Leadership & Professional Development

Course Leader: Dr David Morris

Home Institution: PPCPortofolio, London, UK

Course pre-requisites: A good command of English.

Course Overview
This module aims to enable students to conduct a critical self-evaluation in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their professional and leadership development. This will enable students to proceed within their own profession and in business and management generally, as well being able to study and work at a level appropriate to an academic programme of study. In so doing, students will develop their research, consultancy and leadership skills to enable them to become effective practitioners in their chosen field of business and management.

Delivery: In 10 sessions, each session being four hours (This can be amended depending on the school’s requirements)

There will be a short break during each session. 

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate engagement with practice in relation to leadership and professional development, resulting in autonomy in the planning and management of their own learning.

L2. Identify and justify their leadership and professional learning requirements and plan a personal more-specialised programme of study, taking a high level of responsibility for themselves.

L3. Generate and synthesise cogent arguments underpinned by theoretical knowledge and understanding within the area of business leadership

L4. Utilise professional learning through practitioner research and critical reflective enquiry to influence own and colleagues’ practices and thinking, building on career experiences and prior academic study.

Course Content

Day 1 Introduction to the course

  • What is professional development?
  • What is leadership?
  • Leadership versus management
  • IQ Vs. EQ

Day 2 Critical Thinking, Debate, Presentation skills

  • Principles of critical Thinking
  • Learn how to productively debate without conflict
  • Learn how to put together a presentation efficiently
  • How to connect with an audience and present  

Day 3 Professional Development 1

  • Personal Mastery
  • Learn how to think
  • Self-concept and development
  • Personal values, beliefs and motivation
  • Discussing the final assessment – Part 1

Day 4 Professional Development 2

  • 16 PF and Other Psychometric Tests
  • IQ tests and cognitive abilities as the components
  • CVs

Day 5 Professional Development 3

  • Identification: Strategies for personal development
  • Appraisal Systems
  • Assessment Centres

Day 6 Professional Development 4

  • Formulation: Professional Development Modes and Techniques
  • Implementation: Personal Development Planning
  • Evaluation and Review

Day 7 Leadership 1

  • Key theoretical frameworks
  • Influence versus change perspectives
  • Trait
  • Behavioural
  • Contingency
  • LMX

Day 8 Leadership 2

  • Servant
  • Distributed
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Charismatic/Transformational

Day 9 Leadership 3

  • Leadership skills - Empirical evidence
  • Leadership and personality - Empirical evidence
  • Leading change
  • Discussing the final assessment – Part 2

Day 10 Professional Development and Career Planning

  • Feedback
  • Q&A Session

Instructional Method
The module will be taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials. During the teaching hours, a large deal of group discussions, debates, active participation and engagement will be encouraged and expected.    

Required Course Materials
E-tutorials will be provided (in a PowerPoint format)

For further reference, a list of f books and articles will be recommended 


Assessment is 100% coursework based. A written assessment weighting a 100 mark. The passing mark is 50.

The students will be required to write a Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) circa 1,500-2,000 words.

The PDP will incorporate a plan with a comprehensive reflective narrative which:

  • Summarises personal development to date (a Personal Development Position Statement) including personal strengths and weaknesses;
  • States current and future career aspirations and personal development requirements to progress towards these aspirations;
  • Considers personal development modes and methods to address requirements;
  • Formulates a detailed 5-year personal development planning to include development providers and associated costs; and
  • Identifies ways in which the PDP can be evaluated.