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Leadership Styles: How to Find your Style and Adapt to Others

Develop effective leadership qualities as you learn how to find your leadership style and adapt to work successfully with others.

1,086 enrolled on this course

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Leadership Styles: How to Find your Style and Adapt to Others

1,086 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Gain crucial leadership skills

Identifying and understanding your leadership style is key to becoming a successful leader. Not only will it help you understand yourself but it will also help you assess the needs of others so that you can adapt your style accordingly.

On this two-week course, you’ll develop an understanding of your leadership style to improve your critical thinking, decision-making, communication, and collaboration skills.

You’ll enhance your leadership abilities as you learn how to work effectively with others and utilise your style in the workplace.

Learn how to apply your skills to leadership roles

You’ll start by delving into different leadership qualities, styles, and traits to help you identify what kind of leader you are.

With this knowledge, you’ll be better positioned to choose the most effective style for your current or future leadership role.

Understand how to lead by example

Next, you’ll see leadership in action as you discover personal insights from existing leaders.

Through this exploration, you’ll gain practical skills to help you lead by example and overcome leadership challenges you may face.

Learn from the experts at Federation University

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by leaders and academics from Federation University.

With their expertise, you’ll finish the course with a solid understanding of your current leadership style and how you can adapt to meet the needs of the different people you interact with.


  • Week 1

    Leadership styles

    • Course overview

      Welcome to Week 1! In this activity, we will introduce you to the course learning outcomes and provide a brief overview of the course topics.

    • Leadership styles

      In this activity, we identify and define what is leadership. We will also cover leadership styles and identify what type of leader you are.

    • Adapting your leadership style

      In this activity, we take a look at how you can adapt your leadership style to become the best leader you can be. We'll also look at some challenges of leadership and how you can overcome these.

    • End of week test

      In this activity, we wrap up week 1 by completing the end-of-week test.

  • Week 2

    Leadership challenges

    • Defining yourself as a leader

      In this activity, we review what makes a good leader and identify some strategies on how to refine your leadership style through reflection and feedback.

    • Challenges of leadership

      This activity covers the challenges that leaders must face and overcome. Through overcoming these challenges, leaders create opportunities for themselves to develop and grow both personally and professionally.

    • Course wrap up

      We finish the course off with the end-of-week test. For further study, don't forget to check out Federation Universities additional leadership courses!

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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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...

  • Evaluate your default leadership style
  • Identify and adapt to the leadership styles of others
  • Identify contemporary leadership challenges

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a leader.

You may be starting out on your leadership journey, looking to transition into leadership, or you’re already in a leadership role and want to develop your skills further.

What software or tools do you need?

A PDF viewer is recommended for learners to access non-essential resources provided for learners benefit. Learners will not need any specialised software to complete this course.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Federation University

Federation University Australia is a premium dual-sector university that has been educating the leaders, innovators and thinkers of regional Australia for over 150 years.

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    Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, Wimmera

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
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Buy this course

$109/one-off payment

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  • Access to this course
  • Learn at your own pace
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  • Tests to boost your learning
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