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Program Code: GVOL0753U

Course Information

Student Rating
9/ 10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


8 Weeks

Time Commitment

15 Hours



Optional Extra

GVI Program Abroad


$140 scholarships available. Book by 30 April*

Flexible Payment

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You know you have what it takes to be a leader. But you need a chance to prove it. How do you get that opportunity?

Complete GVI’s Leading Teams for Impact online course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, to earn your first team leadership role. Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Study theoretical leadership concepts and earn a certificate demonstrating your mastery.

Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set objectives a team can reliably achieve, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. You will delve into the stages of team development and the roles and responsibilities of a team leader. You will also learn about the responsibilities of a team leader and find out how to define risk and conduct a risk assessment.

This course is included in the program fee of all our internship abroad programs.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • develop specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART) objectives
  • distinguish the stages of team development
  • list your health and safety responsibilities as a leader
  • display effective communication with a team
  • identify team skills, roles and leadership styles.

Is this course for you?

This team leader course is for anyone who’s interested in starting out as a leader, from high school students to mid-level professionals. This course is ideal for those who’ve never led a team and are looking to build their confidence in doing so.

Course Curriculum

In this course, which is offered in partnership with Richmond University, you’ll reflect on the behaviours displayed by effective team leaders. You’ll identify your own leadership style and learn strategies for resilience. Learn to use Belbin’s theoretical model of team roles to understand and bring out the best in your team.

Find out what stage of a team’s development is at using Tuckman’s stages. You then go on to learn how to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) objectives for a team. Next, you’ll learn how to give feedback effectively and manage conflict in a team.

You’ll also learn about the responsibilities of a team leader on this online course. Find out how to define risk and conduct a risk assessment and learn about the importance of providing support for your team. The course explores caring for your team as well as self-care for leaders.
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1: Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2: Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3: Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4: Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5: Performing and Developing a Leadership Style

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals

Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Alumni Testimonials

Course Rating

Leading Teams for Impact

This course has been so helpful in improving the knowledge of leadership that I already have! I feel so much more confident going into a work environment with what I have learnt and knowing that I can apply many of the methods throughout my career! I couldn’t be happier that I took the oppo [...]

Course Rating

Leading Teams for Impact

Super fun and put concepts that I knew into theory

Course Rating

Leading Teams for Impact

This course opened my eyes to so many new and different things I never would’ve considered when thinking about leadership. It was informative, the learning system was easy to use, and the live lectures were interesting.

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