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Leadership Development

Being a leader today is challenging. The demands produced by environmental uncertainty and volatility are enormous. Leaders are asked to ‘do more with less’; find creative solutions; be agile, flexible and collaborative; lead change; achieve tough targets; develop and monitor KPIs for themselves and their teams; be sensitive to the needs of multiple stakeholders; develop and implement strategies; manage conflict; build high-performing teams as well as a host of other requirements. Surviving and prospering in this climate means that leaders need to be able to think clearly, to prioritise efficiently, to interact productively and to be proactive rather than reactive.

The Diploma in Leadership Development is about helping participants to become better leaders, whatever their leadership role is. It is about understanding how they themselves contribute to their eventual success and that of their team and organisation.

What will I get from this programme?

Participation on the programme will provide you with the skills to explore and find your leadership style in order to meet the challenges you face in your role and in your organisation. It will help you to build awareness of your leadership challenges, while identifying a range of approaches to explore and the necessary skills to implement interventions to good effect.

Specifically, the modules will address:

•Enhanced awareness of who you are as a leader.

•Acquisition of the practical skills required in order to
develop productive relationships among your team and organisational network.

•Provision of feedback and support to help you make successful behavioural changes to your leadership role.

•The capacity to understand the organisational challenges facing leaders today.

•Enhanced self-awareness of the emotional, physical and behavioural challenges facing you as a leader

Who is it for?

• Experienced managers with responsibility for leading others and making important decisions.

• Recently promoted executives who are facing new leadership challenges.

• Individuals with at least 5 years work experience leading and managing teams in an organisational context.

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


6 two-day modules (Fri & Sat) over 12 months

Number of credits

Accredited: NFQ Level 9 & Credit: 30 ECTS

Careers or further progression

The Diploma in Leadership Development forms part of the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of eleven diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete three of these eleven diplomas within a 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice). The diploma options available in the Masters pathway are as follows:

Professional Diploma in Leadership Development
Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance
Professional Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry)
Professional Diploma in Organisation Renewal & Transformation
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma Industry)
Professional Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching
Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance
Professional Diploma in Business Finance
Professional Diploma in High Performance Sales and Business Development

To learn more about our MSc pathway and for information on our MSc-linked diploma programmes contact a member of our team on +353 1 716 8889 or email

Further enquiries

Contact Smurfit Executive Development

For information on open enrolment and other individual programmes or to learn how your organisation can partner with UCD for a customised executive development programme, please contact us. There are a number of ways to get in touch with us, and our team is readily available to help answer any questions you may have.

By phone, fax, email or post:

Telephone: + 353 1 716 8889/8080/8050
Fax: +353 1 716 8997

Executive Development
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin‌

Subjects taught

Module 2017 Dates

Induction (afternoon) 9th February

Exploring My Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension 10th & 11th February

Enhancing My Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension 24th & 25th March

Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension 5th & 6th May

Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension 23rd & 24th June

Sustaining My Leadership Impact – The Resilience Dimension 1st & 2nd September

Committing To Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension 20th & 21st October

Timings: Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm & Saturday 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.

Please note: A telephone or personal interview with the Programme Director may form part of the admission process. The interview helps determine whether the programme is the most appropriate educational solution for the applicant.


Successful participants will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Leadership Development. The qualification is accredited (30 ECTS) and awarded by University College Dublin and is positioned at Level 9 (Masters Degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Application date

For application forms and further information on this course, please contact Annabelle Kehoe on (01) 716 8923 or Email:

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