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Project Leadership & Management Diploma

Exceptional project managers are willing to take an extra stride to transform into Project Leaders. This part-time diploma aims to assist you in discovering your unique leadership style. It will equip you with skills to demonstrate emotional intelligence, cultivate productive relationships, and lead high-performing teams.
Master critical leadership skills to manage as Project Director.
IPMA-B/A®, EQF Level 7, PLM Dip.
42 Hours
$ 3,000
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Evolving from Project Manager to Project Leader

Project leadership is the art of guiding a team to successfully complete projects. Leaders bring people together for a common goal, achieving more collectively than individually.

Amidst organisational changes and disruptions, project managers must develop vital leadership skills. This empowers them to motivate, inspire, and steer teams towards innovative processes and strategic execution.

Our university-backed diploma in leadership and management, taught by ten industry experts, offers three credentials. Gain the ability to make effective decisions, empower teams across various cultures, and advance your career as a confident project leader.

It’s time to propel your career to the next level, honing your leadership and management styles while uncovering your true potential as a project leader.

Learning Outcomes and Content

This course explores the essential skills, mindsets, and actions required to transform into a self-assured, motivated, and attentive project leader. Lessons are presented in an interesting style, blending a hands-on structure with motivating anecdotes from professionals in the field and scholars.

Feel free to explore further details regarding the course modules and educational goals.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will have the capability to:

  • Assess the significance of leadership and the essential competencies required to achieve excellence in projects and programs within a global environment.
  • Conduct a critical evaluation of three key areas of organisational behaviour: leadership and followership, corporate and national culture, and the primary task, while also analysing effective team and group dynamics.
  • Analyse stakeholder groups’ inherent nature, interests, and diverse power bases. Utilise this understanding to effectively prioritise and manage stakeholders, employing power and interest techniques to minimise dissatisfaction and ensure the successful delivery of project outcomes.
  • Apply effective negotiating and influencing techniques to increase the likelihood of reaching satisfactory agreements with stakeholders and project team members.
  • Adapt their leadership style and role to accommodate diverse group dynamics, enabling them to effectively manage teams in various project environments, including waterfall, agile, and hybrid methodologies.
  • Uphold personal integrity as a foundation for building a trustworthy environment that fosters personal and organisational development, instilling a sense of security and confidence in others.
  • Effectively manage and resolve conflicts and crises by carefully considering the interplay between group dynamics, individual motivations, and environmental factors.
  • Reflect on the outcome of a self‐assessment against the behavioural domain of the Individual Competence Baseline of the International Project Management Association.
  • Construct a project plan to achieve objectives of varying scale, geographic dispersion and complexity, while mitigating the inherent risks in large, complex, intercultural and virtual projects.

Course Modules

These course modules aim to equip you with the necessary tools and strategies to drive impactful outcomes for projects and clients. Engaging in these modules will enhance your project leadership skills, enabling you to effectively empower your team members and harness their full potential to achieve project success.

Designing & Executing Strategic Projects
  • Developing effective strategies that work within an organisation’s constraints
  • Implementing strategic projects and initiatives
  • Evaluating project success using metrics and analytics
  • Utilising the proper communication channels
  • Anticipating and managing change in the workplace
Strategic Project Leadership Competencies
  • Identifying and assessing risks associated with a project
  • Developing appropriate mitigation plans for risk scenarios
  • Utilising problem-solving techniques to address issues quickly and efficiently
  • Developing contingency plans and dealing with the unexpected
  • Collaborating with teams to ensure they have the resources needed to succeed
Leadership in Strategic Project Development
  • Establishing clear objectives and project plans
  • Developing an effective communication strategy to ensure projects are on track
  • Monitoring progress, timelines, and budget constraints to ensure successful outcomes
  • Building relationships with stakeholders and negotiating difficult decisions efficiently
  • Using problem-solving skills to identify roadblocks and develop creative solutions quickly
Applying Agile Mindset to Strategic Projects
  • Agile leader mindset and practices
  • Transitioning the organisation to Lean/Agile
  • Delivering in an Agile environment
  • Servant leadership, facilitation, and impediments
  • Being a successful Agile leader
Building Engaged Stakeholder Networks
  • Mapping stakeholders’ interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement models
  • Managing stakeholder attitudes and expectations
  • Stakeholder orientation in Agile projects
  • Developing effective communication and presentation skills
Managing Power, Interests, Conflict, & Crises
  • Formal organisation versus informal structures
  • Formal and informal power and influence
  • Difference between power and authority
  • Influence, sources of interests, and conformity
  • Understanding the psychology of power in projects
Strategic Project Leadership Skills
  • Compromise, moderation and de‐escalation techniques,
  • Conflict stage models and their value in team building
  • Scenario techniques and crisis planning
  • Diplomatic, persuasiveness, and rhetorical skills
  • Building stress resistance and soft skills
Leading Transformation, Innovation and Change
  • Processes promoting effective and efficient service delivery
  • Risk tolerance: balancing radical and incremental innovation
  • Understanding the human side of change management
  • Learning from experience; knowledge as a resource
  • Converting the project vision to reality

