Executive Development - Leadership Development

Programme Overview
The Diploma in Leadership Development helps participants to become better leaders. It is about understanding how they themselves contribute to their eventual success and that of their teams and organisations.

Participants will develop insight into their current leadership style, actively shift any leadership obstacles and bring about a renewed sense of leadership empowerment and purpose.

Built on strong theoretical principles that are brought to life and tested in participative module sessions, the programme is challenging and highly experiential. Participants are required to examine, share and learn from their own experiences, utilising and implementing fresh insight, tools and techniques.

Programme Benefits
On completion of this programme, participants will have the skills to explore and find their leadership style in order to meet the challenges they face in their role and their organisation. It will enable the participant to build awareness of their leadership challenges, while identifying a range of approaches to explore and the necessary skills to implement interventions to good effect.

Specifically, the modules will:
• Enhance awareness of the participant as a leader;
• Facilitate the acquisition of the practical skills required to develop productive relationships among their team and organisational network;
• Provide feedback and support to make successful behavioural changes;
• Develop the capacity to understand the organisational challenges facing leaders today;
• Enhance self-awareness of the emotional, physical and behavioural challenges facing the participant as a leader.

Programme Structure
This programme is delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10–month period. Workshops are held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The programme structure is designed in order to facilitate work/lifestyles and to assist participants integrating study into their working lives while enhancing their contribution as a member of the management team.

Subjects taught

Module 1
Exploring the Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension

Module 2
Enhancing the Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension

Module 3
Building the Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension

Module 4
Aligning for Organisational Impact - The Systems Dimension

Module 5
Sustaining my Leadership Impact - The Resilience Dimension

Module 6
Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension

Entry requirements

In general, participants must have at least 8 years of management experience and be referred by a senior executive within their organisation who is familiar with your role and responsibilities and can provide a detailed first-hand account. Leading a team within an organisation is a prerequisite - some modules are focused solely on working with teams, so if the participant is not leading a team, they won't be able to fully participate in or contribute to the programme. Moreover, participants must be open to critically examining and building upon their own approach to lead. Admission to the programme is a selective process based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility and a call with the Programme Director may form part of the application process.

Participants should also hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but whose depth of industry/organisational experience, deems them suitable participants.

Application dates

To apply for this programme, please contact a member of our team on
01 716 8889 or email exc.dev@ucd.ie or visit


12 months. Delivery 6 x 2 day modules.

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Timing: Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 4.30pm.

The diploma programme is demanding and participants should be free of other responsibilities on the days of the workshops. 100% attendance is required.

We would encourage you to check the module dates listed on the overview page to ensure your availability. If you do miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme. You will be required to complete an additional assignment as well as the module assignment. Full details on the module assignment as well as the additional assignment will be shared with the participant.

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Pathway to a Master's Degree
As Ireland's premier provider of executive development open programmes, we can help you master the right skills for the most complex global business challenges with our unique and flexible MSc pathway.

If you're an experienced professional who wants to continue in your chosen career while undertaking part-time study, then this flexible MSc pathway option will offer you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.

What is the MSc Pathway?
Our MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) is based around a framework of ten selected diploma programmes. By completing any three of these ten diplomas, within a recommended 5-year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred with the qualification of MSc Business (Leadership & Management Practice) accredited & awarded by UCD at NFQ Level 9.

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