The ILM Level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership is a concise qualification made up of two mandatory units. In the first unit participants review different leadership theories relevant to their organisation and investigate organisational leadership performance by analysing a critical incident. The second unit, ‘Developing the reflective leader’, enables participants to reflect on their learning and experience to improve their performance.
The ILM Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership builds and broadens the skills and knowledge gained in the Award (please note candidates may join the Certificate directly and are not required to undertake the Award as a prerequisite). The third mandatory unit at this level, ‘The leadership journey’, is designed to enable participants to develop autonomy and self-direction in their learning. It also aims to develop skills in reflecting holistically on experience and learning within a given context over an extended period.
The ILM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership develops a comprehensive range of leadership skills, providing participants with the broad body of knowledge required by senior managers and leaders. The qualification builds on the Award and Certificate, though is more suited to practising senior mangers or leaders, due to the more challenging demands of the programme. (Please note candidates are not required to undertake either the Award or Certificate as prerequisites and may join Diploma programmes directly). Organisational change is examined in the additional mandatory unit – reviewing the causes of change and its potential effects on an organisation and evaluating and justifying different leadership models to enable change.
Certificate or Diploma participants are able to choose from a diverse range of optional units to build their qualification (see pdf download). This high level of flexibility allows individuals or their employers to custom build a qualification focusing on the key areas that are most relevant to the demands of a specific role, industry or organisation. From leading programmes to improving marketing strategy, the ILM Strategic Leadership qualifications can be fully tailored to meet the varying needs of participants across all employment sectors.