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ILM 7: The Progressive and Developing Leader


The Progressive and Developing Leader accredited to ILM Level 7 Award in Leadership and Management is ideal for top-level managers or those about to take their first step into senior management.

The course focuses on building transferable skills necessary for senior managers such as leading strategically, the ability to the think critically and being able to plan and manage change effectively.

You will also be able to access resources to support your study and, apply learning to your work and your organisation and complete an assessment based upon your career and strategic development in the workplace.

Suitable for

Top-level managers who focus on managing the senior or executive management instead of the day-to-day activities of the organisation.

On completion you will be able to

  • Drive organisational results through creative, innovative and strategic thinking.
  • Better understand your leadership style and its impact on organisational performance.
  • Build and expand your professional network.
  • Develop an action plan that outlines your career goals and the practical steps needed to accomplish them.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements are required; however, it is expected that you should be working as a top-level manager or have substantial experience in a middle manager role with aspirations to progress into a more senior role.

A degree level or equivalent qualification is generally recommended in order to meet the academic demands of a Level 7 Award.


Please contact us to discuss programme dates - leadershipcentre@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


Five full training days with an additional one hour individual assessment support sessions offered after through the training period . 


Day one: 09:30 – 18:00
09:30 to 16:30 for all subsequent days


The training days will take place at  Leeds Beckett University, City Campus


£2800 *

*please note as we are part of Leeds Beckett University we do not charge VAT 


We can design our courses to meet your specific business objectives, developing a tailored plan to deliver the results you are looking for. We can run the bespoke courses at your organisation or at our own campus in Leeds.

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Learning Outcomes

Course content

Day 1: The Strategic Leader

You will explore what is meant by strategy, how it has evolved and what strategic analysis tools are used in the workplace. You will also gain further knowledge and understanding of what strategic leadership is and identify how it relates to your own organisation.

Day 2: Strategic Leadership Environment

You will discuss different leadership styles and through a process of discussion and self-reflection will identify the dominant styles within your organisation. Learning community activities will also be started based on a specific topic.

Day 3: Developing the Senior Leader

You will be encouraged to challenge your existing views on the leadership qualities and behaviours required of senior leaders. Different self-assessment and profiling tools will be used to understand yourself better and to help you to create a personal development plan.

Day 4: Plan and Implement Change

You will gain an understanding of planning techniques, the importance of plans being aligned to the strategic direction of the organisation and how this can trigger change, to then identify different change management techniques.

Day 5: Power, Influence and Networking

You will explore different types of power within an organisational context in order to ascertain the power and control you have as a leader in your own organisation. You will also explore the meaning behind ‘organisational politics’ and how this can contribute to the power and control demonstrated by individuals within your organisation and the impact this may have.


The assessment gives you the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge gained through the programme of study by carrying out an investigation into a specific leadership challenge within your organisation.

The assessment consists of:

  • One written summary of investigation; Nominal word count 1,000 words.
  • Two slide presentations (pre-recorded); Nominal 25 minutes each.
  • Two audio recordings to support research conducted; Nominal 5 minutes.
  • One personal action plan; Nominal 1,000 words.

You should plan to spend approximately 30 hours researching, preparing and writing the assessment. The deadline for submission will typically be six weeks after the completion of the training.

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