IMI Diploma in Leadership

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Leadership is the vital ingredient that separates outstanding organisations from the chasing pack. It is the spark that distinguishes exceptional managers from their peers; the factor that motivates teams to produce more with less.

In the challenging times we all now face, strong leadership is widely recognised as the single most important factor in determining which organisations will survive and grow out of the recession, and which will not.

As a manager, the current environment is forcing you to face the most difficult leadership challenges of your career. The quality of the leadership that you provide to those around you will help determine your career trajectory over the coming years and help define your organisation’s success.

The IMI Diploma in Leadership is the IMI’s flagship leadership development programme. Its aim is simple – to dramatically enhance your practical leadership skills, awareness, impact and judgement. By completing the IMI Diploma in Leadership you will become a more confident, well-rounded and inspirational leader – capable of handling the challenges of the current environment and ready to step up to the next level in your career development.

Pathway Options

 Masters in Business Practice



  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 06 November 2019
  • Modules: 6
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 IMI Diploma in Leadership

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Programme Start Dates: Dublin – SOLD OUT

Module 1: 18, 19, 20 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 13, 4, 15 January 2020

Module 4: 10, 11, 12 February 2020

Module 5: 23, 24, 25 March 2020

Module 6: 27, 28, 29 April 2020


Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1: 6, 7, 8 November 2019

Module 2: 4, 5, 6 December 2019

Module 3: 8, 9, 10 January 2020

Module 4: 5, 6, 7 February 2020

Module 5: 4, 5, 6 March 2020

Module 6: 15, 16, 17 April 2020


Programme 3: Dublin – Date TBC

Due to demand, an additional programme will run this November. To register your interest, please email

Programme Impact

As a participant on the IMI Diploma in Leadership you will:

  • Develop and apply a comprehensive toolkit of best-practice leadership techniques
  • Formulate a comprehensive range of practical recommendations for developing best-practice leadership throughout your organisation
  • Undertake a personal journey – developing a detailed understanding of your leadership style and development areas and enhancing your capabilities
  • Analyse how your personal leadership style matches the needs and demands of your organisation
  • Critically analyse and subsequently impact the leadership culture, processes, and needs of your organisation
Programme Content

THEME 01 – The Meaning of Leadership

  • Major leadership models
  • Leader effectiveness and objective setting
  • Taking ownership for your Leadership Development
  • Contemporary organisational leadership

THEME 02 – The Psychology of Leadership

  • Psychometric & 360 analysis
  • The psychology of motivation
  • The leader/follower relationship
  • Sports psychology & leadership

THEME 03 – Leading Teams in a Global Economy

  • Creating high performance teams
  • Leading global virtual teams
  • Cultural factors influencing leadership practice
  • Cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence
  • Strategies for improving multi-cultural teamwork

THEME 04 – Leadership Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • Leadership, social responsibility and the creation of shared value
  • Values based leadership
  • Key principles of ethical and moral leadership
  • A framework for ethical decision-making
  • Ethics, governance and culture

THEME 05 – Leadership in Action

  • Outdoor experience in Killary Adventure Centre
  • Challenging day-time and night-time activities that will put your leadership skills to the test

THEME 06 – Leading Change

  • Major theories of organisational change
  • Frameworks for implementing change
  • Analysing the change context and linking to design choices
  • Leadership, power and influence during organisational change
  • Leadership communication and organisational change
Programme Features

Theatre Based Leadership Presence

During Module 4 participants will take part in a practical workshop session with professional actors. You will work in one of Dublin’s leading theatres on your leadership communication and presence. The resulting learning will ensure your body language and verbal communication skills match the tone required for your team and organisation.

Personal Coaching

You will receive two in-depth personal executive coaching sessions during the programme. These sessions will help you develop a bespoke personal action plan to support your own leadership development.

Visiting Speaker Series

Each month a senior leadership figure will visit the programme for an with the class – including entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational organisations. These sessions will give you the opportunity to debate learn techniques from, a faced leadership challenges at the highest level.

Leadership in Action

The penultimate module will be held at Killary Adventure Centre in Connemara. Here you will undertake an intensive three day practical leadership skills workshop. A series of challenging day-time and night-time exercises will draw together programme themes such as team-building, crisis management, reactions under stress and leading through adversity. IMI facilitators will monitor your performance throughout the workshop. Particular emphasis will be paid to detailed exercise debriefs and feedback.

Leadership Case Analysis

Real-life case studies relating to major programme themes will be regularly analysed in class. These will include analysis of leaders and leadership challenges for a variety of Irish and multinational contexts – bringing major leadership issues to the fore in robust classroom debate and forming part of the programme assessment.

Psychometric Analysis

You will receive in-depth, confidential psychometric style at the beginning of help identify your personal leadership strengths and your areas for development. The Emotional Capital Report (ECR) is the programme’s primary psychometric tool.

360 Degree Feedback

Early in the programme you will nominate relevant individuals from work and other contexts to undertake a confidential and comprehensive 360-degree analysis of your leadership style. This feedback will contribute to discussions in sessions.

Return on Investment

As part of the programme, you will develop a leadership blueprint for your your current leadership making a prioritised list of recommendations for change – driven by international best practice.

