Develop your leadership abilities with communication skills that foster collaboration and influence positive change in any context.
Strong communication skills can help you to achieve impact and accelerate change for the benefit of society. As systems become increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, finely tuned communication skills can help foster collaboration, improve problem-solving, and impact decision-making. Whether in social groups or business organizations, leaders across all segments of society and industry need to leverage communication to better meet objectives, influence stakeholders, and drive positive change.
The Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides comprehensive insights and a range of tools to develop impactful communication. You'll learn how to communicate in a purpose-driven way to overcome barriers to success. You’ll also get the opportunity to assess your personal leadership style and adopt communication techniques to help shape the future you want.
This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.
Note: should students wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon them. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and GetSmarter accepts no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.
Is this course for you?
This online short course is designed to help to exist and aspiring leaders become more effective communicators, and to influence change within and beyond their networks. It’s beneficial to all professionals who are driven to align business success with the delivery of positive social and environmental outcomes. The curriculum is suited to those wanting to equip themselves with communication tools grounded in authenticity and integrity.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
The tools to effectively and persuasively communicate with various stakeholders in your network.
A Personal Impact Plan to achieve meaningful change within and beyond your organization.
Skills to inspire and motivate others to drive innovation and sustainability at a systems level.
Access to professionals from around the world as a member of the CISL global alumni network.
Improve your leadership and communication skills to influence change as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1: The need for impactful communication
Module 2: The role of communication in shaping society
Module 3: Attributes of an effective communicator
Module 4: Communicate effectively using listening and storytelling
Module 5: Purpose-driven communication and influence
Module 6: Influence change within and beyond your network
Module 7: Collaborating to achieve impact
Module 8: Maximizing your influence and impact
The design of this online short course is guided by CISL faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.
Zoë Arden - Fellow and Leadership Consultant, CISL
Martin Roberts - Director of Digital Learning, CISL
About the certificate
Gain the skills to become an influential communicator and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
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Why choose GetSmarter?
GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, is an online learning expert with over 10 years of experience in developing high-quality online short courses from the world’s leading universities. We deliver market-led courses that equip working professionals with the expertise required for the workplace of the future. Through a data-driven approach, we analyze future skills requirements and ensure all courses address this need.
Students are supported at every stage of the learning journey, enabling them to thrive professionally through increased relevance, competence, and confidence.
You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more about payment options please visit our Payment and Financing FAQ, or contact an Enrollment Advisor, to find out which option you qualify for.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 percent have received financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for a business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums.