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Leadership Development

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.

Who is it for?
•Experienced managers with responsibility for leading others and making senior decisions;

•Recently-promoted executives who are facing new leadership challenges;

•Individuals with at least 5 years of management experience leading and managing teams in an organisational context;

•Participants who are open to critically examining and building upon their own approach to leadership.

How Does it Work?
This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of ten diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete any three of these ten diplomas within a recommended 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice)

Key Benefits
Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From corporate governance to leadership development, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business issues and will help you become a stronger leader who can deal with complex issues in rapidly changing environments. Our unique learning method, immersive environment and world-class faculty all come together to deliver a learning experience unlike any other.

Structure and Flexibility
The majority of our diploma programmes are delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10-12 month period. Workshops are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The majority of our diploma programmes are assessed on a module by module basis through a variety of practical assignments, there are no examinations (excluding the Diploma in Corporate Governance).

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.


12 months
Delivery 6 x 2 day modules

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Maria Keany
Business Development Manager

To apply for this programme, please contact Maria Keany who would be delighted to discuss the application procedure with you further.
+353 1 716 8059

Subjects taught

Module Dates

Heading Date Description

Orientation 28th Feb 2019 (Thurs 2-5pm) Orientation

Module 1 1st & 2nd Mar 2019 (Fri & Sat) The Personal Dimension - Exploring My Leadership Impact

Module 2 12th & 13th Apr 2019 (Fri & Sat) The Relationship Dimension - Enhancing My Leadership Impact

Module 3 24th & 25th May 2019 (Fri & Sat) The Team Dimension - Building My Leadership Impact

Module 4 5th & 6th July 2019 (Fri & Sat) The Systems Dimension - Aligning for Organisational Impact

Module 5 13th & 14th Sept 2019 (Fri & Sat) The Resilience Dimension - Sustaining My Leadership Impact

Module 6 25th & 26th Oct 2018 (Fri & Sat) The Future Dimension - Committing To Leadership Impact

Assessment method

Assessments and Workload

This programme involves no examinations – instead the emphasis throughout is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit you and your organisation. Assessment workload is spread across the duration of the programme to enable you to combine learning with work and life demands. In order to accelerate learning, between modules participants are expected to complete assigned reading from texts, cases and articles.

All continuous assessment is completed by participants either individually or in groups and this is set out in the study guide for each module. Some modules require pre-coursework in addition to the post-coursework which is set for each taught modules.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake 28th Feb 2019

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