Participant Testimonials

“What this programme is really all about is your personal exploration of leadership and the ‘putting into practice’ of what you find there. All of the varied and rich learning experiences provided are geared to supporting your progress towards this simple but invaluable goal. Anyone with a real inner hunger for practical leadership improvement should therefore consider this programme.”
Paul Smith, Continuous Improvement Manager


What I have learned from the IMI Diploma in Leadership is that you must figure out how to become the Chief Relationship Officer in your organisation. As an effective manager I was able to get things done, but as a leader I had to learn how to get things done through others, which starts with building relationships – above you, below you and around you. This programme is a fantastic opportunity to develop a truly comprehensive understanding of leadership
Peter Bosch, Director CFL Strategy, SMB

“The IMI Diploma in Leadership is an extremely well managed and organised programme with the perfect blend of leadership theory, practical application of concepts and team activities. The programme differentiates itself from others by integrating practical application with the theory and concepts introduced in class. You will learn how to cultivate the vital qualities and skills needed to successfully lead people, and build greater confidence in your ability to be a strong, effective and inspirational leader whom others will willingly follow.”
Colm Murphy, AppleCare BPR Manager

“Very valuable programme. It broadened my horizons way beyond expectation. In so many diverse ways the learning environment gave me the tools to challenge my view of leadership. Successfully integrating IMI specialists, influential industry specialists and inspiring guest speakers made this an unforgettable life experience
Tom Quinn, Service Delivery Manager

“The IMI Diploma in Leadership is something that enables leaders of organisations, teams or projects to elevate methods and theories to bring their performance to the next level. It encourages self anaylsis, how we understand the world and how our actions are interpreted by others. It encourages one to look up from the detail and help make strategy happen. I’ve 22 years of experience in domestic and international logistics at all levels and covered a lot of ground. This business still excites me and this IMI Diploma in Leadership was just what was required to insure that in these difficult times, my team in DHL and I are fit for purpose and even more importantly alert to opportunities. Truly an interactive, self reflecting, action provoking course run by professionals for professionals.”
Sean Moran, Director
DHL Sameday, DHL

“I enrolled on the IMI Diploma in Leadership with the hope that I would have the opportunity to learn from some of the best lecturers in the country and potentially meet people in similar roles. The experience I have had has been that and so much more. I have learned an enormous amount not only about the role of leadership, but also how I fit into that role. The lecturers have been highly qualified industry experts and the course directors have been very supportive throughout the programme. I have immensely enjoyed the chance to engage with other participants and learn from their wide and varied experiences. Leadership is a role too often taken for granted. This programme gives a very real insight into the opportunities, challenges and skills needed for leading in today’s economy.”
Rebekah Lyons, Managing Director
Portobello Institute

Payment Options

For 2019, the IMI offers promotional rates* and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2019 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our IMI Diploma participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI Diploma by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance before the start of your fourth module.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

Reflective Integrated Assignment

Completion of the MBS in Business Practice pathway is contingent on participants completing the RIA (5 credits) capstone assignment. Guidance is offered through a compulsory one-day facilitated workshop and ongoing support and access to the IMI Knowledge Centre is also provided at a cost of €650. Payment is due on acceptance of Diploma three.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email


*Pricing subject to change

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of fourteen IMI Diploma Programmes and BRP.

By completing either of the four pathways below within a five year timeframe, you will earn the required amount of credits to be conferred the title ‘MSc or MBS in Business Practice’, ‘MSc in Data Business or ‘MSc in Digital Business’. The IMI Masters of Business Framework is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

How does it work?

Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the IMI’s suite of fifteen IMI Diploma programmes.
Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing achieving an overall grade average of 2.1.
Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project or a third IMI Diploma of your choosing and a Reflective Integrated Assignment (RIA).

Separate to their individual pathways, it must be noted that the IMI Diploma in Data Business Part 1 or the IMI Diploma in Digital Business Part 1 can be taken as the first, second or third diploma in the journey towards an MSc in Business Practice or MBS in Business Practice.


A key feature of the IMI MoB Framework is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all required steps and attain the Masters. Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the taught element of the IMI MoB Framework in as little as 18 months. You must complete all elements of the IMI MoB Framework within five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI MoB Framework is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the programme, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefits from your participation.

Who is eligible?

Participants are required to provide evidence of relevant work-based learning at a management level and / or should hold a relevant academic qualification at primary degree level.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact or Freephone 1800 22 33 88.

A candidate’s suitability for the programme will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and / or relevant professional experience. Each applicant will be firstly required to comprehensively complete the IMI “Portfolio of Learning” form. A primary degree from a recognised third level institution (NFQ level 8) will typically be required with at least 3 years relevant industry experience, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

Alternatively, at least 5 years relevant experience at an appropriate managerial level is the requirement where the degree is not in the appropriate area. This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at management level.

Each proposed candidate will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person or by phone. The IMI Registrar’s Office will oversee all applications and the final decision on any application rests with the Registrar.

All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The English language requirement for this programme is an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Successful participants will be awarded both the IMI Diploma in Leadership and the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership. The Postgraduate Certificate qualification is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork and is a Level 9, Minor Award on National Framework of Qualifications. By completing this programme you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the Master of Business qualification.


Programme Start Dates: Dublin – SOLD OUT

Module 1: 18, 19, 20 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 13, 4, 15 January 2020

Module 4: 10, 11, 12 February 2020

Module 5: 23, 24, 25 March 2020

Module 6: 27, 28, 29 April 2020


Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1: 6, 7, 8 November 2019

Module 2: 4, 5, 6 December 2019

Module 3: 8, 9, 10 January 2020

Module 4: 5, 6, 7 February 2020

Module 5: 4, 5, 6 March 2020

Module 6: 15, 16, 17 April 2020


Programme 3: Dublin – Date TBC

Due to demand, an additional programme will run this November. To register your interest, please email

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