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Leadership Decision Making

Improve your decision making skills within the context of leadership development using theoretical approaches and concepts.

1,572 enrolled on this course

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Leadership Decision Making

1,572 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Explore the issues of effective decision making from a leadership perspective

On this two-week course, you’ll frame decision making skills as an integral part of effective leadership. You’ll discover theoretical approaches to decision making, and develop your personal style as a leader and decision maker.

Identify the skills and qualities of an effective leader

You’ll delve into what makes an effective leader and distinguish the difference between leadership and management. You’ll also explore the evolution of leadership theories from the 1980s to the present day, contextualising your own leadership style within these existing frameworks.

With this knowledge, you’ll begin to identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader, helping you plan a professional development strategy that reflects these areas for improvement.

Examine leadership theories relating to decision making

Decision making is a complex process, underpinned by effective leadership and the development of people within the team or organisation.

You’ll learn how decisions are formulated, shaped by attitudes, perceptions, and values. You’ll also explore each step of the decision making process, allowing you to assess every problem using all of the available information.

Avoid cognitive biases in individual and group decision making

As with leadership styles, there are multiple styles of decision making and types of decision makers.

You’ll explore the four different styles and identify where you sit within this framework. You’ll also examine common cognitive biases, helping you improve the quality of your decisions by avoiding these pitfalls.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the factors that impact decisions as a leader. You’ll be able to approach problems logically, with the skills to make decisions free of biases where possible.

Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds When thinking of what makes someone a great leader, one characteristic that comes to mind is their ability to make adequate decisions. This two week course focuses on the complexity of decision making and how it’s underpinned by effective leadership. You’ll consider how individuals formulate decisions and identify the process of decision making in practice. And you’ll explore some of the factors which might diminish the effectiveness of decisions. This course is aimed at supervisors, managers, team leaders, or individuals at any level and requires no prior knowledge to starting.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds So if you want to develop your knowledge around how to identify areas for development as a decision maker and understand the context for setting your own learning for professional growth, then this course is for you.


  • Week 1


    • Welcome and Course Overview

      This section of the course gives you a short overview about the course and the first week of learning.

    • Leadership, management, skills and qualities

      This section will discuss the role of leadership in comparison to management. It will also highlight key skills and qualities that are needed to be considered a 'great' leader.

    • Approaches and Theories of Leadership

      This section looks at different approaches and theories related to leadership.

    • Summary

      This section gives a short summary of this week's learning.

  • Week 2

    Leadership and Decision Making

    • Week Overview

      This section gives an overview of the learning in Week 2.

    • Theoretical Approaches to Decision Making

      This section discusses theories relating to decision making and how it is underpinned by effective leadership and the development of people.

    • Individual Decision Making

      This section focusses on how decision making effects leaders as an individual.

    • Group Decision Making

      This section highlight key ideas relating to group decision making.

    • Summary

      This section has an overview quiz and the final takeaway from Week 2.

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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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore how individuals formulate decisions
  • Evaluate factors which might diminish the effectiveness of the decisions made

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for supervisors, managers, and team leaders, looking to improve their decision making from a leadership perspective.

It’s also suitable for those wanting to progress their career and move into a leadership role, by furthering their knowledge of leadership principles and practice.

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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