Essentials in People Skills

Become an authentic leader and coach for your team

Why this programme Detailed programme Programme design For whom Meet your faculty

Why this programme?

To be successful in any leadership role, you have to be able to depend on your people. So you need to build strong relationships with them and earn their trust and respect. And to achieve this, you may need to develop new skills.

If you’ve recently started managing people – or you’re a specialist managing a technical team – this programme introduces you to principles that will help you become the authentic leader you aspire to be. It gives you the skills to coach your people – to understand them, communicate with them and motivate them so they perform even better and make your organisation more successful.


Detailed programme

This programme is made up of three modules, each focusing on a different aspect of people management:

Module 1: Authenticity

In this module, you’ll learn the principles of authentic leadership – and start to apply them to your own development as a leader. You’ll explore why a growth mindset is so important and how to embrace it. You’ll also learn why getting external feedback is such an essential part of your leadership journey.

Module 2: The leader as coach

In today’s business world, coaching is more important than ever. This module introduces you to the challenges of giving feedback – and shows you basic frameworks to use in coaching sessions with others. You’ll also discover the key components of emotional intelligence – and learn how to apply goal-setting principles for both yourself and others.

Module 3: Conclusion

This final module focuses on what you’ve learned throughout the programme – and how you plan to use your new knowledge and skills in the future.


This online journey brings together learning formats including videos, interviews, exercises, questionnaires and real-life examples. You’ll also have background reading to do and questions to help you reflect on your own experience.

In addition, you’ll take part in projects – giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

You can start Essentials in People Skills at any time – and study wherever and whenever suits you. It takes around 10 to 12 hours to complete the programme and you can split this time over a maximum of three months.

For whom?

This programme is for professionals from organisations of all sizes and all industries.

If you:

  • Interact with people regularly as part of your role
  • Want to become a leader in your organisation
  • Have recently started managing others
  • Are already a manager but want to strengthen your skills

Then this programme is perfect for you.

meet your faculty

Katleen De Stobbeleir
Professor in Leadership and Coaching
Katleen teaches leadership, professional management skills and feedback skills on our open enrolment and customised programmes. She is also head of our Centre for Excellence on Inclusive Leadership for Adaptive Organisations. Her areas of expertise include inclusive leadership, managing leadership and career transitions, leadership development, coaching and building a feedback climate.

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It's high impact

    You learn through a variety of formats – including personal questionnaire, case studies, discussions and real-life business challenges. And you have opportunities to turn your knowledge into action by taking what you’ve learned and immediately applying it in live projects and stimulated exercises.

It's flexible

    Our approach means you can learn in the way that best suits you. You can study anywhere, any time – and learn at your own pace. You have plenty of time to develop knowledge and skills to take back to your workplace.

It’s completely relevant to business

    We understand the fast-paced environment you work in and the challenges you face. And our faculty have close ties to the business world. So we make sure you get the latest insights that will help you to succeed in your role.


Drive real change in your organisation

A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

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17 Aug
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28 Sep
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05 Oct
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