Explore new perspectives of leadership as you learn to unite teams in pursuing organisational goals.
In a contemporary business landscape marked by technological disruption and rapid change, industry leaders play an increasingly important role in shaping an environment that ensures continued growth.
This online short course provides you with the skills to lead with impact and influence, as you take the opportunity to investigate different leadership styles and frameworks. Explore new perspectives and strategies as you discover the value of high impact leadership in the individual, team, and organisational contexts. Develop key leadership competencies, equip yourself to unite teams over a common purpose, and find your own purpose as a leader.
The course is guided by industry experts and faculty from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), who have many years of experience in supporting business leaders from around the world to bring about change in their organisations.
Is this course for you?
This course is designed to develop and improve the leadership skills of anyone, in any setting. Those who aspire to leadership will benefit from building greater self-confidence in their ability to lead. They’ll analyse their own leadership style, and will explore ways in which they can gain visibility as effective leaders, in preparation for the next step in their career. Established leaders will have the opportunity to refine their leadership style, and learn to boost team performance through team alignment, influence and unity.
This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.
Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
An understanding of the values, thinking, and practices needed for high impact leadership.
The ability to effectively communicate, influence and engage with stakeholders to drive change.
Your own ambitious leadership action plan to grow your capabilities and apply high impact leadership in any context.
Access to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) alumni network, consisting of nearly 9,000 senior leaders and leading practitioners who represent a business, the public sector, and civil society in every industry, on every continent.
Discover new strategies for leadership as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course.
Orientation moduleWelcome to your Online Campus
Module 1High impact leadership and its importance
Module 2Exploring the context for leadership and related challenges
Module 3What does high impact leadership look like?
Module 4The future we want, the leadership we need
Module 5High impact leadership capabilities
Module 6Communicating for influence
Module 7Developing the mindset and skills for innovation
Module 8Rewiring your leadership to achieve your goal
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Why choose GetSmarter?
GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, is an online learning expert with over 10 years' experience in developing high-quality online short courses from the world’s leading universities. We deliver market-led courses that equip working professionals with the expertise required for the workplace of the future. Through a data-driven approach, we analyze future skills requirements and ensure all courses address this need.
Students are supported at every stage of the learning journey, enabling them to thrive professionally through increased relevance, competence, and confidence. Find out more about GetSmarter’s approach to digital learning, course design, and online delivery here.
You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more about payment options please visit our Payment and Financing FAQ, or contact an Enrollment Advisor, to find out which option you qualify for.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 per cent have received financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to request financial assistance from your employer.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for a business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums. If you are looking for your Online Campus login, please see the list of university partner login pages here.
What past students think
Cambridge Business Sustainability Management online short course testimonials
Antonio PotenzaiManaging Partner, YellowDoor Impact
"It was very high quality for the money and I have 100 per cent enjoyed myself. I am very satisfied, and convinced the course will positively impact my career going forward. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in high impact leadership, sustainability and social impact takes this course. It is very challenging, compelling, yet delivers on its promises. It is delivered by very competent people and from one of the most reputable higher education institutions in the world."
About the certificate
Learn effective leadership and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.