Companies across all industries need leaders who can leverage communication to better meet business objectives, influence stakeholders, and drive positive change.
The Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides comprehensive insights and a range of tools to develop impactful communication.
You'll learn how to embed purpose-driven communication to overcome barriers to success. Assess your personal leadership style and adopt communication techniques to help shape the future you want.Download course prospectus
What will set you apart
Earn a certificate of completion from CISL on this online course and be empowered to:
Communicate persuasively and effectively with various stakeholders within and beyond your network
Create a Personal Impact Plan to achieve meaningful change within your organisation
Inspire and motivate others to drive innovation and sustainability at a systems level
Collaborate with professionals around the world and become a member of the CISL global alumni network
Learn to influence change as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:
- Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1: The need for impactful communication
- Module 2: The role of communication in shaping society
- Module 3: Attributes of an effective communicator
- Module 4: Communicate effectively using listening and storytelling
- Module 5: Purpose-driven communication and influence
- Module 6: Influence change within and beyond your network
- Module 7: Collaborating to achieve impact
- Module 8: Maximising your influence and impact
Develop communication skills for more effective leadership
This CISL online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Learn from industry thought leaders as you assess the importance of purposeful communication and influencing change.
Your Course Convenors
The design of this online course is guided by CISL faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.
Fellow and Associate Director, Leadership, CISL
Arden specialises in leadership, stakeholder engagement, and storytelling. Before joining CISL, she served as director of SustainAbility (a global think tank and advisory firm) and as the director of communications and social responsibility of British Telecom. She has also held the position of managing director of the global communications consultancy Golin, among others. Arden draws on three decades of global business experience, 13 years of which were spent in managing director/director roles in complex organisations. She is also a co-author and contributor of research and reports on leadership development.
Director of Online Learning at CISL
Roberts is an expert in online learning, sustainability, and business leadership, having worked in diverse fields and sectors in Europe and Africa. Before joining CISL, Roberts provided strategic leadership to several organisations, collaborating with government and the private sector throughout Africa. He draws on his own experience of supporting business leaders around the world to effectively reshape their organisations.
Managing Director, Talik & Co
Programme Director, CISL
Global Head of Social Impact, Dentsu Aegis Network; Senior Associate, CISL
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge
Dame Polly Courtice
Founder and Director, CISL
Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam GB; Professor in Practice in International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science; Honorary Professor of International Development, Cardiff University; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Development Studies
Deputy Director, CISL, South Africa Office
Network Director, UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development
Executive Director of Content and Programmes, Imperial War Museums
Creative Director and Co-Founder, Hubbub
Country Sustainability Manager (UK and IE), IKEA Group
Heidi Ashley Smith
Global Head of Media Relations, HSBC
Sustainability Lead in Resource Management, Marks and Spencer
Regional Sustainability Manager (UKIME and Nordics), Interface; Trustee, Surfers Against Sewage
Vice Chairman (Australia and NZ) and Senior International Adviser in Sustainability, Citi
Executive Director of Education, CISL
Fellow and Academic Tutor, CISL
Director of Brand and Social Purpose, Edelman
Corporate Affairs Director, Grosvenor
Head of School, Westminster School of Media and Communication
Innovation and Education Specialist, She Leads Change
Founder and CEO, Earth on Board; Fellow and Chair, CISL Advisory Board
Sander van der Linden
Director, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory
Author; Founder and CEO, Bridgework Consulting Ltd
Leadership and Engagement Specialist
Senior Associate, CISL; Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technologies, Open University; Fellow, Judge Business School
CEO, Business Plan for Peace
Earn a certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from CISL – and use it to set yourself apart as a leader who motivates and inspires others.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.REGISTER NOW
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WHAT ARE MY PROGRAMME PAYMENT OPTIONS
When paying for your programme, you can choose to pay the full amount, prior to programme start, or you can opt for a two-part payment plan option when you register.
The two-part payment option requires one payment up front, followed by a second payment during your programme.
If you want to find out more about payment options or the programme itself, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.
WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.
Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.