Leading Successful Teams (PGT)

COVID-19 impacted my confidence as a leader, but this course has allowed me to rebuild it. I now feel equipped to continue with Postgraduate study and apply for more challenging leadership roles.

Marie Peck Leading Successful Teams

This course has taught me key managerial skills which have been effective in both my personal and professional life. If I was to lead a project team in the future, I would know how to effectively manage this team.

Alison Campbell Leading Successful Teams


Leading Successful Teams Microcredential: Online distance learning

Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 10 Academic Credits (PG)
Delivery: All course content is delivered on Moodle, our virtual learning platform. You will converse with the tutors and fellow students in online forums.
Timetable: Fully online and flexible, with no scheduled classes to attend.
Funding: You are eligible for a fully funded place on this course if you are Scottish-domiciled and/or work for an organisation based in Scotland.
College: College of Social Sciences
School: Adam Smith Business School

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Effective teamwork is crucial for organisational success, according to recent surveys by LinkedIn and Salesforce. Nearly 75% of employers across various industries agree. This course will teach you the skills you need to create, build and lead successful teams in a range of contexts, including creating new products and services, conducting cutting-edge research, developing new technologies and processes, mobilising resources in crisis situations, and increasing productivity, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will cover key skills such as internal and external recruitment and selection, career development through Upskilling courses, performance and reward management, and learning and development programs. The course material will also provide a foundational understanding of contemporary management theory and practice, as well as a foundation for advanced study in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behavioural Science.

Why this course

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Maximise your own and others' performance levels, skills, and competencies;
  • Identify and assess suitable candidates using evaluation techniques that assess candidates' ability to work in a team and collaborate;
  • Implement fair and effective performance management and reward schemes;
  • Improve your leadership style;
  • Cultivate trust and foster positive employee relationships;
  • Increase employee motivation and engagement;
  • Create a more sustainable and equitable workspace.

Course structure

This course is designed to help you become an effective manager and leader. It will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Course Introduction & Becoming a Manager and Leader

Week 2: Getting to Know Your Team

Week 3: Managing Team Performance: Motivation, Engagement & Setting Clear Goals)

Week 4: Managing Team Performance: Conflict Resolution & Creating a Psychologically Safe Environment

Week 5: Managing Team Rewards: Performance Appraisals & Creating a Sense of Justice & Equity)

Week 6: Distributing Rewards to Team Members

Week 7: Managing Team Development: Skills Gaps, Performance Issues & Training, Learning & Development

Week 8: Implementing a Training Cycle and Overcoming Challenges

Week 9: Creating a Progressive Workplace: Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion

Week 10: Review & Preparation for Assessment

By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to effectively manage and lead a team.



  • Learning Activities (optional)

Learners will undertake multiple activities throughout the course to ensure that students understand the key concepts explored. Feedback will be provided to build knowledge, understanding, and confidence in advance of the graded assessment. 

  • Questions in Response to Case Study (100%) (optional)

Learners who choose to submit this assessment will be awarded 10 Academic Credits towards a relevant Master's degree at the University of Glasgow.


Meet The Team

This course is designed and delivered Neil Dodson.

Neil has enjoyed many roles and professions over a long and varied career. He has worked in special needs education, is a qualified paediatric audiologist, and since leaving his role as a school principal in Australia, has specialised in project management consultancy. He has also worked for the Auditor General of Western Australia. Neil is passionate about team development and has pioneered courses such as ‘Wider Opportunities for Women’ to facilitate more egalitarian workplaces. Having led many successful teams, Neil is highly focused on practical approaches based on theoretical best practice.


Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This course is designed to equip learners with skills to progress into the following roles and industries:

  • Managerial roles
  • HR Professional
  • Organisational Behavioural Science Professional

Completion of this course grants potential for:

  • Further academic study
  • Promotion
  • Increased earning potential
  • New career path

Entry requirements

It is suggested that learners on this course are educated to at least Undergraduate level and have an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. Learners will not be asked to prove their academic or professional history.