Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Leadership Resilience: How to Thrive During Turbulent Times

Future-proof your leadership career as you learn how to become a resilient leader who can thrive in challenging times.

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Nottingham Business SchoolNottingham Business School

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Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University

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Discover the importance of resilience for a long-lasting leadership career

In today’s disruptive and turbulent world, resilience is a crucial characteristic of any high-performing leader. A resilient leader is able to recover from setbacks and overcome adversities – ensuring a successful and long-lasting career.

Whether you’re an emerging, aspiring, or seasoned leader, this microcredential will help you develop your resilience and that of your team.

But resilience isn’t just about surviving. This microcredential will also enable you to thrive during challenging times and further secure your longevity as a leader. What’s more, you’ll gain the skills to create environments in which others can thrive too.

At the end of the microcredential, you’ll gain accreditation from Nottingham Business School (NBS), part of Nottingham Trent University, to certify your leadership skills. NBS are world-leaders in experiential learning and have expertly designed this microcredential to arm you with the key skills, knowledge, and experience for a rewarding and fulfilling leadership career.

Develop your leadership skills

Using a research, evidence-based approach, you’ll explore the concept of resilience as well as related theories such as grit and mental toughness.

With this knowledge, you’ll understand what it takes to become a well-rounded leader.

Understand the positive psychology behind resilience and thriving

When times are challenging, especially over the long term, we don’t just want to cope, we want to be able to thrive.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn the positive psychology behind resilience and thriving to help you gain the skills to adapt during turbulent times.

Explore effective strategies for dealing with stress, adversity, and trauma

As you expand your understanding of stress and trauma, you’ll explore strategies for overcoming the adversities you’ll inevitably face in your leadership career.

Armed with these strategies, you’ll be able to successfully navigate challenges and high-stakes situations.

Learn how to develop team resilience

Once you know how to build your own resilience, you’ll learn how to support your team in developing theirs.

Leaders are instrumental in creating an environment and culture in which people can thrive. You’ll reflect on what you can do as a leader to create this kind of working environment.

By the end of this microcredential, you’ll be a resilient and adaptable leader ready to tackle any challenge you may face in your career.

How will resilience help me in my leadership development?

Resilience is a key differentiator in successful leadership. Leaders need to be able to recover from setbacks, cope with challenging situations, adapt, and lead people through difficult times. This applies whatever stage you are at in your leadership career.

In addition to societal factors, leaders may face their own personal challenges, stress, and trauma throughout their careers. Building resilience will help you achieve success in both your professional and personal life.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a 2000-word essay which will feature an action plan. This reflection has been designed to assess your knowledge of the learning outcomes.

Will I receive university credits?

Upon successful completion of the microcredential and assessment, you’ll receive ten level seven credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University.

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is part of Nottingham Trent University and has achieved both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation – the highest international benchmark of excellence for business schools. NBS is also only one of nine UK business schools recognised as a PRME Champion (United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education).

What skills will you learn?

  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Leading Teams

What you will achieve

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

  • Evaluate evidence-based approaches to leadership resilience
  • Identify, using information from a range of sources, factors impacting resilience in leadership
  • Apply knowledge to identify strategies and approaches to the development of resilience.
  • Evaluate your past and present decisions, behaviours and actions to enhance resilience for personal, professional and leadership development
  • Identify proposals for the creation of an environment where people and teams can thrive.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this microcredential you should have some professional work experience and you are looking to develop your personal and professional leadership capability.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for aspiring and emerging leaders and those already in leadership roles.

The content has been designed to help you develop in your leadership career and help you face challenges or uncertainty in your role.

It will improve your ability to cope with stress and positively adapt during difficult times.

This microcredential will also help you develop greater insight into the impact of trauma and post traumatic growth on leaders and leadership.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course

    From 7 Oct 2024

    Leadership Resilience and Thriving During Turbulent Times

    Develop your resilience and capacity to thrive as a leader during challenging and turbulent times.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      The Concept of Resilience and Its Importance in Leadership
      • Welcome - Start here
      • Exploring the Concept of Resilience
      • Resilience in Context
    • Week 2

      Differentiating Resilience from Related Concepts
      • Grit
      • Hardiness
      • Mental Toughness
    • Week 3

      Resilience and Thriving in Positive Psychology
      • The Relationship Between Resilience and Thriving
      • Resilience as Psychological Capital
      • Resilience in Positive Psychology
    • Week 4

      Risk factors, Stress and Antecedents to Resilience
      • Understanding Risk Factors in Resilience
      • Understanding Stress 
      • Risk Factors in Leadership
    • Week 5

      Developing Resilience through Coping Strategies, Positive Adaptation and Protective Factors
      • Developing Resilience
      • Developing Strategies to Cope During Stressful Situations
      • Developing Protective Factors
      • Positive Adaptation During Ongoing Stressors
    • Week 6

      Exploring Resilience in Career Management
      • How Resilience Helps Us to Maximise Career Opportunities
      • Resilience, Self-efficacy and Career Decision Making
      • Bouncing Back from Career Setbacks
      • Formative Assessment
    • Week 7

      Exploring the Relationship Between Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
      • Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
      • Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth
    • Week 8

      Understanding Resilience in High-Stakes Environments
      • Resilience in Crisis Leadership
      • Resilience in High Stakes Environments
      • High Stakes Situations in Leadership
    • Week 9

      Developing Team Resilience
      • Defining Team Resilience
      • Understanding the Characteristics of Resilient Teams
      • Identifying Strategies for Improving Team Resilience
    • Week 10

      Creating An Organisation Where People Can Thrive
      • Creating an Organisation Where People Can Thrive
      • Final Summary, Reflections and Conclusion
      • The Summative Assessment

What you will receive

10 Level 7 credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University

You’ll receive 10 Level 7 postgraduate credits from Nottingham Trent University. These can be put towards the total needed to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

Career-focused learning by Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

Delivered by experts

Senior Lecturer in Executive Education at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Founder of 2thrive Consultancy and a qualified experienced Executive Coach.

I'm Val, Senior Lecturer here at Nottingham Business School and tutor on the microcredential programme.
My research interests focus on inequalities, more specifically gender in construction.

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