Leading for High Impact and Results

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

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The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


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Who should attend

  • Participants who have at least 5 years professional experience;
  • Individuals transitioning from being a great individual contributor to being a leader of other individual contributors;
  • Managers looking to develop increased personal awareness of their leadership behaviours, their leadership potential and their performance;
  • Professionals seeking to develop their organisational leadership skills to ensure enhanced organisational performance;
  • The programme welcomes participants from all functions and units within all kinds of companies, and will benefit a range of candidates - from high-potentials to experienced technical specialists who have come to leadership positions late in their careers.

Participants will cover a diverse age range. This is because the transition time from indicidual contributor to leader varies, depending on the organisation or industry.

About the course

The need for strong and effective leadership has never been more acute. The requirement to nurture talent, build teams and effect change are all vital to the delivery of results. Our approach to leadership development is based on a clear assessment of the individual’s leadership context, their leadership behaviour and their skills in coaching colleagues to enhance performance.

These needs are best addressed through personal reflection, assessing the results of assessment instruments and practice in displaying new behaviour.

Having established enhanced self-awareness, participants will then improve their skills in forming and leading teams and develop superior insight into the leader’s role in executing change and fulfilling the organisation’s potential.

This course is designed for participants who are preparing to take on a significant leadership role at a time of change in their organisation. Recognising that strong and effective leadership is now more important than ever, it underlines the importance of nurturing talent and enabling change

Programme Benefits

  • Enhanced understanding of leadership strengths and weaknesses;
  • Deep insight into how a leadership style can affect a participant’s workplace, their colleagues and ultimately their success as a leader;
  • Reflection on the roles of leaders and managers in organisations;
  • Gain a greater appreciation of a participant’s own capacity for leadership;
  • Formulate a self-designed leadership development plan;
  • Gain insight into how to exercise leadership more effectively and make high impact leadership interventions;
  • Practice in the provision and receipt of constructive feedback;
  • Develop a greater sense of how a participant can contribute to team leadership;
  • Improve the ability to create and garner support for the organisation vision;
  • Develop insight and practice in coaching as an intervention to enhance organisational performance.

Programme Structure

The programme employs a number of highly dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including individual feedback sessions, case studies, classroom discussions, lectures and practical exercises. Participants are divided into small groups designed to foster a high level of trust between participants and faculty, thereby creating a powerful and enriching learning environment.

The programme is delivered over three consecutive days on campus at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.



Participants will be helped to develop a more grounded and realistic perspective on the practice of leadership, its significance, and its limits. Focus will be brought to bear on how participants can enhance their leadership skill and expertise through every-day practice.


Participants will learn a set of practical, implementable leadership behaviours and activities that they can deploy to enhance their effectiveness, impact and performance. Specific attention will be focused on feedback as a key vehicle for personal and organisational learning.


Change is essential for organisations to grow and adapt to today's rapidly shifting marketplace, yet people and organisations are naturally resistant to change. This session looks at the concept of leadership coaching as a critical tool for organisational change. Specifically, participants will be introduced to the GROW model and to the importance of developing coaching conversational skills to enhance performance and motivation.


In advance of this three-day short course, participants will be required to read a number of articles and cases to enhance interaction and group learning in the course. Cases are descriptions of leadership situations that will be used to develop a participant's insight about alternatives to their leadership approach.


Colm Murphy

Colm Murphy has a wealth of experience in all aspects of coaching. He is a successful executive and team coach whose area of expertise is in taking a psychological approach with leaders and their teams to achieve meaningful behavioural changes that drive business results. Colm set up his own coac...

Helen Brophy

Helen is Director of Smurfit Executive Development at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She holds direct responsibility for the management and strategic development of Smurfit Executive Development and is a member of the Smurfit School’s Irish Advisory Board and the School’s Senior Ma...

Séamas Kelly

Séamas Kelly is Professor of Organisation, Technology & Society at the UCD School of Business. He has a PhD in Management/Organisation Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering & Microelectronics (1st Class) from University College Cork. H...

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