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Effective leadership in modern-day organisations – ILM 5

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Course Overview

Effective leadership in modern-day organisations





Principle-based leadership® teaches inside-out leadership. It entails personal and leadership development and generally enlightens and empowers people for the workplace. Often much more so than volume-based training curriculums or extensive business school teaching.

The Effective leadership in modern-day organisations ILM certificate course focuses on modern-day challenges in the world of work. The accelerated speed of change necessitates learning and development in all the areas of leading self, others and change. The learning journey will leverage participants’ potential to be effective in a new world of work.  From a leading self-perspective, the course includes self-awareness and adaptability as two key aspects of navigating the often stormy waters of a changing and demanding work.

Building relationships, decision making, leadership style and empowering others are the main focus areas from a leading others perspective in the new world of work. Within the ecosystems that we find ourselves today, our effectiveness is tied in with aspects such as trend and systems awareness, organisational awareness, strategic thinking, cultural awareness, technology awareness and creativity and innovation.

The learning journey will answer the questions about how we can adapt and develop to effectively meet the demands of modern-day organisations. It takes a holistic and integrated approach to leadership in
modern-day organisations.







    • Description of self-awareness: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • The power of self-awareness
    • Growing self-awareness, emotional awareness and self-control


    • Description of adaptability: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Adaptability illustrated
    • Adaptability versus conformity
    • Types of change
    • Our responses to change
    • Deep change and theory U
    • Becoming more adaptable

Building relationships

    • Description of building relationships: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Personal interest and relationship building
    • The value of conflict
    • Dealing effectively with conflict


    • Description of decision-making: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Understanding decision-making in general
    • Decisiveness
    • Thinking styles and decision-making
    • Decision-making and problem-solving in leadership

Leadership style

    • Description of leadership styles: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • The need for style awareness and flexibility
    • Stability in character but openness to different approaches
    • Responsive and responsible leadership


    • Description of empowering leadership: What is it and how can it be observed?
    • The illusion of control and personal contribution
    • Appreciating the value and impact of empowerment
    • Encourage, involve, enable

Trend and systems awareness


    • Description of trend and system awareness: : What is it and how can it be observed
    • Systems thinking approach illustrated
    • Systems thinking and complexity
    • Recognising trends

Organisational awareness

    • Description of organisational awareness – What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Elements of the work organisation
    • Building organisational awareness
    • Organisational awareness lifecycle
    • Alignment, climate and morale

Strategic thinking

    • Description of strategic thinking – What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Strategic thinking illustrated
    • Strategic thinking for everyone
    • The strategic thinking process
    • Strategic thinking skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Strategic thinking frameworks and tools

Cultural awareness

    • Description of cultural awareness – What is it and how can it be observed?
    • The importance of cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence
    • Diversity as a competitive advantage
    • Intercultural communication

Technology awareness

    • Description of technology awareness – What is it and how can it be observed?
    • The role of technology in our lives – for better or worse
    • Responsible use of technology
    • The need for awareness – key trends

Creativity and innovation

    • Description of creativity and innovation – What is it and how can it be observed?
    • Blockages to creativity
    • Creativity at work
    • Characteristics of innovative thinkers
    • Develop creative and innovative thinking




The full ILM level 5 certificate duration is 12 months. The learning journey can be completed at the participant’s own pace. On average, the sections or modules should take 2 weeks per section/module. It allows time for experiential learning, reflection and feedback. Once completed, the ILM assignments must be done within 12 months of registration. Participants will receive tutor support for the ILM assignment work from the ILM service centre BCF. 

You can complete it at your own pace – the only time limit is that the final assignment has to be submitted to ILM within 12 months from registration.

Coaching sessions can be added to the learning journey for in-depth personalised development


Course elements

  • Learning material (text and video)
  • Examples/case studies
  • Relevant resources
  • Quizzes
  • Experiential learning tasks
  • Feedback question
  • Self-assessment
  • Coaching sessions can be added for in-depth personalised development

Target Audience



Typically –

  • Middle and senior managers who want to develop their leadership skills in addition to existing managerial skills
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners seeking to bolster their leadership abilities and effectiveness




By the end of the programme the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the key areas for inside-out principle-based change and personal development
  • Understand the best ways to make necessary changes
  • Identify the key areas for inside-out principle-based change in leading and developing others as part of being effective as a leader
  • Know how to be versatile, adaptable and responsive
  • Understand the impact change has on the world of work and specifically the work organisation
  • Form strong opinions about necessary changes at work from a big picture perspective
  • Lead as a change leader
  • Appreciate the impact change has on others
  • Be more mindful and aware of key dynamics that influence everyone in the new world of work
  • Know how to respond consciously and pro-actively with increased awareness to work challenges


Learning format


Online self-study and group interaction (if applicable)

For specified group formations contact the course coach



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