Executive Leadership: Leading From the Present

Online Short Course

From the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Develop the skills to become a more effective, self-aware leader and learn to drive performance and collaboration within your organization.
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Develop the skills to become a more effective and inclusive leader on the Executive Leadership: Leading From the Present online short course from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB). Over six weeks, you’ll explore the three key pillars of purpose, passion, and performance, as well as the concepts of conscious self-leadership and positive management. Guided by faculty experts, find out what it takes to create a more collaborative and engaged organizational culture.

You qualify for a 15% discount on this course. Use the code COACH15 when you register to claim your savings.

Who is this course for?

  • Those seeking to expand their leadership skills to become more self-aware and inspiring
  • All levels of management, including up-and-coming professionals who may be interested in moving into a leadership position
  • Recently promoted executives or upper management who are looking to set themselves apart
  • Experienced managers or specialists moving into a new hands-on leadership roles

Executive Leadership: Leading From the Present

ZAR 14,000 (South African Rands)

Course Includes:

  • 6 weeks, excluding 1 week orientation
  • 7–10 hours of self-paced learning per week, entirely online
  • No prerequisites
  • Certificate of completion
  • English
  • 15% CoachED discount coupon code: COACH15
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Module 1

The people-centric organization

Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of prioritizing people and increasing self-awareness, as you investigate how presencing could impact your life and organization.

Module 2


Discover why conscious self-leadership is vital in order to create effective organizational leadership, as well as learn to recognize the elements and implications of above-the-line leadership.

Module 3

Positive management

Unlock your strengths and areas for development as a manager, as you explore the value of integrating and implementing aspects of positive management into your leadership approach.

Module 4

Creating a purposeful organizational culture

Learn to recognize elements of a high-performance culture, as you delve deeper into the steps required for creating a more engaged, collaborative, and energetic culture within your own organization.

Module 5

Diversity, inclusion, and continuous growth

Uncover and recommend ways to enable an innovative, inclusive, and multicultural organization, as well as facilitate continuous growth and greater inclusion in your company.

Module 6

Enabling high performance

Learn to recognize the effects of stress on performance, creativity, and well-being, explore areas for improvement in your communication, and practice techniques to maintain optimal performance.

GetSmarter Linda Ronnie

Your Course Convenor

Linda Ronnie

Professor in Organisational Behaviour and People Management, School of Management Studies, University of Cape Town

Ronnie holds a PhD in education and master’s degrees in education and psychology. She was the proud recipient of the UCT Distinguished Teacher Award 2014, the winner of the inaugural Emerald Case Writing Competition, and has won several best conference paper awards. Her research focuses on two key themes: organizational behavior and people management, and the pedagogical aspects of management education. Professor Ronnie has published on key topics such as the psychological contract, the intricacies of the employer-employee relationship, diversity, and change management.


“The online experience was fantastic. I met a lot of professional people who shared their experience and put many of the concepts in real-life perspective. The knowledge I gained from the course is going to be a great value in my career further. Thank you UCT GSB, I will be back for more.”

Andre de Lange | Head of IT & Innovation, Real People Home Finance

“I found the course most valuable. Not only am I on my way to becoming a better leader in business, but I have also developed as a person. The contributions of fellow students in the discussions were most valuable. The assignment feedback was very personal and provided much insight.”

Andre Lambrechts | QA and Training Manager

“This course has surpassed my expectations by focusing on areas of leadership I haven’t been exposed to, with highly experienced lecturers with established credentials and guest lecturers with expertise in their respective fields. It’s been an incredibly helpful learning opportunity as I’ve developed strategies to enhance my leadership approach, but also to understand the impact of leadership approaches on the team, work culture, and overall organizational success. Discussions offer opportunities to learn from and network with colleagues across industries. GetSmarter offers a user-friendly online platform which is simple to navigate, and responses to queries are almost immediate.”

G. Hadebe | Manager, Scientific Research

Executive Leadership: Leading From the Present

From the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB).