This course focuses on the concept of purpose driven leadership originating in the Harvard Business School with a distinct focus on SMEs.


This course will give particpants both the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader with impact in the context of the SME sector.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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In a time of extraordinary uncertainty and exceptional turbulence, the pace of change is bringing new and serious levels of confusion and stress for the leaders of businesses both small and large.

This course focuses on the concept of purpose driven leadership originating in the Harvard Business School with a distinct focus on SMEs (small to medium- sized enterprises) and how to improve business impact and growth.

Participants will:

  • Explore leadership purpose for professional and personal impact.
  • Understand the skillset required to navigate the challenges of leading today.
  • See an improvement in professional and personal leadership ability and confidence.
  • Learn from successful local leaders who have successfully grown their business.
  • Engage in professional development action planning for their business.

Professor Karise Hutchinson is author of "Leadership Development for Small Businesses: The Power of Storytelling" and an affiliate member of the Core Leadership Institute in Harvard. As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, she uses her passion and experience of working with SME business leaders for over 15 years as well as her track record of teaching Masters and MBA level to bring new knowledge and skills to the leaders of SMEs in Northern Ireland.

Day 1: Leading today

  • Understanding the challenges of leading on local and global level.
  • Exploring the correlation between leadership capability and performance.

Day 2: Purpose driven leadership and growth

  • Connecting with the why of leading your business.
  • Harnessing the power of storytelling.

Day 3: Learning to lead

  • Learning from leaders who have grown their business from start-up to success.
  • Engaging in 'whitespace' and planning for impact.

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PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% Coursework - A final report reflecting on learning and planning for the future.


This course requires attendance on three individual days from 9.30am – 4.30pm on:

15 February 2019
15 March 2019
12 April 2019

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a first degree (in any subject area) and three years of relevant work experience. Applications are welcome from those who have equivalent professional qualifications or significant management or leadership experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 15 February 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 15 February 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Ulster University Business School

Department of Global Business and Enterprise