Values-Based Leadership online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
5 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation.
6-8 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB)


In the current business landscape, there is a need for leaders who lead according to their values and beliefs, rather than the traditional managerial approach that prioritises a profit-focused business model. 

The Values-Based Leadership online short course from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) helps you discover the contribution your organisation makes to society, as you learn what it means to manage by values. Developed in partnership with the Dean of UCT GSB, Professor Walter Baets, and in cooperation with the Allan Gray Centre for Values Based Leadership, this management course empowers you to discover the potential in yourself and others. You’ll explore real-world business cases and learn about leadership styles and the alignment of personal and organisational values. Develop a personalised action plan to enable you to navigate the complexity of modern business and its organisational structures, as a values-based leader.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The skills to lead an organisation through the Management by Values (MBV) approach
  • A focused leadership style that encourages team productivity by cultivating a culture of sincerity, loyalty, and self-sufficiency
  • The ability to empower others to lead through a shared purpose and aligned values
  • A personalised leadership profile to help guide you in developing the qualities of a values-based leader

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for senior executives and managers who are looking to upgrade their skills within a changing business world. Alongside current leaders, who will learn how to empower others to lead with a shared purpose, aspiring leaders will also benefit by gaining the skills required to move into a leadership position.

Applicable across all industries, participants will be able to grow their business network by engaging with a cohort of business leaders and future-focused professionals. With a personalised leadership action plan, both current and aspiring leaders will be better equipped to steer their career direction, and understand what it means to lead an organisation through the Management by Values (MBV) approach.

Course curriculum

Understand how to demonstrate a strong set of values in your leadership position, as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The case for values-based leadership
  • Module 2 The meaning of values
  • Module 3 The values-based approach to change
  • Module 4 Creating and maintaining values in an organisation
  • Module 5 The characteristics of values-based leadership
  • Module 6 Becoming a values-based leader

Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, our mission is to improve lives through better education. One of the ways we achieve this is by working with university faculty and industry professionals to provide a practical industry lens on a variety of university subjects.



Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business

Earn a certificate from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Learn about values-based leadership and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 5 October 2020.

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    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 Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    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.


    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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.