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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 >>

We can also deliver the programme online to a closed cohort of your employees. The online programme includes five intensive days that are delivered weekly. Please contact us to discuss in more detail.

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

View the module overview for more detail >>

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.

View the coaching overview for more detail >>


Key information

One week fast track (one module per day)
Entry requirements
No academic entry requirements but you should have some experience in 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.

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This programme is designed with managers and leaders in mind and our aim is to provide you with the tools you need to be the best manager you can be. The skills, and knowledge you will take away will allow you tackle the challenges and opportunities you face as a manager practically and with confidence.  

 — Daisy James, Enquiries and Applications | Email Daisy >> | 07721 505143

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.

I've been a manager for a number of years, and largely I've been managing on instinct. Leadership is a gradual thing, but reflecting on the coaching and mentoring elements of the programme and the practice we've done, I'm very confident that I can develop these skills and see how they work in the real world.

— Andy Lewis, Project Manager, AlphaPlus Consultancy

Delegate testimonials

Frequently asked questions

If you have any other questions about the Manchester Leadership Development Programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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

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 provide technical support for our online learning platform.

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. To find out more about the preferred rate, please visit this link.

The modules only 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.

The leadership coaching element also includes an induction to coaching and 3 x 1-hour one-to-one leadership coaching sessions with a qualified and Hogan-accredited coach.

The ILM award project 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.

Anyone who has completed the Manchester Leadership Development Programme and is successfully accepted onto the Global MBA will be able to join, and will receive exemptions for up to 3 electives. You will also receive discount on the full price of the MBA. This must be mentioned at the time of application.