Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Leadership in Business

Develop the crucial skills you need to confidently step into any leadership role and advance in your career.

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Cranfield School of ManagementCranfield School of Management

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Cranfield UniversityCranfield University

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Gain career-enhancing leadership skills with Cranfield University

Leadership is vital for both individual and business success. Because of this, it can be much more effective to apply leadership to all levels of an organisation, not just senior roles. 

Whether you’re just starting your leadership journey or you’re looking to upskill in your current role, this microcredential will help you unlock your leadership potential.

You’ll develop key skills to help you become an effective leader within the workplace or in other aspects of your life. 

Guided by the experts at Cranfield University, you’ll receive industry insights and specialist advice to help accelerate your leadership career. 

Assess leadership styles to perfect your own

To aid your development as a leader, you’ll conduct a self-assessment of your leadership qualities, styles, networks, and practices. 

This exercise will help you find the leadership style that works for you as you gain a deeper understanding of who you are as a leader. 

Explore different leadership theories

Next, you’ll critically examine the evolution of leadership theories and how they are shaped by culture, sector, and global challenges.

Through this exploration, you’ll start to gain the practical skills to apply different theories to your leadership role. 

Develop change management skills in the workplace

As you progress through the microcredential, you’ll discuss whether leadership is an individual capability or a collective process.

This will help you explore to what extent leadership is universally applicable or dependent on the specific situation.

With this knowledge, you’ll examine the tension and trade-offs involved in leadership work, learning how to ethically manage change and navigate complex organisations. 

Delve into leadership roles to advance in your career

Finally, you’ll reflect on your leadership journey. You’ll evaluate your current experience before developing a personalised learning framework.

Armed with these resources, you’ll have the tools for successful continued development and career progression. 

How will the skills I learn help in my career? 

This microcredential has been designed to help you easily turn knowledge into practical action in the workplace. 

You’ll develop your interpersonal, leadership, and critical thinking abilities – all skills which are transferable to many different roles and industries. 

With evidence-based research, expert industry insights, and workplace-ready skills, you’ll be fully equipped to make your mark as an influential leader.

How does a stackable microcredential work?

The modules on this microcredential are fully stackable and self-paced, so you can choose how much you want to learn and when. 

This is a ‘Bronze’ level which includes 4 hours of learning online. However, due to the reflection activities throughout, we recommend 8 hours to complete. 

There are also options for further study with the Cranfield Online ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’ series. With these, you can stack what you have learned to take your credentials to the next level. 

What will I receive when I finish the microcredential?

Upon successful completion of the microcredential, you’ll receive Cranfield Bronze Digital Learning Badge to certify your leadership skills. 

What skills will you learn?

  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Change Management

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe and appraise concepts of leadership and their application in organisations.
  • Critique the advancement of leadership thinking over time, and describe how leadership theories and models are shaped by culture, sector, and global challenges.
  • Self-assess your leadership qualities, styles, networks, and practices.
  • Critically examine your leadership journey and begin to form a personalised learning framework for development.
  • Compare traditional and contemporary leadership paradigms, and assess their relevance for current organisational challenges.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

You can choose to study past our Bronze badge with a Silver and Gold badge from Cranfield Online. You can then stack these credentials for a Postgraduate award.

Please note, the minimum criteria for the Postgraduate Award is an English language speaking IELTS score of 6.5.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone who exercises leadership in their role at work or other aspects of their life.

It will help you explore how to successfully take up leadership roles.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Once signed up to a microcredential, you will receive access to the content within 24 hrs.

  • After learning

    You will retain full access to the learning material for 1 year from the date you signed up. After successfully completing your submission you will be invited to progress to the next level.

World-class learning with Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield has been a world leader in management education and research for over 50 years, helping individuals and organisations learn and succeed by transforming knowledge into action.

    World-class learning with Cranfield University

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.



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