Advanced Diploma in
At Shaw Academy, we believe that leaders are constantly learning. This advanced course provides you with the practical skills to successfully lead yourself and others during times of change. Successful leaders are constantly communicating, empowering and motivating others to succeed. You will learn how to stay positive and develop others through coaching and mentoring. You will learn how to delegate and successfully lead change by being strategically aware of the changing conditions at work today. We build upon the basic skills that you have learnt on the foundation course in a highly interactive way and you will have the opportunity each week to convert theory into practice.
319,395 Successful Graduates
24 Interactive Lessons
12 Weeks Long
24 hours +
The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to practice and apply the skills you have learned.
Leadership Awareness Semester
Week 1: Why Leadership Matters
Theory Tuesday, 29 Aug 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 31 Aug 17:00 PM GMT
Effective leaders start out by being themselves. They have integrity. They are honest and generally walk the talk. They are humble and they try to engage with employees to work out what they need to succeed. In week 1, we focus on the core leadership traits and styles that enable them to work with those who are entrusted with realising the vision, strategy, and plan that the leader has crafted.
Week 2: Principles of Leadership
Theory Tuesday, 05 Sep 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 07 Sep 17:00 PM GMT
In the foundation course, we’ve seen the common reasons why employees quit their jobs. It’s down to poor management practices. Here we focus on the key principles of leadership: being respectful, instilling trust, taking responsibility and having the courage to act when others carry out behaviours that run counter to the vision, values, and purpose that all great leaders seek to embed in their organizations.
Week 3: Leading with Vision, Values, and Purpose.
Theory Tuesday, 12 Sep 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 14 Sep 17:00 PM GMT
During week 3, you will learn how to build a vision and create a shared set of values that gives you purpose to better lead yourself and others. Leadership is all about providing direction and to do this successfully, you need to strategically align vision, values and purpose across the organisation. Great leaders communicate why their work has meaning and purpose. They can show others to find meaning in their work and by being successful are transformed by the accomplishments they achieve. In this way, leaders truly inspire others to action.
Week 4: Leaders Communicate to Inspire
Theory Tuesday, 19 Sep 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 21 Sep 17:00 PM GMT
Here you will learn how leaders are able to communicate with ease when presented with a seemingly complex issue. This is because leaders have honed a heightened sense of situational and contextual awareness in which they operate. It is their ability to develop a keen external awareness that helps then define the key message the audience wishes to hear. In week 4, you will appreciate how leaders are able to articulate their vision in a manner which speaks to the emotions and inspires action and support for their vision.
Organizational Leadership Semester
Week 1: Leadership and Organizational Culture
Theory Tuesday, 26 Sep 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 28 Sep 17:00 PM GMT
Leadership in times of change is often challenged by the prevailing culture that resists change. So, what do great leaders do? They find ways to exercise their influence to build a vision and have others willing to work towards that vision. We will focus on how leaders can own, shape and change organisational culture. They focus on the collective behaviours of the organization and mould them to work together toward a common goal or purpose.
Week 2: Leadership and Engagement
Theory Tuesday, 03 Oct 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 05 Oct 17:00 PM GMT
Great leaders can convey vision with passion, to bring with them reluctant employees who once were suspicious of change. How do leaders get employees to commit to the organization, and put more discretionary effort into their work? The secret lies in their ability to engage positively with teams across the organization. We analyse how leaders support the efforts of those around them, provide the right conditions so that employees can give their best each day and in the end, contribute to the long-term well-being of the organisation.
Week 3: Why Leaders Coach, Mentor, and Develop Others
Theory Tuesday, 10 Oct 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 12 Oct 17:00 PM GMT
The best leaders don’t rush to the solution but use their time to ask questions to foster a team’s process of self-discovery. By using effective coaching and mentoring techniques the successful leader creates more effective and self-sustaining teams by building autonomy, adding responsibility and providing essential feedback so that others learn to navigate and succeed in an ever-changing corporate environment.
Week 4: Leaders Empower Innovation and Creativity
Theory Tuesday, 17 Oct 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 19 Oct 17:00 PM GMT
In week 4, you will learn how leaders promote knowledge sharing and collaboration to breakdown siloed thinking. By becoming engaged, employees can be innovative and creative in their work. Ultimately, leaders appreciate that to successfully lead others, they must first build a sustainable culture, one that accepts that failure may happen, but ultimately provide the conditions and support for those to succeed.
Strategic Leadership Semester
Week 1: Leaders Develop Strategic Awareness
Theory Tuesday, 24 Oct 17:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 26 Oct 17:00 PM GMT
We begin this semester by examining how successful leaders can shape the future and utilize the strength and skills of those around them to build long-term success and security. They do this by first learning about their own strengths and weakness and building their own sense of leadership. In addition, they learn to anticipate change, challenge the status quo, be decisive and ensure that they have alignment between their vision, the organizational strategy, and, those whom they lead.
Week 2: Adaptive Leadership
Theory Tuesday, 31 Oct 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 02 Nov 18:00 PM GMT
In times of profound change, we tend to turn to the tried and tested, looking for the predictable outcomes which have served us well in the past. There is a view, that what sets great leaders apart from their peers is their ability to adapt to the changing circumstances in which they find themselves. We delve into the Ron Heifetz’s theory of Adaptive Leadership and see how leaders need to navigate the business environment, lead with empathy, create win-win situations, and learn to self-correct.
Week 3: Leaders Constantly Scan their Environment
Theory Tuesday, 07 Nov 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 09 Nov 18:00 PM GMT
Here we focus on how leaders scan their environment for signs of emerging change, or subtle shifts in how external factors might impact their business. Successful leaders build in an “early warning system” that lets them see changes to their key business drivers, their regulatory environment, the key technologies they depend upon and any other external challenge that may require them to develop a new strategic course of action.
Week 4: Leading Through Change
Theory Tuesday, 14 Nov 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 16 Nov 18:00 PM GMT
Leaders who bring about successful change are rare. According to a 2015 study by McKinsey & Co 75% of change initiatives fail. We look at the key skills that successful leaders utilize during times of change. These are: ensuring buy-in from the front line, being sincere in listening and helping others feel respected and heard. Leaders ultimately provide the vision of the future and the key reasons why change is happening. When employees buy-in and take ownership of the change they are far more likely to succeed.
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