effectiveness: asking for and responding to feedback
  • Understanding and utilising emotional intelligence
  • Bridging the gap between intention and impact
  • Understanding your influence: The importance of voice and body language
  • Developing a leadership mindset
  • Creating a personal vision and action plan as a leader

Session 4

Creating and Managing High Performing Teams

Key themes include: 

  • Leading from the front, middle and behind
  • Creating, managing and sustaining successful teams through strong leadership
  • Focusing and aligning teams around goals and the vision
  • Gaining commitment, engagement and accountability
  • Understanding team dynamics and influence
  • Tackling and overcoming challenges as a team

Session 5

Inspiring Performance and Measuring Progress

Key themes include: 

  • Leadership and motivation
  • Introducing accountability
  • the role of performance management and KPIs
  • Project management principles
  • Giving and receiving feedback positively
  • Training and coaching

Session 6

Thought Leadership

Key themes include: 

  • Becoming a thought leader 
  • Increasing your strategic visibility and credibility

You can attend the Directors Development Programme ‘Advanced Leadership for Directors’ module on an accredited and non-accredited basis. Learners opting for the accredited route will complete this module as part of the full Directors Development Programme. On completion of all five modules, you can work towards achieving the PGCert in Strategic Leadership for Directors (60 credits). 

The remaining modules are as follows: 

  • Director Development Programme – Role of the Director and the Board 
  • Director Development Programme - Finance for Non-Finance Directors 
  • Director Development Programme - Advanced Strategic Planning for Directors 
  • Director Development Programme - Strategic Marketing for Non-Marketing Directors 

The Postgraduate Certificate 

This PG Certificate in Strategic Leadership for Directors is accredited by the University of Chester and is a postgraduate qualification which sits between a degree and a masters. This is also an excellent route into a full masters, contributing 60 credits towards the 120 necessary for a masters. Students can pursue the full MBA with the University of Chester, following the PG Cert, should they so wish. 

Support and guidance 

Students are provided with: 

  • Guidance from an experienced academic assessor 
  • Literature available through the University of Chester e-library 
  • A partner specific Moodle page which is populated with course information, video content and useful resources 
  • Regular group workshops pertaining to various study skills  

The assignments 

Students will complete three assignments. Each is assessed through a work-based critically reflective essay or report. As it is work-based learning and the assessments can all be applied to the business situation/workplace, this then gives both the student and the wider organisation a chance to learn and adapt business practice.     

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson


A versatile business leader having held 5 divisional MD roles and been Chief Sustainability Officer within a FTSE 250 plc, followed by 6 years as Chief Executive within a private, family-owned business. Now operating as a consultant and business advisor assisting organisations improve their performance.

Tom has been responsible for delivering projects and services to customers in both private and public sectors including communications, defence, retail, health and logistics. Businesses Tom has led include construction, facilities management, property development, architecture, vehicle and plant asset management, recruitment and training.

He has a track record of driving transformation and improvement and is driven by an enthusiasm for customer service and responsible business.

Tom is a member of the Advisory Board to the Lincoln International Business School.

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  • Increase confidence in applying strategic leadership and management skills and competencies
  • Learn to build, develop and inspire resilience in the workforce
  • Increase confidence to challenge and influence board level decisions and company direction
  • Learn strategies for shaping and influencing change and transformation


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