Programme outline


The diploma combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to strategic leadership.

Led by Academic Director Sue Dopson, the diploma is based on four intensive modules in the areas of leadership fundamentals, the strategic mindset, the strategic leader and building resilience as a leader.


Leadership fundamentals

1 - 4 February 2023

  • Managing change
  • Motivation and incentives
  • Groups and teams
  • Culture
  • Managing with power
  • Personality and leadership coaching

The strategic mindset

29 March - 1 April 2023

  • Goals and strategies
  • Competitive advantage
  • Industry analysis
  • Strategy and change
  • Diversification
  • Global strategy
  • Managing the multibusiness enterprise

The strategic leader

21 - 24 June 2023

  • Leading through networks and relationships
  • Leadership as a psychological construct
  • Charisma and influence
  • Leadership, legitimacy and reputation
  • Individual and organisational decision making

Building resilience as a leader

11 - 14 October 2023

  • Creating high-quality connections
  • Managing toxic relationships at work
  • Building individual resilience
  • Capacities and capabilities for organisational resilience
  • Developing a generative approach to leadership


Diploma in Organisational Leadership graduation

Modules one, two and three are assessed by either in-person exams, online exams, or assignments, or a combination of these. Module four is assessed by an extended assignment related to your organisation or industry.


Study commitment

Participant taking notes

Participants are expected to complete the allocated pre-reading prior to each module.

Previous participants have estimated that the study commitment of the programme is approximately 5–8 hours per week for the duration of the diploma.