 

Structuring Project Organisations
  • Organisational structures
  • Traditional and Agile project structures (e.g. predictive, agile & hybrid)
  • Organisational roles and power relations
  • Adapting your leadership style to the organisational structure
Political, Ethical and Social Leadership
  • Ethics, universal rights, and following own standards under pressure
  • Codes of ethics/codes of practice
  • Social equity and embedding of sustainability principles
  • Personal and organisational development
  • Helping others feel secure and confident through trust
Leading and Managing Global Projects
  • Characteristics of large global projects.
  • Identifying complexity factors g. distance, time-zone and
  • Challenges associated with a multicultural environment
  • Global governance, coherence, and conflicting interests
  • Designing a project management solution for global projects
Managing Virtual Project Teams
  • Traditional project management versus virtual project management
  • Advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of virtual teams
  • Communication and coordination with virtual teams
  • Building Trust and Considerations in an online setting
  • Best practices for managing remote teams
Negotiating & Influencing Project Agreements
  • Negotiation theories, techniques, and tactics e.g. BATNA
  • Legal and regulatory structuring of contracts and agreements
  • Assertiveness and drive to reach desired outcomes
  • Establishing and maintaining trust through empathy, patience, and persuasion
  • Influencing: Verbal and non‐verbal aspects of communications
Programme Review
  • Overview of course content
  • Identify best strategies to succeed on the final exam
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The course is for...

  • Professionals from diverse backgrounds who are keenly interested in leading and managing change, executing organizational strategies, and driving successful project performance.
  • Mid to senior-level professionals, including managers, team leaders, and individuals directly accountable for project and program success, irrespective of their job title.
  • Emerging leaders who aspire to build a strong foundation in impactful leadership.
  • Project managers with experience in handling complex projects and who hold leadership responsibilities within their organizations.
  • Professionals working in both private and public sectors, spanning organizations of all sizes.

For a deeper understanding of the distinction between a project leader and a project manager, we encourage you to explore our article: The Difference between a Project Leader and a Project Manager

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Admission Requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.
  • Candidates without a tertiary-level qualification but possessing substantial professional experience may undergo an evaluation interview, either in-person or via telephone, at the discretion of the Course Director. This interview aims to assess their suitability for the programme.
  • All applications will pass through screening processes by IPM’s Admissions Assessment Board. The submission of a CV is necessary to verify eligibility.

If you are unsure if this programme suits you, feel free to Schedule a Call to speak with our educational adviser.

Why IPM?
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Reputation & History

  • Established in 1989 as a preeminent professional organisation dedicated to the project management discipline.
  • Trained over 40,000 Professionals and Certified over 6,000 Project Managers.
  • IPMA® Member Association.
  • Worked with over 500 different corporations.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Expertise

Unlike other organisations, which offer different training programs across many functional areas, the Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the disciplines of project, program, and portfolio management.

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty of international subject-matter experts ranging from Project Directors to former Heads of PM Certification Authorities. Focusing solely on project management guarantees exceptional instruction and learning opportunities.

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Why Choose This Diploma?

  • The Diploma prepares you to lead project management in your organisation.
  • It uniquely offers 3 premium Certifications from IPMA, TU Dublin, and IPM.
  • Our faculty of handpicked international experts will provide you with a variety of perspectives.
  • You will join a large and growing cohort of IPM Alumni.
  • The programme is practical and pulls from internationally respected methodologies.
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Globally Positioned

IPM is uniquely partnered with the world’s leading project management certification bodies: IPMA (Member Association & Certification Body), PMI (Authorised Training Partner), and PRINCE2® (Accredited Training Organisation).

