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Diverse Leadership Development

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 5 October 2023
  • Duration: 3 Sessions
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Reskill & Recover project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

The course, is a practical 3-day development programme, led by Dr Anne Cockayne (Senior Lecturer), Rakesh Sondhi (Lecturer) and Dawn Smitten (Industry Skills Coach) at Nottingham Business School. The course is for anyone who manages a diverse team and wishes to maximise the benefits of diversity, optimise their own diverse strengths and improve inclusion in their own organisations.

What you’ll study

This course gives you the opportunity to understand diversity, recognise diverse strengths, identify and challenge discrimination so that difference in the workplace is welcomed. The course also supports you in enhancing your own career opportunities and developing an inclusive environment. The programme embraces the strengths of every individual, attempting to maximise the individual’s strengths in a fun, learning-based environment. There is no assumption behind the capabilities of any individual, allowing team members to select their optimal roles for the benefit of the team.

As a result of completing the course, you will:

  • enhance your skills as an inclusive leader
  • optimise the contributions for diverse team members
  • appreciate how inclusive cultures create high-performance in your organisation
  • identify the strengths and challenges that stem from your own diversity
  • develop skills and strategies to embed inclusion within your organisation
  • propose strategies to strengthen your organisation’s inclusion approach
  • opportunity to produce a professional business report and present to Board level the business case for inclusion.

How you're assessed:

  • Personal development plan – including contextual statement (30%)
  • Report -  exploring a leadership or management issue within your organisation, focus on inclusion and include personal reflection (70%)

This course is accredited at Level 7, meaning participants can gain 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification upon successful completion of the above criteria.

Future dates:

Session 1: Thursday 5 October 2023, 9.30 am 4.30 pm

Session 2: Thursday 12 October 2023, 9.30 am 4.30 pm

Session 3: Thursday 19 October 2023, 9.30 am 4.30 pm

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Diverse Leadership Development: Tracey Hylton

How you’re taught

Below you'll find an outline of each session:

(Session Two is not a test of your fitness or physical strength, but we did want you to know you will be moving around and not being behind a desk. Wear something that you feel comfortable in such as casual clothes and trainers. Additionally, the activities are designed to optimise people's strengths regardless of any disabilities, so everyone will have a role to play.)

Session One

The individual working in the SME

  • Core concepts relating to diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership in SMEs: Context and challenges
  • Leadership models
  • What inclusive leadership is and what it is not
  • Exploring each other's differences and using it as a strength
  • Assessing bias and barriers to diverse minority progression

Session Two

Team leadership and self-awareness (active session)

  • Putting your learning so far into practice by sharing a work-based experience or topic
  • Personal identity
  • Leading fully inclusive teams
  • Practical learning from group-based exercises requiring multiple and diverse team skills to deliver optimal team performance
  • Reflection and learning - to use for the final report

Session Three

Using diverse strengths and creating inclusion

  • Positive psychology
  • Reviewing a case study on a business that used diversity as a strength
  • Making the business case - selling your ideas to the board
  • Peer learning, developing and how to embed inclusion
  • Group presentation
  • Choosing your topic and writing your report

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other occurrences.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.