Melbourne MicroCert

Leading Teams

Enhance your understanding and application of leadership to become a confident, effective and responsible leader who inspires change.

Study mode
4 weeks (42 hours) inclusive of guided learning, private study and assessment
Skills area
Managing Teams

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


Now, possibly more than ever, creativity, leadership, and critical thinking skills are essential in the workplace. As the fabric of our society continues to change, leadership through clear thinking, communications, and decision-making will be even more important, with organisations across numerous sectors requiring those who can lead in times of flux.

Leading Teams, which is part of the Managing Teams series comprising four skills-based Melbourne MicroCerts, focuses on team dynamics, biases, diversity and decision-making. It also explores team conflict mitigation, team effectiveness, and motivation.

Developed in consultation with leading professional services organisations, major business stakeholder organisations, and human resource management and organisational development practitioners, Leading Teams features contemporary, industry-aligned and research-led curriculum that will equip you with leadership skills applicable to challenges and opportunities unique to the Asia-Pacific region.

Leading Teams is a highly flexible course delivered entirely online over four weeks, from commencement to final assessment.

Who is it for?

Leading Teams is designed for a diverse range of early-career professionals seeking to develop their leadership ability and knowledge. This includes emerging leaders and those seeking to enhance their leadership capabilities to complement their technical knowledge and expertise, and to advance into more senior leadership positions.

It is suited to people from a broad range of sectors, including professional and business services, manufacturing, health, NGOs, education, hospitality and aviation. It 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

In this Melbourne MicroCert you will develop your ability to recognise and address team dynamics and learn actionable strategies to manage biases, diversity and processes for effective decision-making. You will also develop competencies in team conflict mitigation, team effectiveness, and motivational techniques.

Topics include:

  • Psychological safety - Learners will recognizing the benefits of a ‘fearless’ team culture that encourages members to speak candidly, question, learn, and experiment, and will critically assess and creatively develop leadership practices that foster psychological safety in teams. They will also develop skills for diagnosing the influence of member characteristics and cultural context and psychological safety.
  • Sharing leadership - Learners will understand how sharing leadership responsibilities among team members elevates accountability, trust, and professional growth, and plan and evaluate team interventions that foster shared leadership.

Developed in consultation with industry figures and by academic experts, curriculum is based on real world needs to ensure you complete the course with highly applicable skills and knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of Leading Teams, you will have enhanced capacity to lead others. You will be able to:

  • Analyse and explain causes and consequences of challenging team dynamics, drawing on theories and evidence on psychological safety and shared leadership
  • Evaluate suitable team leadership practices based on considerations of team task, members characteristics, and cultural context
  • Formulate and justify a plan for integrating evidence-based team leadership practices in the workplace.

Learning experience

Taught by leading experts, this highly flexible Melbourne MicroCert includes a combination of online lectures, skills development exercises, case studies and scenarios, contemporary readings and resources, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on workplace interventions and takeaways.

Who will you learn from?

Professor Peter Gahan researches labour markets, the changing nature of jobs and how workplaces are regulated and managed. His research has been used by policy makers and organisations across Australia over the last three decades, including commissioned reports for all state and commonwealth governments in Australia. As Foundation Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership, Professor Gahan has also sought to find new ways to make academic research relevant for organisations and governments.

Professor Simon Bell researches how firms can become more effective organisations by engaging with customers more meaningfully. With a focus on academically rigorous research for real-world problems in industry, government and not for profit organisations, he has worked extensively with industry in a research, consulting and executive education capacity, including with PWC, Honda, Royal Mail, Rolls Royce, Agricultural Bank of China, and IBM.

Associate Professor Tangerine Holt is passionate about building capacity, skills development, and leadership capability. She has 20-plus years tertiary education and industry experience in academic and senior leadership positions with a proven track record for building quality programs that transform people and organisations globally. She has achieved key successes for KPMG; the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Monash University and the University of Louisville, Kentucky.


This Melbourne MicroCert is taught over a four-week period with guided learning, private study (self-directed learning), including participation in discussion forums, assigned readings and completion of assessment tasks. During the teaching and learning period, you can expect to dedicate an estimated total of 34 – 42 hours comprising guided learning and individual or group-based experiential tasks and study. You will also have at least one Zoom meeting with your tutor.

Assessment will include:

  • A summative analysis of all topics incorporating a critical evaluation of personal-professional practice (60%)
  • 2 x written assessments articulating learned modules and evaluating personal-professional practice (30%)
  • Discussion participation and webinar attendance (10%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Leading Teams Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable leadership skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Pathways to further study

Leading Teams can be taken as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Managing Teams series, in whatever order you choose.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in the Managing Teams series include:

Leading Teams is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the proposed Master of Professional Management, which will be aligned to the accreditation standards of the Australian Human Resources Institute and Society for Human Resource Management certification.

To use Leading Teams in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Managing Teams series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards the proposed Master of Professional Management.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert does not have a set expiry date.

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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