Certificate Sustainable Leadership

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Location Ambleside
Duration Part-time, Single Module
Start date 27-30 April 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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On this four day residential in the Lake District, you will be challenged and supported in a highly inter-disciplinary exploration of both sustainability and leadership where orthodoxies will be deconstructed so you can more clearly identify a pathway for your future as a leader of social and organisational change.

Discussions with peers striving to be sustainable leaders, triggered by remarkable guest lecturers and facilitated by world-class tutors will help you explore the future of your vocation as a sustainable leader.

The course involves experts with international reputation in the fields of sustainability and leadership, including:

  • Professor Jem Bendell
  • Visiting Professor Richard Little, Impact International
  • Ed Gillespie, Futerra
  • Katie Carr, independent facilitator

We believe that our use of experiential learning and nature as a venue and inspiration for postgraduate education towards sustainable leadership is a world first. The programme is offered by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) which is fast growing to be a hub for critical sustainability leadership dialogue, research and education.

The first cohort included executive students from Forum for the Future, Earthwatch, Impact International and the Centre for Leadership Performance. Feedback includes:

This first module has been the most powerful formal education experience of my life. The range of experts, both internal and external, brought a truly inter-disciplinary approach to exploring the challenges of leadership and sustainability. We have been challenged to take action, through imaginative practical assignments that go beyond the usual reading, analysis and regurgitation of academic texts.

This course has facilitated a great personal transformation in me. Thank you!

Exceptional opportunity to engage with and question the debate around leadership and sustainability as instruments for and concepts affecting social change. Prepare to question and be questioned using a wide range of learning methods and environments. Excellent balance of attention to content with process.

Challenging, fascinating course that will shake your perspective of sustainability and your role as a leader.

Course options

Accredited module
This course is available as an accredited level 7 module, which means you'll earn academic credits at masters level. If you choose this option, you will have to complete mandatory self-led study and an assignment. Apply now

Stand alone short course
The short course option is non-credit bearing. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Apply now

Graduate destinations

Many organisations now seek senior managers with an understanding of how to lead sectors towards greater sustainability. Find out more in this article from the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.

Students who complete the Certificate of Achievement in Sustainable Leadership can progress to our Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership, and from there to our MA Sustainable Leadership and Development.

Graduates of the PGC course could take the MBA in Leadership and Sustainability (offered online with Robert Kennedy College) without doing the residential Leadership and Sustainability module.