IoD Leadership for Directors (Certificate Programme)

University of Salford, Manchester

University of Salford, Manchester


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About the course

Strong leadership is increasingly fundamental to the successful realisation of an organisation’s vision. This intensive course provides a valuable opportunity for directors to explore strategic leadership issues both within and beyond their organisation.

This module introduces a more personalised approach to leadership and delegates will be encouraged to understand and develop their own self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

This module is one of four training sessions that together make up the IoD Certificate in Company Direction.


Gain an understanding of the key competencies required to be an effective leader at board level with the opportunity to practise and develop some of these competencies.

During the course you will assess different leadership and decision-making techniques, determine how to build and sustain high-performing teams, and evaluate how these can be applied to your own organisation to contribute to its increased success.


Section 1 - What is leadership?

  • The personal nature of leadership
  • Purpose and values
  • Styles of leadership
  • Theories and models of leadership
  • Followership

Section 2 - Understanding yourself and others

  • Emotional intelligence and influence
  • Leadership and the personal brand
  • Developing leadership talent
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Making decisions

Section 3 - Leading teams

  • How to construct successful teams
  • Team development
  • Virtual (dispersed) teams
  • The board as a team
  • Board dynamics
  • Problems in teams
  • Challenges to board performance
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Role of the chair in a high-performing board

Section 4 - Leading your organisation

  • Leadership and the board
  • Organisational culture
  • Responding to risk
  • Leading in a crisis
  • Leading an ethical organisation
  • Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Leading change

Section 5 - Leading beyond the organisation

  • Building relationships and external leadership
  • Corporate responsibility and understanding stakeholders
  • Organisations, society and the environment

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of how leadership can be defined and understood in relation to the director’s role on the board.
  • Apply techniques for developing a greater awareness of one-self and of the motivations and behaviours of others
  • Create a culture which constructively engages others in the organisation to achieve the strategic objectives, and to respond effectively to crisis and change
  • Identify how leaders create influence and impact within and beyond the organisation, and assess relevant stakeholder engagement strategies.


Alison Kennedy

Alison is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds a first class honours degree in Economics and the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction. She has held a variety of accounting posts in both the public and private sector as well as senior university appointments. She currently o...

Jo Haigh

An experienced dealmaker, Jo has bought and sold over 400 companies specialising in owner managed businesses and has assisted hundreds of other businesses through successful transactions. Jo is currently non-executive director of 10 companies and has held circa 40+ non-executive roles over the l...

Murray Eldridge

Business experience Murray Eldridge is a Chartered Director and has been a member of the IoD for over 15 years. He has 40 years of international experience in shipping, offshore oil & gas, telecoms, water and international consulting. A board level operator for the last 20 years, he has held ...

Andrew Carroll

Andrew is a Chartered Director and has worked as an independent director and consultant since 1998, with extensive experience as a non-executive with SMEs and public companies, from start-up to exit. Following an early career as an economist for a European consultancy, Andrew worked as an HR dire...

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