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The Manchester Leadership Development Programme

ILM (Institute for Leadership and Management)

ILM Recognised Development Programme with ILM Level 7 Award

A practical, accelerated leadership development programme for leaders and managers moving forward in their careers.

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The programme

The role of a leader is crucial and complex. No matter which industry or sector you are from our programme provides you with the opportunity to become more confident, more efficient and more effective.

The Manchester Leadership Development Programme is a short, flexible, accredited, open leadership development course.

It inspires and guides you to think creatively, organise differently and develop a mind-set which is critical for leadership.

Key information


Core modules: nine weeks taught course – one module every two weeks
One week fast track – one module per day

ILM Level 7 Award: work-based project, taking three to six months to complete and assessed via a reflective practice paper

Leadership coaching: three x 60 minute sessions

Entry requirements No academic entry requirements but you should be in or going into a management or leadership role

ILM Recognised Development Programme and ILM Level 7 Award in Leadership and Management


No formal exam
Assignment assessed (2,500 words)

Delivery Face-to-face workshops, group learning, reflective discussion, e-learning platform, one-to-one coaching, guided webinar support


Manchester Leadership Development Programme core modules


Dane Anderton

Whilst studying with us you will develop your critical thinking and be able to apply this throughout your career. Leadership is a skill set that is required across all sectors.

— Dane Anderton, Programme Director

How you benefit

The programme is designed to help you understand how to get the best out of your business, giving you the capability to master the challenges and opportunities you face as a manager and a leader.

  • Develop increased self-awareness as a leader
  • Understand your team and how to get the best from them
  • Build your confidence to ask difficult questions and make informed decisions
  • Gain a practical understanding of financial management
  • Construct a framework for thinking more strategically
  • Learn a proven process for promoting innovation
  • Hone your project management skills with a toolkit for delivering major projects
  • Design a work-based project to apply your learning and deliver business impact


Alison Bunn

The opportunity to share experiences with managers from such a wide range of organisations, and from across the world, was invaluable; it enabled me to look at my own work from a new perspective.

— Alison Bunn, Area Manager, The Royal British Legion

Participant profile

The course attracts leaders, managers, directors, department heads, CFOs and CEOs from a wide range of disciplines including: sales, marketing, quality, engineering, health and safety, operations, logistics, customer service, legal and IT.

Professionals from diverse sectors and backgrounds work together around common themes, benefitting from the opportunity to network, generate ideas and share best practice.

Case study Richard Bowyer

I was able to draw comparisons between the learning and real life work situations. Like most people I’m guilty of working too much 'in' the business and not enough 'on' the business, now I can see when I need to take a step back and view the bigger picture.

— Richard Bowyer, National Sales Manager, Triflex (UK) Limited

Our experienced team

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking on to the course to keeping you focused on your business challenge they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Dane Anderton
Dr Dane Anderton 
Programme Director

Kieran Maccourt
Kieran Maccourt
Enquiries and Applications
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07789 558356

Courtney Owens
Dr Courtney Owens
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Leadership and Organisational Psychology

Our Experts - Paul Evans
Dr Paul Evans
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Leadership Development

AMAC Team - Nigel Moody
Nigel Moody
Financial and Development Consultant

Mike Kennard
Dr Mike Kennard
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy and Innovation

Alec Waterworth
Dr Alec Waterworth
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Project Management