Distance Learning Management and Leadership Training Course.

Become a better business leader.

Some people are "natural leaders", while others need to work on developing techniques and skills. Even natural leaders can benefit from undertaking some formal studies in leadership.

  • Study this course to gain a thorough training in leadership skills, whether you want to be a better leader in business, sports, education or other fields.

Leadership involves enabling and stimulating things to happen. It requires an understanding of those you are leading, an appreciation for what is hoped to be achieved and the application of the most appropriate techniques for the time and place.

In any business, supervisors, managers and business owners all need to understand, appreciate and apply leadership skills. Study this course to improve your leadership skill, and your career prospects both now and in the future.

Distance Learning Course - Learn to be a better leader.

  • Learn how to be a more effective leader, at work, in society, anywhere

  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses as a leader

  • Learn to develop capabilities that you may be lacking as a leader

  • Become a better manager and enhance your career opportunities



There are 7 lessons in the course, as outlined below.

Lesson 1.  Introduction to Leadership (nature and scope of leadership)
  • Defining Leadership.
  • Leadership and Group Culture.
  • Leadership and Accountability.
  • Theories of Leadership.
  • Leadership Styles.
  • Situational Leadership.
  • Contingency Theories.
  • Style Theories.
  • Informal Leadership.
  • Inspirational Leadership.
  • Path Goal Theory.
  • Instrumental Theories.
  • Four Framework Leadership Model.
  • Scope of Leadership.
  • Leader Responsibilities.
  • Sources of Power for a Leader.
  • Professional Leadership.
Lesson 2.  Leadership Characteristics/Qualities
  • Good Leader Characteristics.
  • Leadership Potential.
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership.
  • Cognitive Barriers to Leadership.
  • Nature versus Nurture: Leader Qualities.
  • Self Assessment.
Lesson 3. Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Empathy.
  • Influencing Others.
  • Perception.
  • Self Knowledge.
  • The Thought, Feeling, Action Cycle.
  • Developing Self Awareness.
  • Self Disclosure.
  • Assertiveness.
Lesson 4. Communication Skills
  • The Communication Process.
  • Body Language.
  • Basic Principles of Communication.
  • Factors Affecting Effective Communication.
  • Awareness.
  • Intent.
  • Listening.
  • Providing Feedback.
  • Paraphrasing.
  • Reflective Responses.
  • Summarizing.
  • Preventing Ineffective Listening.
  • Open Questions.
  • Communication Barriers.
Lesson 5. Team Building
  • Benefits of Teams.
  • Elements of a Team.
  • Establishing a Team.
  • Types of Team Members (Collaborators, Communicators, Challengers, Contributors).
  • Team Leadership.
  • Team Leader Responsibilities.
  • Decision Making in Teams.
Lesson 6. Systematic and Lateral Thinking
  • Metacognition.
  • Perception Formation.
  • Bases for Perception.
  • Information and Perception Formation.
  • Gestalt Theory & Patterns of Perception.
  • Schemas.
  • Perception Formation Implications for a Leader.
  • Lateral Thinking.
  • Win-Win Negotiation.
  • Systematic Thinking.
  • Legal Liability.
Lesson 7. Applications
  • Explain the significance of leadership for a specific project or event.
  • Identify the role and tasks of leadership, in the same project.
  • Integrate factual information with theoretical information to derive a sensible solution to a leadership problem in a sensible time-frame in the same project.
  • Plan the development and building of the team to achieve these aims in the same project.
  • Plan actions for sustaining and motivating the team to achieve the aims.
  • Provide information on the plan of action to organize the event.

Course Duration: 100 hours


Course Aims

  • Describe the nature and scope of Leadership.
  • Determine the qualities which are required in a leader, in different leadership situations, including the workplace, recreation industries and developmental applications.
  • Manage interpersonal relationships in support of effective leadership.
  • Communicate leadership messages effectively to those you lead.
  • Explain methods that may be used for effective team building by a leader.
  • Select appropriate thought processes to follow in order to deal with different leadership problems.
  • Lead teams through innovative and creative processes.


