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Applied Leadership and Self-Development: Expanding the Toolkit

Learn how to harness your talents and empower others by taking a more strategic and strengths-based approach to leadership.

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Applied Leadership and Self-Development: Expanding the Toolkit

373 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Discover the power of authenticity and strategic thinking in leadership.

Being true to yourself and focusing on your team are two of the most important qualities in a successful leader. On this four-week course from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), you’ll learn the value of listening and authenticity in leadership.

Building on practical case studies, you’ll review different leadership definitions and styles, determining which suit you and your organisation.

Explore the potential of strengths-based leadership

In Week 2 of the course, you’ll analyse what it means to take a strengths-based approach to leadership.

You’ll learn how to recognise your strengths, build self-belief, and harness your skills to lead more effectively.

Understand the importance of diversity and inclusion

Once you’ve understood how to capitalise on your own strengths, you’ll discover the many and varied talents within your team and how best to use them.

You’ll consider the importance of diversity and inclusion in leadership, and investigate ways of eliminating unconscious bias.

Dig deeper into strategic leadership

Strategic leaders are able to look to the future, give constructive feedback, and create the certainty their team needs to thrive. In the final week of the course, you’ll gain practical tips to help you empower your colleagues and strategise for your organisation.

With the help of experts at the Association of Chartered Treasurers, you’ll build up a toolkit of skills to enhance your approach to leadership.


  • Week 1

    Being present and listening

    • Definitions and principles of leadership

      The first activity this week looks at principles of leadership, and definitions.

    • Changing leadership styles and authenticity

      Here we look at what is changing in terms of leadership, and pick up on the power of authenticity.

    • The listening leader

      This activity looks at the art of listening and being in the present, which are key attributes of an effective leader.

    • Role models in leadership

      This activity looks at role models of leadership as well as how to stay in the present whilst being strategic/thinking longer term.

  • Week 2

    The strengths-focused leader

    • The strengths-focused leader

      This activity explores the case for a focus on strengths for the leader.

    • Identifying and working on your own strengths

      Here we look at how to identify and leverage your strengths, and overcome some barriers.

    • Physical matters

      There are physical tips and tricks which can help the leader, as we know it matters how you come across to others 'physically'.

    • Models of leadership measurement

      This activity looks at different ways we can measure leadership.

  • Week 3

    Strength in diversity and inclusion

    • Strength in diversity

      This activity looks at strengths and how the benefits of diverse teams and relationships need to be understood by the leader. It questions how to balance knowing your strengths with humility.

    • Diverse teams - the benefits and opportunities

      Look further into the benefits of diverse team, as well as the opportunities.

    • Unconscious bias

      This activity explores unconscious bias and considers how leaders can manage this challenge.

    • Inclusion

      This activity looks at the importance of people feeling included, and what the leader needs to consider.

  • Week 4

    The empowering and strategic leader

    • Strategic leaders - some further tips

      In the first activity of Week 4 we look again at the question of strategic versus operational, and some of the additional things the leader needs to think about.

    • Building buy-in

      This activity looks at the importance of influencing others.

    • Empowerment and its challenges

      Activity 3 this week looks at the topic of empowerment, and what leaders need to know.

    • The learning leader who creates certainty

      This activity looks at the importance of continual learning for a leader, as well as how humans need their leaders to create certainty.

    • End of week summary

      This activity rounds off the week with a summary, the certification test, the end of course summary and what's next!

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify key leadership qualities and apply them to actions
  • Describe models of personal strengths
  • Create inclusive situations and diverse team thinking
  • Develop empowerment in teams and create certainty out of uncertainty
  • Assess and apply one's own strengths

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students or professionals at any level of seniority, who want to explore the theory and practice of leadership.

While the course focuses specifically on leadership within finance, the topics it covers will be relevant to professionals in any industry.

Who will you learn with?

Director of Awarding Body at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Responsible for developing treasury and cash management qualifications and our FutureLearn courses.

Who developed the course?

The Association of Corporate Treasurers

The Association of Corporate Treasurers, the only professional treasury body with a Royal Charter, sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence through internationally recognised qualifications.

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