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Leadership Development with Action Learning

Further your leadership and management skills using critical action learning, a new approach to professional development.

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Leadership Development with Action Learning

470 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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

Explore the role of critical action learning in professional growth

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to develop key leadership competencies using elements of critical action learning (CAL). You’ll discover how this contemporary approach contributes to the development of leadership skills and how to embed CAL practices into your current processes.

Assess the importance of leadership development in today’s business environment

Building on the work of leading academics in the field of leadership development, you’ll explore whether leaders are born or made and identify the seven essential attributes of 21st Century leadership.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to focus your development in the right areas, using CAL to effectively enhance your skills.

Enhance your professional development by combining action learning and critical thinking

Making the distinction between traditional action learning and CAL methods, you’ll learn how to analyse organisational problems to drive decision making and find solutions.

You’ll discover how to combine partnership and engagement, recognition of practical knowledge, and deliberation, reflection, and transformation to apply CAL in your own context.

Develop your leadership skills using critical action learning techniques

Having explored the theory that underpins CAL, you’ll then learn how to apply this framework in practice by forming Action Learning Sets (ALS).

You’ll learn how to ask open-ended questions to help foster creativity in your team, and the processes needed to deliver a successful ALS.

You’ll finish this course understanding how CAL promotes teamwork, better communication, and conflict management, while managing the self and others. You’ll be able to embed CAL practices into your processes and develop a leadership style that is creative, collaborative, and responsive.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds A common challenge faced by most organisations is how to develop leaders as leadership as an abstract and subtle art, often intertwined with the personality of the leader. Successful leaders are often described as systematic thinkers, effective decision makers and those who inspire followers to perform at their peak. I’m Craig Marsh and I’m the head of the Lincoln International Business School at the University of Lincoln. I’m Elaine Clark and I’m the director of education for Lincoln International Business School at the University of Lincoln. This two week course focuses on leadership. Developments through critical action learning the course would enable you to identify areas for development as a leader and provide the context and approaches for setting your own learning for professional growth.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds The course is designed for supervisors, managers and individuals at any level within the organization looking to learn how to explore and develop their skills and capabilities, and leadership. This course requires no prior knowledge to starting, so if you want to explore development at a leadership level through critical action learning methods and how this can be applied to you and your organization, then this course is for you.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Leadership Development with Action Learning

    • Welcome and Course Overview

      This section introduces you to the course and gives you an overview what you will learn during your time with us.

    • Leadership Development and Key Attributes

      This section will look at the term 'leadership development'. It will also focus on what this means in context and what attributes and skills are important within an organisational context.

    • Critical Thinking and Action Learning

      This section discusses the role of critical thinking, action learning and how the can be combined.

    • Summary

      This section gives you a summary of Week 1.

  • Week 2

    Critical Action Learning as a method to promote leadership development 

    • Week 2 overview

      This section gives you a overview of aims and tasks for Week 2.

    • Critical Action Learning and Development

      This section will discuss critical action learning, how it supports development and shares some key approaches from thought leaders in the area.

    • Critical Action Learning in Practice

      This section highlights how Critical Action Learning can be embedded and used for leadership development.

    • Questioning as a key principle of critical action learning

      This section looks at the role questioning takes within Critical Action Learning.

    • Process and Success with Critical Action Learning

      This section looks at the processes involved with Critical Action Learning and discusses factors that need to be considered to be successful.

    • Summary

      This section contains a small quiz and overview of the final week of the course.

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?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the concept, and process, of Critical Action Learning (CAL)
  • Identify links between CAL, and your own leadership development
  • Explain the purpose of CAL in your own leadership development
  • Demonstrate an initial understanding of the concept of leadership which will inform future development

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for supervisors, managers, and leaders who want to develop their skills and capabilities in leadership.

It’s also suitable for those wishing to further their career by preparing for future management and leadership roles with an understanding of leadership learning and development practices.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln International Business School. I teach a range of courses including Strategy, Project Management, and Entrepreneurship.

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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