Inclusive Leadership: empowering co-creation, change and innovation

Key Information

Programme Type



12-week Online Delivery


10 Master's Credits

Next Start Date

New Dates TBC

Course Overview

This online microcredential course helps students to develop an understanding of what it means to be an inclusive leader. Microcredential courses are easily accessible short courses which cover key practical and theoretical in-demand skills. These courses can be used to boost your CV or as a route into further study. After successfully completing this course, participants will receive ten Master's-level credits.

Developed and led by an expert team within the Eleanor Glanville Institute, this programme offers learners the opportunity to explore the theoretical frameworks and key concepts around self-reflection, living a shared vision, building relationships, co-creating change, and systems thinking. Students can gain a deeper appreciation of the importance of building inclusive environments - spaces that invite participation, motivate co-creation, and promote a sense of belonging - and of a solutions-focussed approach that draws on the strengths of the team.

This online course is an excellent choice for individual learners wanting to develop inclusive leadership capabilities as well as businesses and employees. Its delivery can also be included as part of an organisation's EDI training provision and is ideal for EDI teams working with HR departments.

Please note that applications for this course will close one week prior to the start date.

Why Choose Lincoln

Flexible, online delivery

Multiple start dates each year

10 Master's-level credits and a certificate of completion

Developed and led by an expert team at the Eleanor Glanville Institute

Suitable for individuals and businesses as part of EDI training

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How You Study

Students on this course are able to work in a virtual learning environment, engaging with independent study materials such as online micro-lectures, videos, and reading content (relevant research literature), alongside a series of seminars and workshops that facilitate group discussion, critical-thinking, problem solving, and peer-learning. The seminars and workshops are presented as 'grand challenges', requiring group collaboration and teamworking. As the course progresses, these sessions transition to action-learning sets and to tackling real work-placed challenges.

The course is organised into eight learning units, which offer a strong, critical foundation of knowledge and understanding:

Unit 1: Leading inclusion with systems thinking
Unit 2: Involving others
Unit 3: Taking account of intersectionality
Unit 4: Acting on bias
Unit 5: Designing inclusive journeys through time
Unit 6: Developing the inclusive leader mind-set
Unit 7: Making change happen
Unit 8: Creating sustainable inclusive environments

How you are assessed

This course utilises project-based assessment to allow students to demonstrate the application of knowledge from the course. These projects can be taken either in an educational or professional setting.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certification of their achievement and ten Master's-level credits.

How to Apply

If you are an individual learner, business, or an employee and would like to know more about this programme and our future intakes, you can contact our programme team at

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