Leadership and management

CMI Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership

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Tailored to you

Your context and personality are intrinsic to your leadership style. On the level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership, learning is applied to you as an individual, your mentor challenging you to reasess your perspectives and approaches to leadership.

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 our forum and online chat sessions. This is underpinned by a five factor personality profile and a personal leadership development plan.

Access to a community

Our virtual learning environment allows you to collaborate and share thoughts with other leaders through online chat sessions and our exclusive community forum.

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

Your mentor is also an experienced senior leader, who can share with you valuable personal experiences as well as established knowledge.

Stress-free professional recognition

Perhaps you have considered a professional programme before, but have decided you don’t have the time. Our level 8 CMI programme is designed to suit the lifestyle of a senior leader, meaning your professional development fits perfectly around your busy schedule.

Best of all, there are no exams. Instead, 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.

CMI Level 8 Strategic Direction and Leadership Course Details

Programme format

The level 8 CMI programme is delivered through our innovative virtual learning environment, BabingtonOnline. The programme includes:

  • Personal leadership mentor
  • Five-factor personality profiling
  • Development of personal leadership development plan
  • 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
  • Automatic progress tracking
  • Suggested reading
  • Online submission of assessment materials

Assessment Type

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

Course Length

The course will usually take between six and eighteen months to complete, depending on your chosen qualification level and pace of study.


  • Considerable experience in a senior leadership role
  • In, or aiming towards, a role that involves leadership of a group of organisations, or a whole sector
  • Satisfactory discussion with a course mentor that demonstrates your ability to complete a level 8 qualification


Certificate = two of the following units
Diploma = six of the following units

  • Managerial styles and behaviours
  • Managing stakeholders’ expectations
  • Understanding organisational culture, values and behaviour
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Management report writing
  • Management and leadership influencing skills
  • Managing interviews
  • Promoting equality and diversity
  • Staff inspection review

At Diploma level, you will also have the option to study the following units:

  • Being a leader
  • Introduction to management coaching and mentoring

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Why gain a CMI leadership qualification?

Professional recognition

  • Over 80% of managers CMI spoke to said that a CMI qualification is a key part of becoming a professional manager

Increase employee morale and engagement

  • 70% of employees in the UK do not trust their managers (Engage for Success, 2013)
  • The UK has 6% lower average engagement levels than other large economies (Kennexa, 2011)

Set yourself apart from other leaders by learning how to lead a highly engaged, productive organisation.

Distance learning: a course that works around your schedule.

Enter your details and we’ll get in touch, or give us a call on
01332 613 688

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