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International Leadership: Reflective Practice in Leadership

Reflect on your leadership characteristics and boost your leadership capabilities using various reflective models.

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International Leadership: Reflective Practice in Leadership

  • 2 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore how reflection can make you a better leader

Discover how reflective practice can make you a better leader and play a key part in your continued professional development.

On this course, you’ll examine reflective models – including the Driscoll model of reflection – and consider why reflection has such importance in a practice-based, professional learning setting.

You’ll also build and develop your reflective portfolio with guidance from industry experts on this short online course brought to you by Coventry University.

Learn how to build leadership skills with reflective practice

You’ll examine Driscoll’s model of reflection, and how it compares to Gibb’s model and Kolb’s model.

You’ll get the opportunity to explore, discuss, and apply these models to your personal experiences as a leader. In doing so, you’ll be able to analyse your own leadership capabilities and identify opportunities for further learning and professional development.

Gain insight into your leadership characteristics using reflective models

Evaluate and reflect on your personal leadership capabilities in your reflective portfolio.

You’ll have the chance to examine the importance of reflection and reflexivity as a leader and look at how reflective practice can make you a better leader within your organisation.

By the end of this course, you will have refined your own reflective portfolio in preparation for a peer-graded assignment. You will also have a strong foundational understanding of several reflective models, and be able to evaluate and reflect on your personal leadership capabilities.


  • Week 1

    The Importance of Reflection

    • Reflection

      Learn about the different types of reflection and their importance to your development.

    • Reflective models

      In this section, we'll discuss three reflective models: Kolb's reflective cycle, Gibb's reflective cycle, and Schön’s model of reflection.

  • Week 2

    Reflection as the Key to Effective Leadership

    • Reflection and leadership

      In this activity, we'll explore the relationship between reflection and leadership, and apply reflective practice to a case study.

    • Preparing for your assignment

      We've reached the end of the taught content in the module, so now your focus needs to switch fully to your assignment.

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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...

  • Assess the importance of reflective practice in leadership
  • Evaluate and reflect on your own leadership capabilities
  • Discuss some of the reflective models

Who is the course for?

This course is for those wanting to progress into a leadership role and those looking to build their leadership skills for their continued professional development.

If you want to develop your knowledge further, you may want to take these courses, from the same provider, that share the same overall learning outcomes:

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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