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Project Leadership & Management Diploma Project Leadership & Management Diploma

Project Leadership & Management Diploma

Our project leadership and management diploma will help you adopt and enhance the skills you need to execute the most complex projects within your organisation.
IPMA-B/A®, NFQ Level 9, PLM Dip.
15 Weeks
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Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader

The stakes are higher than ever for project management professionals. The ability to respond quickly to change and act with strategic purpose requires a new set of competencies to help you evolve from a Project Manager to a Project Leader.

It is no longer enough to know how to set up a successful project plan or to focus on tools, techniques, and project management approaches. You also need to execute the plan, engage and energise people, lead and manage change, innovate processes and compete in a disruptive global landscape. You need to become a project leader

This diploma was designed to help you refine your management and leadership skills while challenging your current thinking. Discover who you are as a project leader. Improve your style, learn practical strategies to motivate, engage, and empower teams, and adapt your approach to different projects’ needs and organisational cultures. Learn how self-awareness can impact your working relationships, make effective decisions, and get the edge you need to advance your career and compete in the marketplace.

What will I learn?

The programme examines the capabilities, attitudes and behaviours needed to become a confident, driven and focused project leader.

It is delivered in an engaging manner, combining a practical framework with inspirational stories from practitioners and academics.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:


  • Evaluate the role and competencies of leadership in delivering excellence in projects and programmes in a global environment.
  • Critically evaluate three core substantive areas of organisational behaviour: leadership and followership; corporate and national culture; the primary task and effective team/group dynamics.
  • Analyse the nature, interests and different power bases of stakeholder groups and be able to prioritise and manage stakeholders and use power and interest techniques to minimise stakeholder dissatisfaction and deliver agreed project outcomes.
  • Apply negotiating and influencing techniques to enhance the possibility of reaching satisfactory agreements with others.
  • Adapt leadership style and role to group dynamics and be able to manage teams effectively in waterfall, agile and hybrid environments.
  • Maintain personal integrity that supports an environment built on trust, that supports personal and organisational development and helps others feel secure and confident. Moderate or solve conflicts and crises by being observant of the balance between group dynamics, personal agendas and environmental resources and constraints.
  • Reflect on the outcome of a self‐assessment against the behavioural domain of the Individual Competence Baseline of the International Project Management Association.
  • Construct a project plan to achieve objectives of varying scale, geographic dispersion and complexity, while mitigating the potential risks inherent in large, complex, intercultural and virtual projects.
Course Modules

This course modules were designed to help you generate positive results for projects and clients while growing as a project leader who can successfully empowering its team to fully contribute to project success.


The Role of Strategic Project Leaders
  • Strategic management, leadership and strategy
  • The role of leaders in accomplishing organisational objectives
  • Distributed and Situational leadership
  • Authentic leadership, followership, coaching, and mentoring
  • Creating effective group dynamics
Strategic Project Leadership Competencies
  • Self-reflection and self management
  • Personal integrity and reliability
  • Teamwork, resourcefulness, and results orientation
  • Leadership styles
  • Developing effective leadership competencies
Building & Motivating Strategic Project Teams
  • Principles of motivation and motivational theories
  • Corporate/national culture and intercultural teams
  • Effective team/group dynamics
  • Emotional Intelligence: origins and key concepts
  • Building high performance teams
Applying Agile Mindset to Strategic Projects
  • Agile leader mind‐set and practices
  • Transitioning the organisation to Lean/Agile
  • Delivering in an Agile environment
  • Servant leadership, facilitation and impediments
  • Being a successful Agile leader
Building Engaged Stakeholder Networks
  • Mapping stakeholders interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement models
  • Managing stakeholder attitudes, expectations
  • Stakeholder orientation in agile projects
  • Developing effective communication and presentation skills
Managing Power, Interests, Conflict, & Crises
  • Formal organisation versus informal structures
  • Formal and informal power and influence
  • Difference between power and authority
  • Influence, sources of interests, and conformity
  • Understanding the psychology of power in projects
Strategic Project Leadership Skills
  • Compromise, moderation and de‐escalation techniques,
  • Conflict stage models and their value in team building
  • Scenario techniques and crisis planning
  • Diplomatic, persuasiveness, and rhetorical skills
  • Building stress resistance and soft skills
Leading Transformation, Innovation and Change
  • Processes which promote effective and efficient delivery of services
  • Risk tolerance: balancing radical and incremental innovation
  • Understanding the human side of change management
  • Learning from experience; knowledge as a resource
  • Converting the project vision to reality
Structuring Project Organisations
  • Organisational structures
  • Traditional and Agile project structures (e.g. Waterfall, Agile & Hybrid)
  • Organisational roles and power relations
  • Adapting your leadership style to the organisational structure
Political, Ethical and Social Leadership
  • Ethics, universal rights, and following own standards under pressure
  • Codes of ethics/codes of practice
  • Social equity and embedding of sustainability principles
  • Personal and organisational development
  • Helping others feel secure and confident through trust
Leading and Managing Global Projects
  • Characteristics of large global projects.
  • Identifying complexity factors g. distance, time-zone and
  • Challenges associated with a multicultural environment
  • Global governance, coherence, and conflicting interests
  • Designing a project management solution for global projects
Managing Virtual Project Teams
  • Traditional PM versus virtual project management
  • Virtual team advantages, disadvantages, and challenges.
  • Communication and co‐ordinating work in virtual teams
  • Building trust and considerations between distant sites
  • Best practices for managing virtual teams
Negotiating & Influencing Project Agreements
  • Negotiation theories, techniques, and tactics e.g. BATNA
  • Legal and regulatory structuring of contracts and agreements
  • Assertiveness and drive to reach desired outcomes
  • Establishing and maintaining trust through empathy, patience, and persuasion
  • Influencing: Verbal and non‐verbal aspects of communications
Programme Review
  • Overview of course content
  • Identify best strategies to succeed on the final exam
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This diploma is aimed at...

