Professional Diploma in Leadership Skills

leadership skills
Professional / Short Course
12 Weeks x 1 Evening (6.30pm-9.30pm)
Validated by
Griffith College
Part-Time / Online
Cork / Limerick / Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

Learn new skills to improve employees’ motivation, enhance their commitment and increase return on investment.

In-depth leadership course is designed for aspiring, new or experienced managers, supervisors and team leaders providing a thorough exploration of the leadership role within an organisation.


The course is validated by Griffith College. This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study Leadership Skills at Griffith College?

This Professional Diploma in Leadership Skills short course is available on a part-time basis. It provides an interactive and in-depth exploration of the leadership role within an organisation. It enables students to appreciate what employees expect and want from their leader so that they can practice those skills and behaviours, which ensures that they will achieve results effectively through building successful relationships with their employees. It highlights the skills a leader needs in order to successfully juggle the demands of the team, task and the individual. 

During the course, students become aware of their own behavioural style and the impact it may have on their peers, employees, clients and their own managers. They are encouraged to build on their strengths and put together action plans for addressing their areas of development. They explore nature, nurture and how it relates to leadership as they develop their own path to becoming a skilled and effective leader.

  • Learn to build trust, inspire ownership and develop others.
  • Effectively use important coaching techniques in order to be successful at achieving results.
  • Analyse your own behaviour to become a more empathetic leader, strengthening relationships within the team.
  • Develop your communication style and how to effectively support performance discussions.
  • Identify the importance of problem solving and how it builds effective decision making.
  • Develop an action plan that you can implement within your organisation.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Part-Time - February 2024
  • Cork - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Limerick - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - October 2024
  • Dublin - Online - October 2024
  • Dublin - Online - February 2025
  • Dublin - Part-Time - February 2025

What our students say

professional diploma in leadership skills
I thoroughly enjoyed completing this Leadership Skills Diploma. Not only was it thought-provoking and immensely engaging, but also impactful. I learnt how to promote my unique business value by connecting and communicating at a deeper level and how to influence with compassion. On a practical level, I have introduced coaching techniques to my interactions with colleagues and have gained confidence in my role as a leader. Sinead was a knowledgeable and supportive lecturer - full of creative energy that was contagious and motivating. I highly recommend this Diploma!

Eimear Vellekoop
Professional Diploma in Leadership Skills

Course Details

Course Content :

  • Trust-Based Leadership
    What is Trust-Based Leadership?
    Psychological Safety and its importance to Leaders

  • Building the Team
    Define the 5 Stages of Team Development
    Understand why these stages are Important
    Recognise skills to help Leaders, lead their teams through the stages of Development

  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership​​​​​​
    What is emotional intelligence?
    How does Emotional Intelligence support Leaders to be successful?

  • Navigating Change
    Understand the difference between change and transition management.
    Identify the three phases of making a transition through the Bridges Model

  • Leading a Hybrid Team
    How to lead Hybrid teams
    Communicating effectively in a hybrid world
    Establishing Team Norms

  • Diversity and Inclusion
    Describe the concepts of diversity and cultural competence
    Demonstrate culturally-competent techniques for working with your team
    How would we apply behavioural tools to foster a more cohesive workplace?

  • Managing Conflict
    What is conflict? 
    Having Courageous Conversations
    Encouraging conflict…. why?

  • Coaching for Success
    Define coaching 
    Recognise the coaching competencies that link effective coaching to development

    Apply adaptive coaching and coaching for success models to develop skills, change behaviours and drive performance 
    Define when and how to use coaching conversations to improve work performance, relationships and results

  • Decision-Making at Speed
    Differentiate between One-Way and Two-Way door decisions
    Use the decision impact spectrum and framework to make such decisions

  • Problem-Solving
    A problem-solving mindset
    A rational approach to problem-solving

  • The Leader as a Presenter
    Physical presence and owning your space 
    Communicating with authority 
    Clear and concise delivery

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.



This part-time evening course will run one evening per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below.

Online Delivery

Classes will be delivered live online using Zoom and will commence on Tuesday, 27th February 2024.


Year 2024

  • Feb: 27
  • Mar: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Apr: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • May: 07, 14


On-Campus Delivery 

Classes will commence on Wednesday, 28th February.


Year 2024

  • Feb: 28
  • Mar: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • Apr: 03, 10, 17, 24
  • May: 01, 08, 15


Contact [email protected] for further information.

This course is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, 27th of February 2024.

Classes will be delivered on campus at Griffith College, Wellington Road, Cork. 

This part-time evening course will run one evening per week (Tuesday) from 6.30 pm - 9.45 pm over 12 weeks, with course dates outlined below.​


Year: 2024

  • Feb: 27
  • Mar: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Apr: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • May: 07, 14

Contact [email protected] for further information.

This course is scheduled to commence on Monday, 16th October 2023 at Griffith College Limerick, O Connell Avenue, Limerick. 

This part-time evening course will run one evening (Monday) per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below.

Year: 2023

  • Oct: 16, 23,30
  • Nov: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • Dec: 04, 11


Year: 2024

  • Jan: 08, 15, 22


Contact [email protected] for further information.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

All applicants must be a user of Microsoft Office.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Professional Academy

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Minimum 5 O6s/H7s in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award
Or FETAC Level 5 Full Award

Applicants over the age of 23 (Mature students):

Direct entry  - If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

It is recommended that applicants have a good understanding of both written and spoken English.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.


Dublin Main Campus

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 1290.00

Early Booking Discount: Pay a €250 deposit before 30th June and receive a 10% discount. 



Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 990.00



Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 990.00


What further study can I do?

Graduates from this course may be interested in progressing to the BA in Business at Griffith College or the Effective Public Speaking course, subject to satisfying the English Language requirements, where necessary.

What career paths could I have?

The Diploma in Leadership Skills is the perfect foundation for participants who wish to increase company productivity through developing skilled and able leaders in the workplace.

Ready to take the next step?