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Cultural Leadership: Harnessing Culture to Become an Effective Leader

Understand how creating and maintaining a healthy organisational culture could help to boost your organisation’s success.

412 enrolled on this course

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Cultural Leadership: Harnessing Culture to Become an Effective Leader

412 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Develop your cultural leadership skills with the University of Lincoln

Creating and maintaining a healthy organisational culture is a critical part of leadership. Leaders who understand the influence of national, organisational, and team culture will be better able to engage and motivate individuals in their organisation.

On this two-week course from the University of Lincoln, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to leverage culture.

Recognise the importance of organisational culture in motivating and engaging teams

As a manager, you set the tone for your organisation. A healthy organisational culture helps to motivate teams and boost their investment in organisation-wide goals.

In the first week of the course, you’ll learn what organisational culture is and how you can shape it.

Explore the relationship between national culture and global leadership

Once you’ve understood the role of culture at an organisational level, you’ll consider the broader, global picture. You’ll investigate theories of national culture, and discuss their relevance for global leadership.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding of how culture operates at different scales and the skills to leverage it for the success of your organisation.


  • Week 1

    Organisational Culture

    • Welcome & Course Overview

      In this first activity you'll get to know a bit more about the course and have an opportunity to introduce yourself.

    • Organisational Culture and it's components

      This activity will give you an overview of what we mean by organisational culture and the elements that are involved.

    • Types of Culture and Leadership Style

      This activity will look at the different types of culture that exist as well as focussing on leadership style and how organisational culture can impact or change leadership.

    • Summary

      This activity provides a summary of the learning undertaken in week one.

  • Week 2

    National Culture

    • Week 2 overview

      This activity will introduce you to week 2 and what the intended learning outcomes.

    • National Culture and Key Theories

      This activity will discuss what national culture is and key theories regarding this approach.

    • Global, Cultural and National Leadership

      This activity will look at key behaviours, as well as competencies and skills for leadership in different contexts.

    • Summary

      This activity will give you a summary of the learning this week.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain the importance of culture as a source of competitive advantage
  • Describe the concept of culture, both national and organisational.
  • Explore factors that influence organisational culture
  • Assess the relationship between leadership and culture.
  • Develop cultural leadership skills

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for managers, team leaders, and team members at any level, who want to understand the role that culture plays within organisations and leadership.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is rated in the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2022.

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    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

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