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Introduction to Applied Leadership and Self-Development: The Fundamental Tools

Master the fundamentals of leadership and gain the skills you need to be a trusted, resilient and successful leader.

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Introduction to Applied Leadership and Self-Development: The Fundamental Tools

450 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover tools for successful leadership in any context including finance.

To take their careers to the next level, executives in any industry need to be able to motivate, inspire and lead a team.

On this four-week course from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), you’ll gain a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of leadership, applicable to anyone, although focusing on what it means to lead in the finance world.

Discover the benefits of a values-driven approach to leadership

Having a clear sense of your own values can help define your direction as a leader and shape your relationship with your team and your organisation.

In the first week of the course, you’ll identify your core values, and explore the advantages of allowing these values to guide your approach to leadership.

Get to grips with different learning styles and personality types

After clarifying your own values, you’ll begin developing the tools to understand others.

Comparing different learning styles and personality types, you’ll explore how having a deeper knowledge of your colleagues and stakeholders can help to earn their trust and boost their motivation.

Refine your people management and leadership skills

In the final week of the course, you’ll be armed with the skill set you need to devise and implement a leadership plan. From goal-setting and brand-building to relationship management and communication, you’ll cover a range of strategies for steering your team.

You will finish the course feeling more confident and resilient as a leader, with the tools and skills you need to take your (finance) career to the next level.


  • Week 1

    Authentic leadership and values

    • Authentic leadership

      This activity looks at leadership generally and what the importance of authenticity is.

    • Leaders in different situations

      Here we look at leaders in crises and other situations.

    • Core values

      This activity looks at the importance of core values to the leader.

    • A values-driven approach

      This activity looks at the connection between values and leadership, and checks in on what we have learnt from a personal perspective.

  • Week 2

    Understanding yourself and your resilience levels

    • Understanding ourselves

      This activity starts to look at how we can understand ourselves better, how subjective we are, and introduces the Ladder of Inference.

    • The Ladder of Inference

      Here we look at The Ladder of Inference and understand its implications for self-development.

    • The Ladder of Inference and leadership

      In this activity we look at letting things go, and some of our unhelpful habits, and focus in on what The Ladder means for leadership.

    • Personal resilience

      After concluding on how our brain interprets fact, we move on to look at what personal resilience is, and how you can build and maintain it.

    • Resilience in leadership

      This activity looks more closely at personal resilience and how important it is for leaders.

    • Positivity and negativity

      After making some commitments around your personal resilience, we move on to look at the benefits of positivity and negativity.

  • Week 3

    Understanding others and building trust as a leader

    • Understanding others

      This activity looks at why we need to understand others, and their different personalities and styles of learning.

    • Differences in people, and in their learning style preferences

      This activity looks at differences in people, including those who 'challenge' us, and introduces us to different styles of learning and our preferences for these.

    • Leadership, followership and trust

      Here we look briefly at followership as a concept, then explore how to build trust.

    • Dealing with fear

      This activity first looks at building buy-in, and then explores the phenomenon of fear.

    • 'Controlling' our mind'

      Here we look at how the mind works and how we can persuade it to think the way we need it to.

    • Visualisation and diversity

      This activity starts to look at two topics which will become recurring themes in the course: visualisation and diversity and inclusion

  • Week 4

    Building your leadership brand and strategy

    • Personal brand

      Here we start to look at the importance of personal brand for a leader

    • Authority of voice

      In this activity we focus on voice and communication of personal brand

    • RIVAS

      This activity explains a tool, RIVAS, which can help you reach your goals more easily, with a few simple but effective elements which assure you of success

    • RIVAS and leadership

      This activity talks through how the RIVAS tool can help leaders specifically, and goes on to look at your own personal communications strategy.

    • Strategic versus operational

      Here we look at the difference between being strategic and being operational, and also consider how to develop a leadership strategy

    • Summary of course

      Here we look back on this final week of the course, take the final assessment, summarise the course and talk about next steps.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify and describe your values.
  • Describe the implications of the Ladder of Influence for leaders.
  • Assess different personality and learning styles, and identify how to build trust in others.
  • Create your own leadership strategy, and identify and develop a leadership personal goal.
  • Explore and develop your own resilience as well as that of others.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students or professionals at any level of seniority, who want to master the principles of leadership and boost their people management skills.

While the course focuses specifically on leadership within finance, the topics it covers will be fully relevant to professionals in any industry.

Who will you learn with?

Director of Awarding Body at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Responsible for developing treasury and cash management qualifications and our FutureLearn courses.

Who developed the course?

The Association of Corporate Treasurers

The Association of Corporate Treasurers, the only professional treasury body with a Royal Charter, sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence through internationally recognised qualifications.

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