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Applied Leadership and Self-Development: the Final Steps to Mastery

Progress in your career as you follow practical steps to help you become a successful leader in any business.

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Applied Leadership and Self-Development: the Final Steps to Mastery

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  • Intermediate level

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Incorporate positive thinking into your leadership style.

Leadership is crucial in the financial world. It can help you navigate uncertain times and give you a competitive edge as the industry continues to evolve.

On this four-week course, you’ll gain the skills to become a successful leader as you discover the value of positivity and vulnerability.

Through real-life examples, you’ll gain an insight into yourself and others, and have a range of practical, proven tools at your fingertips to help you become the leader you want to be.

Develop a prioritisation framework

Knowing how to manage your time and energy is key in any leadership role.

To help you do this, you’ll learn how to design a prioritisation framework to identify your energy sources and drains, and to effectively plan your use of energy.

Next, you’ll explore a number of leadership thoughts such as cultural awareness, interviewing techniques, and barriers for women to help you become a well-rounded leader.

Create a leadership development plan

To ensure you gain practical skills, you’ll explore real-life case studies to see leadership in action.

With this knowledge, you’ll create a leadership development plan to help you implement your skills.

Discover authentic leadership

Finally, you’ll unpack how you can become an authentic leader. You’ll explore how you can lead through a crisis with positivity as you learn the skills to motivate teams.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge to deal with challenges and become a positive leader in the finance world.


  • Week 1

    The importance of prioritisation

    • Challenges with prioritisation

      This first activity looks at the importance of prioritisation for the leader, and its challenges.

    • Understanding when you are most effective

      This activity focuses on how the leader needs to identify when they are most effective, and use that to their advantage, consciously.

    • Being strategic versus fire-fighting

      Activity 3 this week looks at the issue of fire-fighting versus finding the time to be more strategic in thoughts and actions.

    • My prioritisation framework

      This activity looks at my proprietary prioritisation framework, which I have developed by bringing together a number of concepts, to give you a methodology for ensuring you can prioritise, and therefore be a more effective leader.

  • Week 2

    Bringing a number of leadership thoughts together

    • Summarising leadership

      This activity we'll start to summarise some elements of leadership.

    • Cultural awareness

      We'll focus in this activity on cultural considerations including changing times.

    • Interview techniques

      Activity 3 looks at some tips for interviewing to get that leadership role.

    • Barriers for women

      Activity 4 focuses on the barriers for women which can impact their likelihood of career success.

    • Life balance

      Here we will look at how to achieve balance in various ways, as a leader.

  • Week 3

    The leadership plan

    • Generational factors

      Activity 1 looks at the impact on the leader of differing generations in the workforce.

    • The first 100 days

      Activity 2 looks at the first days in a leadership role and the concept and benefits of having a plan.

    • Alternative case studies

      This activity looks at some other situations of leadership, and what a plan might look like.

    • Some further values and motivation

      This activity looks at some further values in more detail, and talks again about motivation.

  • Week 4

    All about motivation

    • Further values, fear and anxiety

      Activity 1 explores some more values, as well as looks at fear and anxiety in the leader.

    • Positivity and motivation

      This activity returns to positivity and The Zone, which we looked at briefly in course 2 of this series of 3 courses.

    • Dealing with hard questions

      Activity 3 looks at the challenges of being able to say 'no', getting the outcomes you want and dealing with challenge, as a leader.

    • Summary thoughts

      This activity will conclude this 3rd course of 3 on leadership and self-development by making some closing remarks in summary.

When would you like to start?

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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...

  • Apply positive thinking to situations
  • Reflect on your motivational state and modify the situation as a leader, creating win-win situations
  • Demonstrate prioritisation effectively
  • Lead and influence others, as well as be influenced positively by them
  • Engage with others showing you are able to say ‘no’, and influence others to say ‘yes
  • Identify the benefits to be derived from having and leading diverse teams in terms of generation

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for leaders in the finance space but can also be applied to other industries and personal lives.

You’ll gain simple, practical advice to help you navigate challenges and enhance your professional development.

This course is beneficial for a variety of leaders – from those just starting their career or studying, to those already in a senior position.

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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