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Professional short course

Experiencing Teams - Leading with and through Others

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Dr Nadine Tchelebi

Page last updated 16 January 2018


This highly experiential and hands-on module is designed to help you understand

a) your own 'usual' patterns of behaviour when working with others,


b) how these impact on the teams you are a member of when you take on leadership roles, both formally and informally.

It is designed to help you understand human relations in organisations as you experience these 'live' through your active engagement in the module.

Who is it for?

You will show curiosity for the true motives behind your own behaviour and how you can use these to more effectively influence others in organisations so as to lead with and through them. Being able to work collaboratively is becoming increasingly significant in determining organisational success, and the course will offer you insight into underlying group dynamics that can substantially support or hamper organisational growth.

If you feel the need to reflect on your leadership effectiveness and take steps to further develop as a leader, this course is for you.

Benefits for you

  • Understanding of yourself as a leader; your strengths and weaknesses in this role and to utilise these for best practice and life-long learning.
  • Taking with you a strong set of theoretical insights that help you make sense of your leadership experience during the course and in your working and private life.
  • Developing clear goals and emotional commitment to improving your personal leadership effectiveness.
  • Learning from the co-created experience of others by working with them in a range of different scenarios.

Benefits for your organisation

This course helps aspiring leaders recognise 'underneath-the-surface' group dynamics and understand what it takes to make these work in the interest of the organisation - both from within themselves and through their influence on colleagues, and therefore delivering higher performing teams and transformational results.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements as such, but having had some experience in leading teams, even if only for short projects, will be advantageous (these could stem from your private life, too, for example a sports team).



The module is  divided into 3 core elements: Theory (Day 1), Experience (Days 1,2 and 3), and Application (Day 3).

  1. Theory - Two theory blocks organised into interactive lectures enable the tutor to input foundational knowledge about group dynamics that will support your sense-making process during the experiential learning exercises. This element will mainly draw on social psychology, group systems-psychodynamics and relational leadership theory.
  2. Experience - During the creation of a 'Temporary Organisation', you will have versatile opportunities to work together with others in small and large project teams so as to experiment with different approaches to exercising influence in organisations. You will be able to test out different behaviour when taking up your authority and experience what works best to further your own strategies within the organisation. During all exercises, tutors will be there to help you make sense of what is going on in the here and now of the experience.
  3. Application - This final element will focus on your ability to transition the learning from the 'Temporary Organisation' to your normal working and private environment. We will explore the question of how to use your course experience as a platform for continuous self-reflective leadership learning, and we will do so by working with creative organisational consultancy tools in the group.

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

This course will be highly interactive, involving and training the skill of personal reflection on your Self and your working relationships with others.

Learning will be through participative theory input, hands-on experiential exercises and profound constructive feedback with a view on applicability of the learning.

Study time

What commitment do I have to make?

If you attend the course as a professional short course, you will want to consider giving yourself enough time afterwards for critical self-reflection. The experience is likely to bring up a lot of learning opportunities, and it would be a shame if you do not give  yourself enough time to digest these.

If you take this course as part of a Master programme or for the 15 credit accreditation, we recommend approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time to complete the course and assessment. This is only a guideline and will depend highly on individuals' learning abilities.

The assessment submission date will be set approximately six weeks after the last taught session. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend this deadline once you have registered for the course. However, if for an unexpected reason you are unable to submit, the University does have an Extenuating Circumstances policy.


This course offers you the opportunity to gain 15 Masters level credits. To achieve this accreditation you will be required to complete the following:

  • Complete a reflective log of your key experiences during the Temporary Organisation
  • Present a 3000 word strong argument, critically evaluating a team interaction from your reflective log with reference to relevant theories presented during the course

You will be automatically registered onto the assessment, with an opportunity to 'opt out' at the end of the first day. On successful completion of this assessment you will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of UWE Master's level programmes.



Study facilities

This course is run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, guaranteeing a quiet and contained learning space for you to experiment in.

Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has many fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Module fee (includes assessment) £725

Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of your course fee, however the university campus has parking available (at a small charge) and numerous catering outlets.

Course dates

This course will next be scheduled to run in our 2018-19 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.


How to apply

How to apply

Applications for the 17/18 academic year are now closed. Please complete the enquiry form below to register your interest.

You can apply online for this CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone module or as part of our postgraduate (Masters level) programme on a flexible study basis.

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

·  An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including a work or academic reference)

·  A brief personal statement to support your application

·  A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied

·   A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

·  If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44(0)117 32 87265

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