• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 70 days


Are you working in the development sector and looking to take the next step in your career and take on a leadership role?

This business and management course is an introduction to key leadership theories and concepts that you will need to be an effective leader and manager. You will learn how leadership is different from management.

The Leaders in Global Development course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program from EdX in parthership with the University of Queensland - UQx.

You will learn practical skills needed to build a shared vision, and lead across boundaries. You will learn to recognise your own leadership style, and the leadership styles of others. You will learn the different types of power, and tools for gaining legitimacy in your development work.

Upon course completion, you will be prepared to take on leadership roles in development and work effectively across geographical, cultural, organizational and disciplinary boundaries.

You will also develop a personalized leadership plan throughout the course, which will help you continue your leadership journey after you complete the MOOC.

This is the first course in the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you complete this course prior to completing the other courses in the MicroMasters Program. We also recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area.

What you'll learn

  • To understand the importance of leadership in the development sector
  • To engage in self-leadership, by building self-awareness about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader in the context of global development
  • To understand different forms of leadership that are relevant to the development sector, and the key to successfully engaging in these forms of leadership
  • To identify techniques to ethically build power (the potential to influence) and design influence strategies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 70 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      10 weeks, 10-12 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Week 1: Introduction to Leadership
  • Week 2: Self-Leadership
  • Week 3: Team, Transformational and Authentic Leadership 
  • Week 4: Wise Leadership 
  • Week 5: Leadership Contexts, Roles and Styles 
  • Week 6: Adaptive Leadership to Address Challenges 
  • Week 7: Power, Legitimacy, Politics and Influence 
  • Week 8: Leading Across Boundaries 
  • Week 9: Principles and Methods of Leadership Development 


  • Mark Moran - Professor and Chair of Development Effectiveness, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
  • Andre Taylor - Leadership Specialist, The International WaterCentre
  • Bernard McKenna - Associate Professor,  The University of Queensland
  • Ali Intezari - Lecturer, The University of Queensland
  • Erin Lord-Lynch - Researcher, The University of Queensland

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 70 days.
  • National Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 70 days.
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