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How to Become a Business Executive

Gain relevant, industry-applied business and leadership knowledge from world renowned global leaders.

563 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour

Discover the tools and techniques of effective executive leadership

On this two-week course from Ducere Global Business School, you’ll explore the traits of successful leaders, learning how to embed these skills into your own leadership behaviour.

Learn strategic leadership skills from the Ducere Global Leaders Faculty

Created in collaboration with a diverse range of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and organisational founders, you’ll examine techniques to develop a leadership style that delivers a competitive edge in business.

Learning from the Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, the founder of Atari, a Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and many more, you’ll experience a broad range of expertise and insights into becoming a successful leader.

You’ll define effective leadership, reflecting on the skills you already possess, and identifying any personal development gaps.

Build a culture of innovation built on team empowerment

As a leader, it can be challenging to support your team to deliver success.

You’ll learn how to design an innovative culture, with an inclusive environment that generates ideas and drives results.

With the skills gained on this course, you’ll lead by example, making innovation part of your organisational vision.

Enhance your communication skills and boost your leadership development

Having explored the concept of leadership, you’ll then move on to honing the most important trait of a successful leader: communication.

You’ll learn how to communicate your business vision and strategic goals whilst listening to those around you, ensuring your team feels supported and empowered for success.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to identify the traits of successful leaders and demonstrate these skills in your personal leadership style, driving transformational change in your organisation.


  • Week 1

    Leadership that Propels with Harvard’s Professor Robert Kaplan and Atari Corporation Founder, Nolan Bushnell

    • Leadership Defined with the Founder of Atari

      "The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been." ~ Henry Kissinger. Discover the definition of leadership from the most successful leaders in business.

    • Empowering Your Team for Innovative Success with Entertainer, David Copperfield

      David Copperfield and Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Robin Batterham, discuss creativity and innovation to change the world.

  • Week 2

    Communication and Vision with Former C.I.A. Director, General David Petraeus

    • Watch: General David Petraeus Discusses Empowering your Teams Through the Communication of Vision.

      During the war in Iraq, General Petraeus' vision was integral to mission success. How do you share your vision?

    • Communication: The Most Important Skill

      Why is communication so vital to success and how can we become a better leader through communication?

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...

  • Assess differences in leadership styles.
  • Compare vision and goals in leadership.
  • Describe the concept of innovation and how to create a culture of innovators.
  • Evaluate the essential skills of effective communication and active listening.
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of leadership.
  • Assess the role of culture within a workplace.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for individuals who want to further their careers and excel as leaders in the competitive business market.

Who developed the course?

Ducere Global Business School

Ducere Global Business School is a recognised leader in university – enterprise collaborations, to design and deliver degrees that have real career impact.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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