13 modules

Spanning all aspects of leadership and management

15 months

Typical timeframe to complete the course

Suitable for

Senior managers, or Directors of SMEs

Equivalent to

Under-graduate degree third year, BTEC Advanced Professional Diploma
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This qualification – ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management – provides a broad base of knowledge and skills for new and existing managers, team leaders and supervisors.


This is a highly interactive qualification, delivered using blended learning methodologies, which can include; virtual classroom, face to face workshops, self-directed distance learning, case studies, role-plays, video presentations, and group discussions. Practical workplace examples are used throughout the delivery to provide a fuller understanding for the application of the learner’s new knowledge and skills.

Blended learning

Delivered via classroom, both physical and virtual

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Accredited course

Globally recognised qualifications and travel

Learning support

Access to tutors and other experts through your learning

Quality of learning

Full-time tutors who have attended world-class universities
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Course delivery

Each Unit of learning is completed by the learner over four to six consecutive weeks. Learners have 24-7-365 access to learning resources (books, handouts, case studies, models, etc.) for the duration of their study, from our state-of-the-art LMS (Moodle), providing for flexible and convenient learning. Learners are required to complete several learning activities along with ILM Assignments. Learners have one-to-one tutor support to complete the assignments.

Course activities

  • Classroom tuition (face-to-face or virtual)
  • Learner materials, textbooks, handouts, tools, aids, etc
  • One-to-one Tutor support to complete the Assignment
  • Grading of Assignment and certification from ILM

Course content


Unit Content

  • Visiting Leadership Styles and Models
  • Exploring Effective Leadership
  • Factors Influencing Appropriate Leadership Styles
  • Leadership & Character
  • Developing Yourself as a Leader


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of performance and engagement with followers in an organisation
  • Review own leadership styles by using a diagnostic
  • Assess the effectiveness of own leadership styles
  • Using the self-assessment of own leadership styles activity described in assessment criteria 2.1 and 2.2, evaluate the implications for self and own organisation
  • Evaluate the impact of changes in the situation on the effectiveness of the adopted style
  • Evaluate the factors which impact on leadership effectiveness
  • Assess own leadership behaviour in terms of these factors
  • Produce an action plan for developing own leadership style and effectiveness
  • Explain the benefits of implementing the action plan
    Explain how you will monitor and evaluate the action plan


Unit Content

  • Communication Process in the Workplace
  • Methods of Communication
  • Effectiveness of Communication


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of effective communication in the workplace
  • Describe the stages in the communication cycle
  • Identify possible barriers to communication in the workplace
  • Explain how to overcome a potential barrier to communication
  • Describe the main methods of written and oral communication in the workplace and their uses
  • Identify the main advantages and disadvantages of written methods of communication
  • Identify the main advantages and disadvantages of oral communication
  • Explain how non-verbal communication can influence the effectiveness of oral communication
  • Explain the value of feedback in ensuring effective communication
  • Assess own performance in a frequently used method of communication
  • Outline actions to improve own performance in communication


Unit Content

  • Communicating the Organisations Vision and Strategy to the Team
  • Motivating and Developing the Team


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the team having a common sense of purpose that supports the overall vision and strategy of the organisation
  • Explain the role that communication plays in establishing a common sense of purpose
  • Assess the effectiveness of own communication skills on the basis of the above
  • Describe the main motivational factors in a work context and how these may apply to different situations, teams and individuals
  • Explain the importance of a leader being able to motivate teams and individuals and gain their commitment to objectives
  • Explain the role that the leader plays in supporting and developing the team and its members and give practical examples of when this will be necessary


Unit Content

  • Defining Delegation, Authority, Power, Responsibility and Accountability
  • Concepts of Delegation and Empowerment
  • Process of Delegation
  • Making Effective and Efficient use of People’s Knowledge and Skills
  • Planning the Team’s Work to Achieve Objectives
  • Techniques to Monitor the Outcomes of Delegation


