Leadership and Team Building

This course examines the role and importance of leadership and teams in organisations. It explores the mix of attributes, skills and capabilities required of successful leaders and the nature of team working, the process involved in building and marinating high performance teams, and the skills and attributes required of an effective team player.

Topics include:

  • An overview of leadership theory
  • The key characteristics of high-performing teams
  • Team building and the team development lifecycles
  • Team roles and responsibilities
  • The role of emotional intelligence in team building
  • The importance of leadership to successful teams.

Learning objectives

To develop an awareness and understanding about:

  • The role and importance of teams in organisations, the characteristics of effective teams and the strategies organisations pursue to create and build effective teams
  • The role of leadership in organisations and its key importance in developing high-performance teams
  • The individual skills and attributes we need to function as effective leaders and team players, so as to identify areas for development and growth.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Wed 25-Apr-18 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFMN015H4ACB

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First class: Wed 25-Apr-18 6pm-9pm

Class code FFMN015H41CC

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First class: Sat 28-Apr-18 10am-5pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFMN015H4CCB

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