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Create Energised and Empowered Teams

Learn how to energise and empower your employees to boost your organisation’s performance.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • Accreditation

    AvailableMore info
The CPD Certification Service

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. Find out more.

Develop your managerial skills and promote a positive team culture

Research has shown that promoting a positive team culture can help to boost employee motivation and drive your organisation’s success. Teams that feel energised and empowered are more resilient and better able to cope with challenges.

On this four-week course from the University of Adelaide, you’ll learn why motivation is so crucial for successful management, and gain the skills you need to successfully empower and energise your employees.

Explore the benefits of a strong team culture

Creating a strong team culture is beneficial for both your employees and your organisation. It can help arm your team with the confidence and motivation to deal with obstacles quickly, minimising disruption to the business.

You’ll discover the crucial role that managers and team leaders play in setting the tone for their team’s culture.

Investigate motivation strategies for energising and empowering your team

Once you’ve seen what it means to energise and empower employees, and understood the benefits of a positive team culture, you can begin mastering motivation strategies.

Your course leader will guide you through the principles of motivation theory, showing how it applies to employee motivation.

Identify and celebrate your employees’ talents to boost team performance

To effectively empower your employees, you’ll need a clear sense of what their strengths and talents are. In the second half of the course, you’ll apply techniques for identifying strengths and potential weaknesses. You’ll see how matching talents to tasks can help to optimise your team’s performance.

By the end of the four weeks, you’ll understand the benefits of employee motivation for individuals and organisations, and have the tools you need to harness your own team’s potential.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Among the routine tasks and cycles of work and disruptive changes that we have little control over. It’s easy for a team to become stagnant and underperform. We might see colleagues withdraw, become demotivated or feel a lack of autonomy. This can spread across the team, leading to dips in team and organisational performance. When this happens, we we need to get our teams back on track to empower our team members and reenergize the group. To build an energised and empowered team, you need to have the skills and tools to understand your team’s motivations, bring out the best in your team and identify talent to help cultivate and grow your collective capabilities.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds This course provides you with these skills and tools alongside the theory and knowledge to make it stick. Enrol today to energise and empower your team and reap the organisational benefits that this brings.


  • Week 1

    Benefits of energised and empowered teams

    • Getting started

      This section includes all the information you will need to get started in this course.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      Let's take a look ahead to what we'll be covering this week.

    • What does it mean to be energised and empowered?

      We will discover what it means to have an energised and empowered team.

    • Organisational and team advantages of having energised and empowered employees

      We will discover the advantages of having a team like this to both the organisation and their direct team.

    • What does an energised team look like?

      What do we see in energised teams and what are some examples of those?

    • What does an empowered team look like?

      What do we see in empowered teams and what are some examples of those?

    • Assessment

      Do you know the benefits of energised and empowered teams? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Creating energised and empowered teams

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This week, you’ll learn about motivation theory, how this applies to both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how we can use this to energise and empower our teams. 

    • Motivation theory

      Let’s explore motivation theory, both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

    • Using motivation and strengths to energise and empower

      Let’s discover how we can use motivation theory to energise and empower our team.

    • Assessment

      Do you know how we can apply motivation theory now? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 3

    Identifying talents and strengths

    • Introduction to Week 3

      This week, you’ll learn how to identify talent and strengths in your team, as well as practical ways to apply them and bring out the best in your team. 

    • Strengths-based development

      Let’s discover what a strengths-based approach is and how it can be used.

    • Team-based tools and techniques

      In this activity, we’ll discover a talent identification tool, and you’ll learn how to apply this in your own team context.

    • Assessment

      Do you know how we can use strengths to bring out the best in our teams? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 4

    Matching talents and strengths to team tasks and projects

    • Introduction to Week 4

      This week, you’ll learn how to leverage team members’ talents and strengths to match them to various projects across the organisation.

    • Matching talents and strengths to team tasks and projects

      Let’s explore and practise matching our team’s strengths to different projects.

    • Getting the best out of your team

      Let's discover how we can bring out the best in our people.

    • Leveraging organisational opportunities

      Let's put everything we learned into practice and see how we can leverage these talents for our organisation’s benefit.

    • Assessment

      Do you know ways to leverage our team’s talents and strengths to different projects? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

    • What’s next?

      Let's reflect on the learning explored in the course and consider where to apply and further build on your new skills and knowledge.

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.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

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...

  • Describe the benefits of empowered and energised teams to organisations and individuals.
  • Explain the role of motivation theory in creating energised and empowered teams.
  • Explain strengths-based development techniques/tools.
  • Identify ways to position employees in the organisation to capitalise on their talents and strengths.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for new and emerging managers or team leaders working in any industry. It may also interest more experienced managers looking to upskill or update their approach to management.

Please note, Chris is not able to join the discussions or respond to individual comments, however, the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion - supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

Who will you learn with?

I am passionate about creating engaging experiences for learners. I currently teach in a Master of Business Administration program. In 2019 I did a TEDx talk and founded a mental health non-profit.

Who developed the course?

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution. They are committed to developing quality students and lifelong learners who are recognised for their skills, creativity, global outlook and ability to succeed.

  • World ranking

    Top 110Source: QS World University Rankings 2023

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