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of making effective and efficient use of people’s knowledge and skills while planning a team’s work to achieve objectives
  • Explain how to identify the appropriate person for an activity in the workplace
    Explain how human resource planning can be used to assure output and quality in the workplace
  • Explain how to delegate tasks effectively
  • Describe the benefits of empowerment in the workplace
  • Identity barriers to delegation and how these can be overcome
  • Explain a technique that could be used to monitor the outcomes of delegation in the workplace


Unit Content

  • Methods of Time Management
  • Setting, Prioritising and Monitoring SMART Objectives for the Team
  • Assess Achievement of Workplace Objectives


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Explain the need for effective time management
  • List time management techniques and practices
  • Describe a time management technique that can be used to achieve a personal/team objective
  • Explain the importance of workplace team objectives
  • Set SMART objectives to achieve team objective
  • Outline ways of monitoring progress against objectives
  • Review achievement of SMART objectives against success criteria
  • Gather feedback on team performance
  • Identify areas for team development and improvement for achieving workplace objectives


Unit Content

  • Workplace Conflict
  • Resolving Workplace Conflict


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify causes of conflict at work
  • Describe the stages in the development of conflict
  • Explain the effects of conflict on individual and team performance at work
  • Explain any recognised technique a manager could use to minimise and resolve conflict in the workplace
  • Describe how a manager could promote a positive atmosphere in order to minimise the adverse effects of conflict


Unit Content

  • What is a Problem?
  • Gathering and Interpreting Information to Solve a Problem
  • Evaluating Options to Make a Decision
  • Planning, Monitoring and Reviewing Decisions


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe a problem, its nature, scope and impact
  • Gather and interpret information to identify possible solutions to a problem
  • Prepare a summary of the options providing facts and evidence
  • Apply a simple decision making technique to evaluate options to arrive at the best solution
  • Plan the implementation and communication of the decision
  • Describe which monitoring and review techniques could be used to evaluate outcomes


Unit Content

  • Understanding “Project Management”
  • Project Management Processes & Tools


Unit Objectives

By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify a simple workplace project
  • Use a simple tool for determining the financial viability of the project
  • Product a project plan using an appropriate project planning technique
  • Set objectives and targets/milestones to monitor performance and review plans within the project
  • Use a project evaluation technique to evaluate the project
  • List areas where net savings can be achieved as a result of the workplace project
  • Identify wider non-financial implications that can result from the workplace project

About ILM

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ILM is a leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications and training. ILM have been part of the City & Guilds Group since November 2001. ILM operate across ten global regions; Europe, UK, Africa, ASEAN (South East Asia), Caribbean and the Americas, East Asia, India, the Middle East, the Pacific and South Asia.

The ILM suite of qualifications are designed to develop managers and leaders, enabling them to improve staff productivity and drive business performance.

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There are 5 levels of ILM qualifications. These start from Level 2 (ideal for team leaders) up to Level 7 (more suited to senior management professionals such as Senior Managers and CEOs). ILM qualifications are available in 3 formats:

                  • Awards: the shortest and most concise qualifications
                  • Certificates: providing a broader base of knowledge and skills
                  • Diplomas: more comprehensive qualifications
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Why ILM is Different

The ILM leadership, management and coaching qualifications stand out from competition for several reasons:

                  • Wide choice
                  • Highly flexible
                  • Focus on work-based learning
                  • Quality assured

How to get certified

  • Complete the Diploma in Leadership and Management Units

    Individual Units range from 7 to 14 hours of face-to-face or virtual classroom (virtual classroom sessions are recorded for learners to access at a later date or in different time zones or where unable to attend)

  • Complete Self-Directed Learning and Unit Assignments

    One-to-one tutor support is provided

  • Submit your Assignment(s)

    Learners have six weeks to successfully complete each Assignment

  • Achieve Your Qualification

    Learners will receive their ILM Qualification approximately 3 to 4 months after having submitted their final Assignment

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