ILM Level 3 in Leadership & Management

Understanding leadership

Develop strong foundations to lead.


An excellent introduction into understanding leadership styles, this module examines the roles and responsibilities of a leader. The factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations are identified as well as the differences between leadership and management. Facilitator-led discussions as to why different leadership styles or behaviours are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individuals and group behaviour further help  participants to reflect on their own current practice. Participants are given opportunities to review their own leadership qualities and potential using a range of recognised leadership models and to develop actions to help them enhance their leadership style. Emphasis is placed on specific work placed examples and encourages participants to focus on their own organisation’s working practices and culture.

Learning objectives

Following the completion of the course and assignment, the leader will be able to:

  • Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations
  • Explain why these leadership styles or behaviours are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individual and group behaviour
  • Assess own leadership behaviours and potential using feedback from others
  • Understand how the organisation’s working practices and culture relate to leadership styles
  • Plan appropriate actions to enhance their own leadership behaviour

Course content

Day 1

The qualities of leadership
The leader – roles and responsibilities
Differences and similarities between leadership and management, and the need for each of them
Behavioural leadership models (situational leadership, servant oblique leader, transformational) and their significance for task performance, culture and relationships

A series of mini-activities are used to demonstrate and allow practise in applying leadership styles to different situations.

Day 2

Leadership behaviours and the sources of power
Identification, development and appropriate choice of personal leadership styles and behaviours
The role of trust and respect in effective team leadership
Supervised experiential simulation to develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills

The second half of the day has an extended experiential exercise so that new concepts can be applied in a simulated leadership environment. Peer and instructor coaching is used to refine skills and understanding.

Key information

Qualification credits

Part of the ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate pathways

Qualification credits

Part of the ILM Level 3 Certificate pathway


2 days

Maximum group size


Number of trainers


Mode of learning

Face to face or live online


Flexible - hotel or your premises

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ILM Level 3 qualification in Leadership and Management

This module is one of eight, that form our ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. 

The qualifications are designed for people who have leadership and management responsibilities but limited formal training. 

Delivered in English, or Arabic, participants can receive either a L3 Certificate or L3 Award according to the number of credits earned. 

The module sessions are highly interactive and based around experiential activities. We believe it’s important to have more than the minimum required contact time so there is room for discussion, activities and to apply the learning to real life situations.

The course is a blend of experiential activities, bite-sized teaching and discussionbased activities. We ensure a rich mixture of activities to engage all learning preferences. 

This course is around 40% experiential activities. 

This module earns credits which can be applied towards the L3 Award and L3 Certificate in Leadership and Management.  

Additionally, each participant completing the module will receive a Red Rock International certificate. 

This course is for first time leaders, those about to move into leadership, or for more established leaders who want to revisit fundamentals of leadership.  

Assessment is through a 1 hour guided conversation with the assessor. This avoids lengthy assignment writing, while still checking that the participant has adequate understanding.

The professional conversation can be face to face, or via video call. The assessor follows a structured sequence of questions and takes notes on the participant’s responses. The assessor is there to make it comfortable for the learner to share their understanding and achieve the best possible result.

Participants will be given assignment instructions during the Training sessions and encouraged to prepare for the professional conversation session by completing worksheets and undertaking any required workplace application activities/observations.

Where the assessor judges that insufficient evidence was collected for a pass, they will ask subsequent questions at an additional professional conversation meeting.

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