Online course

Leading Teams for Impact

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Course Information

Course information

Student rating 9.2/10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



Optional extra

GVI Program Abroad



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Course introduction

You know you have what it takes to be a leader. But you need a chance to prove it. How do you get that opportunity?

Complete GVI’s Leading Teams for Impact online course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, to earn your first team leadership role. Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Study theoretical leadership concepts and earn a certificate demonstrating your mastery.

Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set objectives a team can reliably achieve, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. You will delve into the stages of team development and the roles and responsibilities of a team leader. You will also learn about the responsibilities of a team leader and find out how to define risk and conduct a risk assessment.

This course is included in the program fee of all our internship abroad programs.

Is this course for you?

This team leader course is for anyone who’s interested in starting out as a leader, from high school students to mid-level professionals. This course is ideal for those who’ve never led a team and are looking to build their confidence in doing so.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

Certification signature

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

In this course, which is offered in partnership with Richmond University, you’ll reflect on the behaviours displayed by effective team leaders. You’ll identify your own leadership style and learn strategies for resilience. Learn to use Belbin’s theoretical model of team roles to understand and bring out the best in your team.

Find out what stage of a team’s development is at using Tuckman’s stages. You then go on to learn how to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) objectives for a team. Next, you’ll learn how to give feedback effectively and manage conflict in a team.

You’ll also learn about the responsibilities of a team leader on this online course. Find out how to define risk and conduct a risk assessment and learn about the importance of providing support for your team. The course explores caring for your team as well as self-care for leaders.

Course curriculum

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Team Leading

Module 2: Planning and Setting Team Goals

Module 3: Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment

Module 4: Presenting and Communicating With Your Team

Module 5: Performing and Developing a Leadership Style

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Reduced inequalities


Peace, justice and strong institutions


Partnerships for the goals


Decent work and economic growth

Meet your course expert

Jill Walker
Jill Walker
GVI Director of Operations

Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

Cheryl Martin
Cheryl Martin
GVI Regional Director of Asia

Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.