Melbourne MicroCert

Leading Change

Become a supportive and effective leader of organisational change

Study mode
4 weeks (42.5 hours)
Skills area
Adaptive Leadership

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


Organisational change relies on strong leadership and engagement across the organisation through a healthy workplace culture. From Lewin’s three-step model and Kotter’s eight-step model to systems models of change, various organisational change models identify the central role of leadership both in designing and implementing effective change processes.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the role of leaders in initiating and supporting organisation-wide change. Centering on the notion of adaptive leadership, you will explore key aspects including communication with employees, consultation with internal and external stakeholders, identifying and addressing barriers, anticipating consequences that undermine change and its purpose, and embedding change outcomes in new organisation routines and capabilities.

You will gain the skills and habits to promote a positive workplace culture and foster productive organisation by designing and implementing effective change processes.

Who is it for?

Leading Change is designed for a diverse range of professionals, seeking to develop their leadership ability and knowledge. You might be an emerging leader, seeking to enhance your leadership capabilities to complement technical knowledge and expertise, or someone wanting to advance into more senior leadership positions across any sector or organisation.

The course is also suited more broadly to anyone wanting to build their competence, capability and confidence as they progress through various career stages and job changes.

Key topics

Developed by academic experts, this MicroCert focuses on two facets of leading change across the organisation:

  • Leading people and change – foundational theories connecting leadership to change, including transformational leadership, with a focus on creating a supportive climate of change
  • Leading organisational change – exploring core models of change that inform contemporary understandings of leading organisational change, along with organisational systems and capabilities associated with effective change.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Leading Change, you will be able to:

  • Explore models of leadership that support effective individuals and teams to adapt routines and behaviours that align with anticipated change outcomes
  • Critically evaluate models of change and their implications for planning and implementing effective change processes
  • Apply approaches of analysing organisational systems and capabilities to generate interventions that support organisational change and transformation
  • Reflect upon strategies that may assist in overcoming barriers to internal organisational change, including leading and managing through disruptive events and crises.

Learning experience

Taught by leading experts, this highly flexible Melbourne MicroCert includes synchronous engagement and support, interactive learning tasks, and self-paced study. Live webinars, online lectures, skills development exercises, case studies and scenarios, contemporary readings and resources, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on workplace interventions and takeaways all feature to provide a rich and effective learning experience.

Who will you learn from?

Dr. Erica Coslor is a Senior Lecturer in management, with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She currently teaches Strategic Management, along with People and Change. During her PhD, she worked as a GIS consultant in land conservation and consulted for market research in arts management. Her research interests include flexible and cross-disciplinary work, emerging industries, and market categories.


This MicroCert is taught over four weeks, comprising approximately nine hours guided learning, 13.5 hours private study, (including discussion forums and readings), and 20 hours for assessment tasks. Assessment includes:

  • A leadership development activity (60%)
  • Short-answer questions to assess your leadership style (30%)
  • Discussion forum and webinar participation (10%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Leading Change Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable leadership skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Links to industry

Leading Change and the Leadership suite has been developed in consultation with leading professional services organisations, major business stakeholder organisations, and human resource management and organisational development practitioners. It features contemporary, industry-aligned and research-led curriculum to equip you with leadership skills applicable to the unique challenges and opportunities in Australia and globally. It is aligned with the accreditation criteria for Australian Human Resource Institute accreditation and the Society for Human Resource Management certification.

Pathways to further study

Leading Change is part of the Adaptive Leadership series. It is also part of the Leadership suite, which comprises the Adaptive Leadership series and the Managing Teams series. Managing Teams focuses on leading teams in a context of digital transformation and dynamic competitive environments. Both series provide a pathway to the Master of Professional Management.

You can take Leading Change as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert or complement it with any other MicroCert in the Leadership suite, in whatever order you choose.

To use Leading Change or any other MicroCert in the Leadership suite in this way, you need to complete four MicroCerts from the Leadership suite, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit once admitted into the Master of Professional Management.

Leadership suite

Adaptive Leadership series:

Managing Teams series:

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert is expected to expire after five years.

Eligibility requirements

There are no eligibility requirements.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

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