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Your CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership qualification will include:

Blended Learning


  • On-demand digital content
  • Personalised learning
  • Online and in-person engagement


  • Bespoke learning materials
  • Purpose built learning platform
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  • Dedicated leadership mentor
  • Get support via telephone and email

CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership qualification

Your context and personality are intrinsic to your leadership style. On the CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership qualification, learning is applied to you as an individual. Your mentor challenges you to reassess your perspective and approach to leadership.

Your mentor is also an experienced senior leader, who can share with you valuable personal experiences as well as established knowledge. Throughout the programme, you have the opportunity to reflect on your leadership development journey, capturing your experiences and observations in a blog, and sharing them with your mentor and other leaders through forum and online chat sessions. This is underpinned by a five-factor personality profile and a personal leadership development plan.

Access to a leadership community

Build on your strengths and address your weaknesses in a strong, supportive environment. Discussions with your peers offer you unique insight into other leadership perspectives, so you can share and explore your own leadership in a way you never have before.

Stress-free professional recognition

Perhaps you have considered a professional programme before, but have decided you don’t have the time. Our CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership programme is designed to suit the lifestyle of a senior leader, meaning your professional development fits perfectly around your busy schedule. We assess your progress in a way that better reflects your role, through self-reflective activities and discussions that allow you to express your thoughts and knowledge at your own pace.

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CEO, Group CEO, Director, Chair, COO, CFO, and other high-level strategic roles.

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Online learning

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Online: Flexible start

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Award: 3 – 4 months
Certificate: 12 – 15 months
Diploma: 15 – 21 months

CMI Level 8 Award

The CMI Level 8 Award helps you to address the various elements of self-development a strategic leader and its organisation needs to take in order to be able to adapt to new changes or move in a new direction.

CMI Level 8 Certificate

The CMI Level 8 Certificate looks at how as a strategic leader you and your organisation can create collective strategies to aid the new direction of the organisation.

CMI Level 8 Diploma

The CMI Level 8 Diploma offers a wider breadth of knowledge, equipping you to use dialogue to open negotiations that aid strategic alignment with mutually beneficial partnerships. The Diploma considers how as a leader, you can change the nature of your organisation and look to influence external factors to achieve your aims.

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CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership qualification overview

  • What you will learn

    The Award contains the following unit:

    • 8002: Collective strategy development

    The Certificate contains the following units:

    • 8001: Personal development as a strategic leader
    • 8002: Collective strategy development

    The Diploma contains the following units:

    • 8001: Personal development as a strategic leader
    • 8002: Collective strategy development
    • 8003: Inter-organisational strategic planning
    • 8004: Inter-organisational strategic direction
    • 8005: Strategic communication
    • 8006: Strategic culture

  • What's included

    • Personal leadership mentor
    • 24/7 Access to BabingtonOnline (unit dependent)
    • Five-factor personality profiling
    • Personal leadership development blog
    • Access to exclusive leadership community forum
    • Regular online chat sessions with other leaders
    • Regular one-to-ones with your mentor
    • Video insights from your mentor
    • Suggested reading
    • Online submission of assessment materials

  • Assessment

    • Professional discussions and reflective blogging on a range of leadership topics
    • Time-constrained scenario-based assessments

  • Prerequisites

    Considerable experience in a senior strategic leadership role and/or proof of ability to complete a level 8 qualification such as a masters or postgraduate degree.
  • Progression

    Upon successfully completing a CMI Level 8 qualification, you can either progress to other qualifications at Level 8, such as Certificate or Diploma or apply for Chartered Manager Status with our support after completing the CMI Level 8 Diploma.
  • Career path

    After achieving a CMI Level 8 qualification you can look to progress into a range of opportunities such an Executive Board Member, CEO, CFO, COO etc.
  • Payment

    Please contact an adviser for further information on course prices, CMI membership and additional costs.
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