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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 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.

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The programme

The Manchester Leadership Development 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.

The programme is delivered face-to-face over five consecutive and intensive days. Please explore the programme below or view the course overview >>

You can also study the programme online over five intensive days that are delivered fortnightly.

Courtney Owens
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

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Our Experts - Paul Evans
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. Area covered include:

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

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AMAC Team - Nigel Moody
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 uniquely business dashboard

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Mike Kennard
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

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

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Mike Kennard
Dr Mike Kennard 
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 project assessment for a Level 7 Award from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
  • A real challenge or opportunity from your workplace
  • Use your knowledge to develop a plan to deliver value

View the ILM award overview for more detail >>

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.

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Key information

One week fast track (one module per day) or five weeks online (one module every fortnight)
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)
Face-to-face or online workshops, group learning, reflective discussion, e-learning platform, one-to-one coaching, guided webinar support


Mike Kennard

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.

— Dr Mike Kennard, 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


Our highly experienced team will ensure 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.

Kieran Maccourt

We can’t promise that in five days we can make you the perfect manager, but we do commit that you will leave with the knowledge and skills—and the confidence to put them to use—to be the best manager you can be.

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