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Leading a Team (MOOC)

Leading a Team MOOC

Leading a team and being an effective part of a team is essential for prospective MBA students. This free online course can help you improve your team work skills and style.


The “Management and Leadership: Leading a Team” course is part of the Management and Leadership programme, which will enable you to earn a CMI Level 5 Award – the first step to Chartered Manager status.

About the course

This course is all about what is essential to leading and Managing in organisations. Understanding who is important to an organisation – and that’s everybody who has a stake in it in some way – is a really good starting point. Building relationships with interested groups and people is time well spent. So too is time spent on planning. As someone once said ‘To fail to plan is to plan to fail’. If there’s no plan, how do organisations get people on board? If there’s no plan, what’s the difference between success and failure? How do you know when things are going off track? Or going well?

Plans are one thing. The people who can make those plans a reality are those with the right knowledge, skills and experience. Without the right person, performing as well as they can in the right job, plans don’t get off the ground. So building, supporting, growing and developing a team is much of what leading and managing is all about. And sometimes that’s about tackling poor performance, which can be uncomfortable.

What you will learn

This course will provide an opportunity to develop a business plan and build an effective team.

This four-week course will guide you through some key aspects of leadership and management. You will:

  • Find out about stakeholders – the people and groups who have an interest in an organisation – and how to analyse them, communicate with them and build effective relationships with them.
  • Examine what is involved in making plans and implementing them at different levels in organisations.
  • Explore what makes for best practice in recruiting and selecting the right people for a team.
  • Look at how good induction can help to settle a new employee in so that they can perform well and enjoy their new role.
  • Find out how understanding what motivates people at work and managing performance can support individuals, teams and organisations as a whole.

At the end of the course you will have gained an insight into leadership and management and how you can develop the skills and knowledge to make you more effective in leading and managing in your organisation.

Starting date: 8 August, 2016

Duration:  4 weeks, 3 hour per week

Language: English

Instructor: Angela Lilley

Institution: The Open University in association with the Chartered Management Institute

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