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Transitioning From Friend To Leader

Support yourself during a move into a leadership role by implementing effective strategies for success.

14,852 enrolled on this course

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Transitioning From Friend To Leader

14,852 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Support yourself to move into a leadership position, and develop your own style.

This course presents you with frameworks, theories and skills to support you in the transition from colleague and friend, to leader and manager. It is very common to move from an existing team into a management position, but making that leap is often under-supported. Through this course you will gain an understanding of the behaviours that are common in leaders, as well as the behaviours to curb during your transition into leadership. Topics such as emotional intelligence, authenticity and interpersonal communication will help you cultivate confidence.

Being a good leader does not preclude being friends with your reports, it does however require you to be mindful of your relationships and acting in a way that promotes success within your team.


  • Week 1

    Understanding and transitioning work relationships

    • Introduction

      While it may be a shock to those who experience it for the first time, the challenge of transitioning from the role of colleague and/or friend to supervisor is a common experience.

    • Leader and follower relationships

      As we have seen, roles influence relationships. We are now looking at an integrative leadership model, leader-member exchange, and how to achieve more positive working relationships through its application.

  • Week 2

    Transformational leadership

    • Transforming leadership in practice

      When leadership results in change in its individual members and social systems, it is considered to be transformational. Ideally, it is positive and involves the development of followers into leaders themselves.

    • Transformational versus transactional approaches

      There are clear differences between transactional and transforming leaders. Transformational leadership is about eliciting positive change including growth in followers. Transactional leadership is about an exchange of resources.

  • Week 3

    Authentic leadership

    • Characteristics of an authentic leader

      What are the attributes and skills of Authentic leaders? And how can aspiring or new leaders embed some of these elements to be more effective?

    • Trust

      Trust is increasingly in focus in leadership research, and plays a critical role in the relationship between leaders and followers.

    • Authentic leadership and collective interests

      Moving from friend to leader involves a shifting of agenda and interests. This section explores authentic leadership from the perspective of individual and collective interests and identity.

  • Week 4

    Managing the transition

    • Friendships in the workplace

      The transition from being a team member to team leader can generate a range of challenges, and in particular, can bring new complexities to former friendship relationships with co-workers.

    • The role of emotions

      Rather than seeing the discussion of emotion as unprofessional, increasingly emotional intelligence is viewed as a key leadership attribute. Understanding and managing your emotions will ease the transition.

    • Putting it all together

      Now you have considered a range of experiences, theories and strategies, it is time to put together a plan for yourself to support you reach your leadership goals.

    • Final quiz

      The following quiz contains a mix of 10 multiple choice and true false questions based on the four weeks of content.

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...

  • Accurately summarise and reflect on leadership theories and their value in a given context
  • Effectively communicate complex leadership ideas through appropriate models
  • Understand interpersonal relationship theories for workplaces
  • Demonstrate capacity to provide effective feedback

Who is the course for?

This course will be helpful for anyone new to leadership, looking to transition into a leadership role or struggling with interpersonal relationships at work either for yourself or for a member of your leadership team.

Who developed the course?

University of Southern Queensland

UniSQ provides career-focused, quality on-campus and online education and has done for over 50 years. UniSQ has scored five stars for employability and internationalisation (QS Stars rankings, 2019) and is Australia’s No. 1 university for the highest graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2018-20).

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    Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich in Queensland, Australia

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