We have also partnered with Ireland’s second largest University, Technological University (TU) Dublin, meaning we can offer Bachelor & Master’s levels programmes. This affiliation links us to the European University of Technology (EUt+).

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360° Learning Partner

  • Join our rapidly growing project management community of 25,000 followers.
  • Mentoring and Events– Get support for your career or help guide new project managers.
  • Volunteering – Gain project experience while helping the project management community.
  • Platform for your voice – Submit an article to our blog and showcase your writing.
  • Industry updates – Get the latest PM news and insights from global experts.

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Alumni Reviews

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Barry O'Sullivan

Project Manager at Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail
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Well-rounded course content and lecturers. Highly recommended course. It will upskill you and provide the necessary tools & techniques needed to manage modern-day projects.
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Jimmy O'Connell

Project Engineer at DePuy Synthes Companies
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I took this course during COVID and the Institute did everything they could to help ensure we completed the course with as little disruption as possible. All the instructors are very knowledgeable and I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Project Management.
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Ciara Buckley

Senior Client Services Manager at Novartis
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I would highly recommend it as a beneficial asset to your CV. The lectures and material are excellent and it was a pleasure to attend on a weekly basis.
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Brian Edward O'Connell

Senior Consultant at KPC International Limited
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The Institute of Project Management has given me two fantastic courses in Project Management. I highly recommend them for any further education in Project Management.
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Paul Derwin

Technical Sales Account Manager at ASML
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The caliber of lecturers is very high and the course content, material and delivery are excellent. I've taken the PMP preparation course and passed on the 1st attempt. The Diploma in Strategic Project & Programme Management was equally excellent with relevant usecases, course work, and high quality lectures over a diverse range of topics.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Need further information?

Find answers to your questions and everything you need to know about the course.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes the examination and certification fees, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Support team.

What payment options are available?

There are two payment options available:

  • Full payment before the start of the course;
  • 50/50 instalment plan: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).

What are the delivery formats available for this course?

This course is available online and facilitated through weekly evening classes with industry-expert lecturers. Do not worry about missing a class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub.

Is the course suitable for candidates without former PM knowledge?

This course is better suited to candidates with knowledge of project management frameworks and practical experience. The course is designed for emerging leaders, project managers, change managers, or any professional who directly contributes to projects.

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this professional diploma in project leadership and management is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT, and many others – who completed the course successfully.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through four written assignments and a 3-hour online examination at the end of the course.

How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

Classes run one evening per week, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week on the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this varies based on each individual’s capability.

Are the course qualifications recognised internationally?

Yes, the course credentials are recognised in over 70 countries.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

How will this course help with my career?

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you develop a project leader mindset and the practical competence that is so valuable to hiring managers. Gain the concepts, skills, and confidence to take the next step in your project management career with globally recognised credentials.

Am I eligible to get the IPMA Level B/A® Certification?

Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a project manager, of which at least 3 years must be in a responsible leadership function while managing complex projects. The Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board will do a preliminary eligibility assessment at the time of your application.

 

Candidates undertaking the course have an option to apply for IPMA Level B or Level A certification at a reduced rate of 80% of the standard fee, subject to them meeting the IPMA® experience requirements.

 

If candidates are not eligible for this certification level at the time of completing the course, they can return once they have gained more experience within a two-year timeframe to apply and avail of the discounted rate.

If I don’t have the necessary academic qualifications, can I still be admitted?

Candidates with relevant professional work experience but no primary degree will still be considered to join the course.

 

Applications will be reviewed by the Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board. A CV will be required to check eligibility, and candidates may be invited to interview via phone to assess their suitability to attend the course.

 

Eligibility for those wishing to pursue IPMA Level B or Level A certification at a discounted rate will be assessed separately.

What is the difference between your diploma courses?

The Certified Project Management Diploma is the best course for those who want to start their accredited career path as a project manager. It is also best suited for project managers who need to strengthen their practice with formal training on core project management tactical subjects.

 

The Strategic Project Program Management Diploma is designed for candidates with at least 3 years of professional experience in a project management role, who are confident managing a project from initiation to close out according to best practices and standards. This course will build on your foundations to develop your skills to manage multiple projects and implement strategic project management in your daily practice and in your organisation.

 

The Project Leadership and Management Diploma is best suited to emerging leaders and project management professionals looking to refine their management and leadership skills. The programme is designed to help you evolve from a project manager to a project leader. As such, the focus will be on developing the capabilities, attitudes, and behaviours needed to become a confident, driven, and focused project leader.

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