Focus on Leading in Defence - R091

Defence Leadership Centre
5 days (3 days virtual classroom, 2 days for preparation and post course work)
Multiple locations

About this course

The course enables OF4 Military and MOD Civilian C Grade managers (or equivalent) to focus on self-awareness and the impact of their behaviours on their staff or professional relationships. It explores leading in a defence operating environment and covers strategy, change, transition and resilience. It covers models and theories to motivate and lead staff in the implementation of organisational strategy.  Therefore, applicants must meet the pre-requisite entry requirement and be able to provide work that reflects your ability to apply the knowledge gained in your own defence context.

This course is delivered through a blended approach of online learning through Defence Learning Environment (DLE) and virtual classroom delivery using web conferencing software. You will collaborate virtually in learning sets with other leaders. You will be assessed throughout by the facilitators and produce written assignments in a course journal, including consolidation action plans in essay format (to be submitted within 4 weeks of the virtual classroom event) to gain a Defence Academy Certificate and be eligible for accreditation. A significant level of preparation is required to complete the course, commencing 6 weeks before the virtual classroom delivery, which includes: 

  • a requirement to obtain 360 feedback from staff, colleagues, peers and managers through an online process (a report is sent to Line Manager)
  • a requirement to undergo a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment 
  • online learning activities, including written work, to prepare for the virtual classroom delivery

Delegates who have not completed the preparation work will be removed from the course prior to the virtual face to face element.

Please note that the virtual classroom is hosted via web based learning platform and not currently available via MODNet.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • an understanding of your own preferences and the impact of behaviours
  • the relationship between leadership & management behaviours
  • leadership theories in the context of defence
  • theories of motivation and understanding of motivational drivers
  • leading through change and transition
  • effective decision making
  • an understanding of resilience and the impact of pressure 
  • organisational awareness, strategy and the practical application of environment scanning
  • developing self through short term and long term action planning

How will this course help my career?

Enhance effectiveness and capacity to lead in the defence environment.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
The Focus On Leading (FOL) course is aimed at MOD Civil Servants C Grade and Military OF4 personnel.

Applications must be pre-approved by your Line Manager to endorse your suitability for attendance

How will I learn?

Online, E-Learning

How will you be assessed?

  • Formative assessment of your online learning activities, full participation and engagement in both pre-course and virtual delivery. 
  • Summative assessment of written work including a course reflective journal to the required standard. 
Successful delegates will be eligible to apply for Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Certificate of Recognition (not paid for by Defence Leadership Centre).