Online Certificate Course

Leadership and Change

Grow as an authentic and transformational leader, equipped with the practical skills to guide an organisation and its employees through times of change.

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Key details

  • Programme type
    Online Certificate Course
  • Location
  • Start date
    21 May 2024  -  Open
  • Duration
    8 weeks
  • Commitment
    6-8 hours per week
  • Department
    Department of Management


Effective leadership is essential in any organisation, and in times of disruption, resilient leaders are more important than ever to the survival and success of a business and its employees. Organisations who have a high capacity for change - and professionals who are able to successfully lead through periods of volatility and uncertainty - can leverage opportunities for growth and innovation.

LSE’s Leadership and Change online certificate course will enhance your self-awareness about your own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and equip you with the skills to develop yourself and others, grow your influence and impact, and employ strategies to effectively drive change. Explore the facets of leadership in the context of disruption and uncertainty, and increase your capacity to offer value to your organisation as an authentic, transformational leader.

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll navigate ethics in business and decision-making, and learn to foster a commitment to adapting to transformation. Using influencing techniques and analysis, you’ll learn to manage diversity and potential team conflict, and explore organisational culture and collaboration through various frameworks. Unpack the theories and models of coaching and mentoring, and understand how to apply them to your context to excel under any external or market conditions.


  • Discover your authentic leadership strengths to effectively lead within the context of change and disruption
  • Examine the relationship between effective team leadership, and psychological safety and pro-diversity values
  • Explore the transformational and transactional model of leadership, and identify ways you can apply elements of it to your own skill set
  • Learn how to drive change through collaboration, communication, and influence, and gain an enhanced understanding of organisational culture by creating a culture map that plots out values, behaviours, and practical steps
  • Address individual and organisational ethical dilemmas using decision-making frameworks that create links between personal and corporate purpose
  • Use coaching and mentorship principles, as well as the GROW (Goals, Reality, Options, Will) and solutions-focused models to create development plans for others

Programme content

This online certificate course is 8 weeks (excluding orientation week) with a time commitment of 6-8 hours per week.

Who attends?

  • Existing and aspiring business leaders across a range of industries in both the private and public sectors.

  • Senior business leaders, senior managers, business owners, entrepreneurs, team leaders, and heads of departments will develop the skills and insights to anticipate, facilitate, and sustain change.

  • Those looking to grow into a position of leadership will learn how to plan and navigate for change, as well as show that they’re ready for more responsibilities.

  • Human resource professionals will enhance their capabilities relating to organisational development.

  • Consultants will gain the expertise to advise companies going through major transformations and offer support.

"The content of the course was highly relevant, expertly curated, and immensely useful. I am coming away equipped not only with fresh expertise and ideas but with lots of practical tools and frameworks I can apply in practice, so I can continue to develop as a leader. I have found the GetSmarter learning platform to be dynamic and engaging, easy to navigate and tailored to the student."

Grazina Berry, CEO, Overcoming MS

Why LSE?

LSE Online builds on our 125 year tradition of exploring the interconnected, multidisciplinary nature of our world that shape society and business globally. Since our inception in 1895, LSE has been a pioneer in providing courses for professional development. Our founding commitment is to understand the causes of things for the betterment of society. Never has this been a more important goal than in these times of unparalleled change. We provide you with the insights and skills to think critically and independently. To make the connections, see the greater picture. To shape the future by understanding today. Whatever stage you are in your life and career. Wherever you are in the world.


The design of this online certificate course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Rebecca Newton

Dr Rebecca Newton

Organisational Psychologist and Senior Visiting Fellow

Emma Soane

Dr Emma Soane

Assistant Professor of Management

Alexander (Sandy) Pepper

Professor Alexander (Sandy) Pepper

Professor of Management Practice

Department overview

The Department of Management at LSE is a world-class centre for research and education in business and management, that draws fully on the LSE tradition of inter-disciplinary academic excellence. Ranked #5 worldwide for social sciences and management by the QS World University Rankings (2023) and #2 in the UK by percentage of overall four and three star in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), the department informs and inspires the very best in management in practice by challenging and enhancing understanding of people, teams, organisations and markets, as well as the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which they operate worldwide. 

Fees and entry requirements

Tuition fees: £2,500

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an LSE certificate of competence. 

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.



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