Certificate in Visionary Leadership

About this programme:

The global landscape is currently volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) whereby leaders find themselves challenged to cope and manage their teams and organisations. This course has been developed to assist leaders to overcome the challenges of the VUCA world.

This course enables leaders in every sector and at every level to develop the necessary skillset and mind-set to thrive in a VUCA context. We are operating and leading in a VUCA world and leaders need to be equipped to lead within the changing landscape.

Certificate in Visionary Leadership is a 3 Course Series. You will have to complete all 3 Courses to attain the Certificate and you have to complete the series sequentially.

How you will benefit. What you will learn:

  • Explore the concepts of visionary leadership and apply the concepts to your working environment and social environment
  • Engage and understand the concepts of Leadership resilience
  • Analyse and unpack cultural intelligence

Key focus areas:

    • Module 1: Building Leadership Resilience in Turbulence. Leader resilience is the key to energising and empowering leaders to sustain in turbulent times. Luckily, resilience is a skillset that can be learned (Parameshwar, 2006; Werner, 1982). Key topics included in this session are the origination of resilience in leaders, how adversity actually helps leaders to learn and grow through resilience (Elkington & Moss Breen, 2015; King & Rothstein, 2010; Stoner & Gilligan, 2002), the impact of positive psychology on the presence of resilience (Luthans, Avolio, Avey, & Norman, 2007; Seligman, 2002; Snyder, 2000), and the beneficial use of active reflection when facing difficult times (Valli,1997).

Purchase Only: Building Leadership Resilience

    • Module 2: The Role of Cultural Intelligence in VUCA Contexts. Cultural Intelligence is the ability to behave and communicate effectively and appropriately in cross-cultural settings in order to achieve one’s goals (Ang, et al., 2007; Earley & Mosakowsi, 2004). This requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are developed over time (Hammer, Bennett & Wiseman, 2003) and through openness to trial and error (Gregersen-Hermans & Pusch, 2012). CQ leaders know how to develop their competencies through mindful awareness and introspective reflection on their behaviour (Thomas & Inkson, 2008). Topics include unconscious incompetence (Kruger & Dunning, 1999); hidden bias (Bennett, 1986); and cultural dimensions (Hofstede & Hofstede 2001). Attendees will participate in a brief simulation regarding cultural values.

Purchase Only: The Role of Cultural Intelligence

    • Module 3: Why innovation is a necessity, not a nicety in turbulence and VUCA. This session explains why innovation and collaboration are key to thriving in turbulence, and explores how and where innovation and collaboration have to evolve in order to meet the demands of the 21st century. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the readiness of their own organisation to collaborate and innovate to thrive in today’s VUCA context.

Purchase Only: Why Innovation is a Necessity

Who should purchase this course online:

  • Top business executives from across Africa
  • Emerging managers and leaders in every sector from across Africa
  • Business leaders seeking to enhance the internationalisation of their businesses
  • Entrepreneurs functioning in a VUCA world
  • Graduate students seeking to have an edge with respect to their CV

Entrance requirements:

  • Applicant must have access to a reliable Internet connection to complete required modules online
  • Applicant must be fluent in English and have the capacity to read technical language related to leadership and business


3 Weeks

Start Date Programme Fee
Any time R9 500 (or R3 200 per module)
Course by:

UKZN Extended Learning