Why Study Leadership?

Leadership is important in society.  Leaders are needed, and found in all aspects of our daily life, from the workplace to the school ground, and from the social club to government.

When Leadership is good, there is an increased probability of things being achieved with greater efficiency, and a higher level of satisfaction amongst all concerned.

Good leadership is however not something a person is born with.

Certain personal traits, such as Self confidence, may give some an advantage over others; but effective leadership requires more than simply a forceful personality that is capable of dominating everyone else.

A leader is not the same as a manager or supervisor!

Managers and supervisors are able to cause things to happen because they have legal authority to enforce orders.

Leaders do not cause things to happen because of any legal authority.

People follow leaders of their own free will; and leadership skills are those skills that allow a leader to effectively communicate with, and influence the actions of their followers

Leadership contributes to order, motivates productivity, and influences the way in which resources (human and material) are used.

Leaders are people who are in a position of power, and who use that position to influence the environment in which they abide, and the others who share that environment.

Positive leadership enables things to happen. The leader in effect influences the environment in a way that encourages certain actions.

Negative leadership disables things from happening.


What Makes a Good Leader?

General consensus is that a good leader possesses the following characteristics:

  • A genuine interest in people. Leadership is a person-to-person business that requires a positive attitude about people from the leader.
  • Imagination and enthusiasm. Imagination allows the leader to adapt to situations that are continuously changing. Enthusiasm is contagious and a leader’s enthusiasm can increase the participants’ own enthusiasm and involvement.
  • Sensitivity. Problems such as group disillusionment or pessimism, frustration, disagreement, or loss of interest will arise from time to time, and a good leader is quick to read cues or signals of problems before they develop and are more easily dealt with.
  • Integrity. Integrity is an ephemeral concept that is a combination of honesty, fair dealings, keeping one’s word and matching actions to words. Without integrity, the leader will lose the respect and probably the confidence of the group.
  • Respect. Self-respect projects self-confidence and inner strength and respect for others makes individuals feel more valued. Furthermore, the leader’s respectful attitude provides a model for group interaction that will facilitate group cohesiveness and processes.
  • Patience and persistence. Patience allows a leader to accommodate group members’ different work styles and personality and to inevitable delays and obstacles. Patience and persistence are complementary qualities that keep a leader from being easily discouraged or from losing interest. Patience, in this context, is not mere passive acceptance but a reflection of inner resolve, commitment, faith and self-discipline.
  • Honest self-assessment. Every leader will occasionally make mistakes, but a good leader will know his or her strengths and weaknesses and know the limitations of his/her abilities. Inaccurate assessment of one’s abilities will cause a leader to act in ways that eventually undermine the group’s confidence in the leader’s abilities and judgements.
  • Decision-making ability. While not all decisions will be good decisions, indecisiveness or unwillingness to assume responsibility for making decisions will cause a leader to lose valuable time and opportunities, and undermine the group’s confidence and trust. It may sometimes be better to make an acceptable decision and act upon it quickly than to delay in the hope of making the best decision. Indecisiveness on the leader’s part can be seen an needless procrastination, and group members are likely to become frustrated or impatient.
  • Administrative and organising abilities. Although planning, organising and administering may be assigned to other persons, they are an integral part of a leader’s responsibility, and may sometimes fall under the leader’s list of tasks. In either case, the leader is responsible for ensuring these tasks are carried out in a manner consistent with the group’s agreed goals and priorities.


Enrol Today or Contact us with your Questions

You can enrol on this Leadership course at any time.

You study online or by e Learning (USB memory stick). In addition to our extensive course notes and set tasks, you will complete an assignment at the end of each lesson of the course. The assignment will be marked by your tutor who will then provide you with feedback and any recommendations for further reading. If you have any questions whilst you are studying, your tutor will be on hand to assist and guide you through your studies.


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