Alliance Manchester Business School - AMBS

Manchester Leadership Development Programme

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

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ILM recognised development programme with ILM Level 7 Award

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 development.

The programme explores the core modules for business success – leadership, leading teams, finance, strategy, innovation, and project management. Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), it combines skills development with one-to-one leadership coaching. 

We can also deliver the programme online to a closed cohort of your employees. Please contact us to discuss in more detail.

Pricing options:
Core modules only: £3,990
Core modules + ILM Award: £4,490
Core modules + coaching: £4,740
Full programme: £4,990
5 days
Upcoming sessions:
3 Jul 2023
2 Oct 2023


Leadership in Practice

Delivered by Dr Courtney Owens, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Leadership and Organisational Psychology .

This module is an interactive session which focuses on you as a leader. Using Hogan Psychometric Assessment, you will discover your strengths, your blind spots, how your leadership changes under pressure and how you can improve. Areas covered include: 

  • Before you lead others, know, and lead yourself 
  • How your personality influences your leadership 
  • Leading at your best vs. leading under pressure 

View the module overview for more information >>

Leading Teams and Talent

Delivered by Dr Paul Evans, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Leadership Development.

Leading Teams and Talent focuses on practical application. During the session you will learn the principles for building and leading a high performing team and understand talent development and the impact on team dynamics. Areas covered include:

  • Motivation and influence
  • Effective vs dysfunctional teams
  • Developing diverse talent

View the module overview for more information >>

Finance for Management

Delivered by Nigel Moody, Financial and Development Consultant.

This module is led by an expert in commercial finance, who will give you the knowledge and tools to join in the financial conversation and make a valuable contribution, even when finance is not your background. You will be taken step-by-step through the key financial documents every leader must understand, interpret and be able to question. Areas covered include: 

  • Commercial business management 
  • See company financial accounts in 3D 
  • Develop your own unique business dashboard 

View the module overview for more information >>

Strategy and Innovation

Delivered by Dr Mike Kennard, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy and Innovation.

This one-day interactive session encourages you to think more strategically about choice, whilst giving you the tools and process for promoting innovation in everyday work. Challenging the assumptions that the two are separate areas, it brings strategy and innovation to life through leadership, because successful leaders know that they cannot do one without the other. Areas covered include: 

  • Strategic tools, strategic choice and creating great strategy 
  • Strategy, opportunity and risk 
  • Driving innovation as a process 

View the module overview for more information >>

Project Management

Delivered by Jamie Rundle, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain, Operations, and Project Management. 

The project management module takes real world examples of projects and applies the common sense, tools, and theories you need to achieve results. Throughout the session, you will progress step-by-step through each stage of a project, learning valuable best practices and avoiding common pitfalls. Areas covered include: 

  • Lifecycle, processes, tools, and techniques 
  • Success and failure: evaluation and decision making 
  • Planning, execution and closing 

View the module overview for more information >>

ILM Level 7 Award in Leadership and Management

Ian Crowther, Programme Director

This module takes your learning from the programme and applies it to your working world. You will develop a work-based project, focusing on a real-life challenge or opportunity for your organisation. By applying your learning from different leadership modules through reflective practice, you will critically assess the effectiveness of your leadership. During the module you will: 

  • Undertake a series of online webinars 
  • Be supported by academic experts 
  • Create a 2,500 word project assessment for a Level 7 Award from the Institute of Leadership and Management. 
  • Explore a real-life challenge or opportunity within your workplace 
  • Use your knowledge to develop a plan to deliver value 

View the ILM award overview for more detail >>


Leadership Coaching

As part of the course, you undertake one-to-one professional coaching sessions with a qualified leadership coach. Using insight from your Hogan Leadership Psychometric assessment, you will work on the areas most important to your personal development as a leader. The coaching will help you to: 

Become more self-aware as a leader 

Have a deeper understanding of any obstacles you must overcome 

Build your ability to lead with greater confidence. 

View the coaching overview for more detail >>


Reflecting on the coaching and mentoring elements of the course and the practice we've done, I'm confident that I can develop these skills and see how they work in the real world.

Andy Lewis, Project Manager, AlphaPlus Consultancy

Key information

How you learn

You’ll learn through a blend of workshops, group learning, reflective discussion, e-learning platform, one-to-one coaching, and guided webinar support.

There will be an assigned assessment (2,500 words) as part of this programme. 

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 
How your organisation benefits
  • More effective leaders
  • Applied practical skills 
  • Change/repositioning 
  • Growth and productivity 
  • Retaining talent 
  • Business project 


Who should attend

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. 

There is no formal entry requirements for this programme, but you should have some experience in a leadership or management role. 

Find out more about who should attend >>


Course Lead

Dr Mike Kennard is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Alliance Manchester Business School. Mike’s teaching and research includes innovation management capabilities, organisational barriers to innovation and the development of innovation led growth strategies. He is the author of "The A to Z of Innovation Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship." 



Certificate of attendance will be awarded from Alliance Manchester Business School.

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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.

Ian Crowther, Programme Director

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If you have any questions or would like to chat to us about this programme and how it could benefit you, please get in touch with the programme advisor.

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What qualification do I get?

Every delegate that completes the pre-work and attends the core modules will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Manchester. In addition, those who choose the ILM project option, provided they submit and pass their work-based project, will receive a Level 7 Award in Leadership and Management from the ILM*. 

*Institute of Leadership and Management 

What support will I have?

All delegates will be supported by the programme director, who oversees the programme in its entirety and provides academic support throughout. The programme administration team are also on hand to answer any questions and provide support with practical considerations, as well as the eLearning team who are able to provide technical support for our online learning platform. 

Please contact us if you have any additional needs and we will discuss further support.

Is accommodation included?

Accommodation is not included in the course fees; however, we can provide a list of local hotels within easy reach of the campus. Alternatively, there is a preferred rate at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located on campus, which is available to delegates who have booked onto this programme. Find out more about the preferred rate. 

What is included in the fees?

Core modules only (£3,990)
This option includes an online induction, all tuition, all materials, three Hogan Psychometric reports (HMVP, HPI and HDS), lunch and refreshments during the taught modules, and access to our eLearning resource platform for 6 months. 

Core modules + ILM Award Project (£4,490)
This option also includes three action learning sets / online support for your project, 12 months membership with the ILM, access to the ILM website and resources for 12 months. 

Core modules + leadership coaching element (£4,740)
This option also includes an induction to coaching and 3 x 1-hour one-to-one leadership coaching sessions with a qualified and Hogan-accredited coach. 

Full programme, including ILM Award and coaching element (£4,990)
This option includes all of the above.


Does this count towards an MBA?

Anyone who has completed the Manchester Leadership Development Programme and is successfully accepted onto the Global MBA will be able to receive exemption of one elective. Your attendance on the Manchester Leadership Development Programme must be mentioned at the time of application. For further information please do contact us.

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