Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership

Graduate diploma is a qualification at level 8 in Australian qualification framework. Bachelor Degree is level 7 and Masters Degree is level 9 and Doctoral Degree are level 10.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply advanced knowledge and skills in a range of strategic leadership and management roles. Individuals at this level make high level autonomous decisions and use initiative and judgement to plan and implement a range of leadership and management functions in varied contexts. They have full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and for the work or function of others. They use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems.

This course is delivered over 12 months and up to 18 months for completion.

This qualification consists of the following 8 units

BSBLDR811 – Lead strategic transformation

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse and lead organisational transformation and learning for strategic outcomes. It covers leading transformational practices, cultivating collaborative practices, completing ongoing professional development and providing strategic leadership in a dynamic context.

The unit applies to those who use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems. They use communication skills to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer knowledge and ideas to others.

BSBSTR802 – Lead strategic planning processes for an organisation

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead the development of high-level strategic plans that serve the vision and mission of an organisation. It addresses analysing the environment, identifying risks and opportunities, planning staffing requirements, succession planning, and establishing and monitoring financial and non-financial performance indicators. Leadership skills are applied in order to engage people with the organisation’s vision and goals and in developing and implementing the plan.

The unit applies to senior managers and business owners who use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems. They use communication skills to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer knowledge and ideas to others.

BSBLDR812 – Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish collaborative partnerships and relationships with business and industry stakeholders. This unit covers communicating to influence others, cultivating new and existing partnerships, establishing positive collaborative relationships, leading the establishment of a partnership program and establishing reporting mechanisms.

The unit applies to people who use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems. They use communication skills to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer knowledge and ideas to others.

BSBLDR813 – Lead and influence ethical practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply ethical leadership and take responsibility for influencing ethical practice. It addresses establishing ethical standards, applying ethical practice into the organisation’s culture and processes and promoting ethical leadership and decision making at all levels of the organisation.

The unit applies to people who use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems. They use communication skills to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer knowledge and ideas to others.

BSBSTR801 – Lead innovative thinking and practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate, lead and sustain innovative organisational thinking and practice.

The unit applies to individuals who initiate and lead innovation in any industry or community context. Each organisation’s thinking and practice will be different depending on its core business, purpose, size, complexity and broader operating context.

BSBSTR803 – Establish business continuity management strategies

This unit describes skills and knowledge required to establish, monitor and review the business continuity management framework and strategies for an organisation.

The unit applies to individuals working in positions of authority who have the responsibility for embedding business continuity management into corporate or organisational levels of a business.

BSBPMG810 – Prioritise projects and programs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prioritise projects and programs within a portfolio. It covers the identification, strategic alignment and setting of priorities at the portfolio level.

A portfolio is the centralised management of one or more portfolios of projects, which includes identifying, prioritising, authorising, managing and controlling projects, programs and other related work, to achieve specific strategic business objectives.

The unit applies to individuals who operate at the strategic level within the organisation. Unlike projects or programs, a portfolio does not have a finite life, instead it is a continuous process and requires regular tending to ensure the portfolio remains in balance and is consistent with the strategic objectives of the organisation.

BSBFIN801 – Lead financial strategy development

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead the development of financial strategy for an organisation or work area. It covers the use and interpretation of financial information to support business decision making, analysis and enterprise planning. The unit includes the forecasting of future financial requirements and development of business targets in compliance with financial projections.

The unit applies to senior management, including strategic business analysts and executive managers, who use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse and generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems.

Modes of Delivery

The program offers a mixed learning model. The learning activities includes: scenarios, case studies, role plays, online practice tools, group discussions and projects, practical demonstrations, reflective journals, and simulations of real-life job task and will be self-directed learning. Learners will be completing modules online.

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who: Have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification in related fields of study and 3 years equivalent full-time relevant workplace experience at a significant level of leadership and management responsibility and/or complexity in an enterprise.

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Have completed a Bachelor degree in related fields of study and 2 years equivalent full-time relevant workplace experience at a significant level of leadership and management responsibility and/or complexity in an enterprise.

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Have five years equivalent full-time relevant workplace experience at a significant level of leadership and management responsibility and/or complexity in an enterprise.

Employment Pathways

The possible future employment  may include:

  • General Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director