  • Team leaders, managers, and individual contributors responsible for the success of projects and programs
  • Mid to senior-level professionals implementing change and organisational strategy execution
  • Emerging leaders who wish to master the foundations of impactful leadership
  • Anyone from any industry such as Human resources, Construction, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, Medical, Management, etc
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Admission Requirements

  • A level 8 degree, or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.
  • If you don’t have a third level qualification but have relevant professional work experience, you may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess your suitability.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board. A CV will be required to check the eligibility.

Please don’t hesitate to schedule a call with our educational advisor if you require any further information.



Why Study with IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Experts
Global IPMA® Certification
Unparalleled Experience
Student Hub & Community
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Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained 40,000 Professionals and Certified 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Experts

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract the highest calibre of international lecturers – who offer invaluable knowledge to our students.

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Global IPMA® Certification

Within the IPMA®, the Institute is the national body representing Ireland in a federation of over 70 countries.

Identify yourself as a competent practitioner and upgrade your status as an internationally accredited professional. Founded in 1965 in Zurich, IPMA® is the world´s first International Project Management Association, now recognised in over 70 countries across 6 continents.

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Unparalleled Experience

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty composed by a group of subject matter experts with unparalleled proficiency and knowledge in project, programme and portfolio management.

Lecturers range from Project Directors to former Heads of Project Management Certification Authorities.

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Student Hub & Community

Our dedicated Student Support team is here to help you stay relevant and connected to achieve your goals.

Joining the Institute’s community offers you an immersive and engaging learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. Classroom and virtual learners will gain access to the Institute’s hub where they can find additional resources and connect with other participants to brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

Fee & Schedules

This course can be provided to your staff at your own premises with a convenient and cost-effective solution. Learn more

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Great course to enter the world of project management
Well-rounded course content and lecturers. Highly recommended course. It will upskill you and provide the necessary tools & techniques needed to manage modern-day projects.
Excellent program really well run
I took this course during COVID and the Institute did everything they could to help ensure we completed the course with as little disruption as possible. All the instructors are very knowledgeable and I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Project Management.
Great course, well run and delivered
I would highly recommend it as a beneficial asset to your CV. The lectures and material are excellent and it was a pleasure to attend on a weekly basis.
I would highly recommend choosing this institute as a learning provider
The caliber of lecturers is very high and the course content, material and delivery are excellent. I've taken the PMP preparation course and passed on the 1st attempt. The Diploma in Strategic Project & Programme Management was equally excellent with relevant usecases, course work, and high quality lectures over a diverse range of topics.
Great lecturers and Project Management material
The Institute of Project Management has given me two fantastic courses in Project Management. I highly recommend them for any further education in Project Management.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

Need further information?
How is the Project Leadership and Management Diploma course assessed?

Participants are assessed in the subject areas on a mixture of written assignments and final examinations.

Is this course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of the programme is suitable for various fields. We have many students from different backgrounds, like engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others, who completed the course successfully.

What payment options are available?
  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 50/50 instalment payment option: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).
How can I get IPMA-B/A® Certification?

Candidates undertaking the course have an option to apply for IPMA Level B or Level A certification at a reduced rate of 40% of the standard fee, subject to them meeting the IPMA® experience requirements.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a project manager of which at least 3 years were in a responsible leadership function managing complex projects.
How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

Live virtual classes run one evening per week, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week on the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

If I don’t have the necessary academic qualifications, can I still be admitted?

If the candidate has relevant professional work experience but no primary degree, the candidate may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess the candidate’s suitability to attend the course.

Eligibility for those wishing to pursue IPMA Level B or Level A certification at a discounted rate will be assessed separately.

What are the course delivery modes (online & classroom)? 

The Institute offers online course attendance for all participants. Albeit, participants in locations such as Dublin, Dundalk, Cork, Galway and Limerick can also attend our classes in physical classrooms. Please note these may have been affected by Covid-19. A recording of each online lecture will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.