Level 6 Award


Three days, 9.30am to 4.30pm


Tea and Coffee on arrival and at mid-morning break;
light lunch.

About our Certificate in Leadership

What does it take to be a good leader and manager in public sector organisations?

It is often said that good leaders are made and not born, and that leadership skills are acquired through identifying your own leadership styles and adapting them to the situation and people involved in your workplace. Formal training programmes in leadership do provide a learning structure within which to develop an understanding of the principles of leadership and identify areas in which individuals need to concentrate their development effort to be excellent leaders and managers.

This Certificate in Leadership is a qualification exploring leadership roles and theories, self-leadership, winning and maintaining commitment, setting and communicating direction. Attendees will be given a thorough grounding in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This instrument is the most widely-used framework for providing insights and understanding of individual preferences that may drive specific workplace behaviours. It is particularly useful for those who do not have the opportunity to engage actively in leadership but who are preparing to do so, or for those employed in a leadership role and are keen to underpin their practice with a clearer knowledge of the principles of leadership.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, attendees will have acquired and understanding of developing and leading teams and their own leadership capability.

Through the course, attendees will:

  • Assess and develop their own ability to motivate others and build commitment to their organisation’s values and goals;
  • Assess the effect the prevailing leadership styles have on behaviour and performance in their organisation;
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of their own personality and how it influences their behaviour at work across a range of contexts and situations;
  • Develop their ability to communicate their organisation’s values and goals to others;
  • Develop their own ability to use different leadership styles, as appropriate to the situation and people involved;
  • Identify and improve on the factors shaping levels of motivation and commitment;
  • Improve and develop their personal leadership and management skills for the public sector workplace; and
  • Use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to focus on the likely strengths and positive qualities of different personality styles.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is those in the public sector who, in the course of their work, are expected to perform a leadership role. Previous attendees have been from the civil service, state agencies and bodies, universities and local authorities. It is also of value and interest to specialists, officers and officials at all grades, who are preparing to take on leadership roles and who wish to progress their careers.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Attendees will receive an ILM continuing professional development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course, including a single assignment to be completed after the taught aspect of the course has ended.

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Ashley HughesAshley Hughes is a training and development specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working in both academic education and management development arenas. Working across public and private sectors, Ashley has designed and delivered bespoke management development training for a range of organisations operating in Ireland and across Europe. She is an active member of the associate faculty of the IMI and is a regular contributor on many of their programmes. She is a qualified practitioner in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Step 1 & 2, and has used this instrument extensively on open programmes and with in-tact teams.  She recently qualified in Situational Leadership in the UK. Ashley currently lectures at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business teaching Management and Organisational Behaviour on the MBA programmes. She is a HETAC qualified Master Trainer.

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