Principles of Effective Leadership Course | iQ Academy

Principles of Effective Leadership Short Course

Online Distance Learning

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Effective leadership within any organisation plays a fundamental role in its success. Developing your leadership credentials will enable you to become an important asset to any management team.

Expert curriculum

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Flexible payment options

Stay connected to your tutor and other students

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  • Expert curriculum

    With current South African content

  • Study any where, any time

    Flexible for demanding lifestyles

  • Flexible payment options

    Matched to your affordability

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    Innovative online student portal

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Over 30,000 students have successfully completed courses with iQA.

Are you ready to join us? Send an enquiry and one of our Student Advisors will call you back shortly:
Step 1. Easily complete your Application over the phone.
Step 2. Be advised immediately if you are admitted to study.
Step 3. Start your registration process.

About this course

Leadership is a highly valued skill in the workplace. It enables you to provide direction and empower a team to successfully execute their roles. This transition into leadership is both challenging and rewarding. Learn the fundamental awareness to manage yourself well and to be an effective leader that produces results.

This course will equip you with essential leadership skills needed for decision-making and problem-solving in the dynamic business environment. Successful leaders communicate effectively, and this course will teach you how to meaningfully communicate with others.

Study Method

Distance learning
with textbooks and
online support

Part time

Course Duration

Minimum: 6 months

Maximum: 12 months

Study Time

4-6 hours
per week

(to complete in 6 months)

120 hours
in total

  • Study Method

    Distance learning with textbooks and online support


  • Course Duration

    Minimum: 6 months

    Maximum: 12 months

  • Study Time

    4-6 hours/week

    (to complete in 6 months)

    120 hours in total

Price and payment options

Course Fee

  • Fees include all textbooks, study guides and courier– there are no hidden costs.

Monthly Payments Options

  • R 479 p.m. x 24 months
  • Debit order


  • No registration fee, but a deposit may be required subject to affordability

Full Payment

  • R11,496
  • Direct Deposit, EFT, Ozow (iPay), Credit or Debit Card (PayGate), Karri
  • Please note that for Standard Bank customers we are an authorised beneficiary so search for iQ Academy

Admission requirements

The following minimum entrance requirements apply:

  • Grade 12 (standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years old
  • Proficient in English
  • Alternate admission is possible on basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)

What you need to enrol:

South African citizens:

  • Certified copy of Grade 12 certificate (NSC, NC, NCV (NQF Level 4))
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Students without Grade 12 are required to prove 12 months of relevant appointment

Non-South Africa citizens:

  • Copy of highest school qualification
  • Certified copy of passport
  • Certified copy of study permit

Modules in this course

  • Module 1: Self-Awareness
  • Module 2: Communication
  • Module 3: Problem Solving, Decision-Making and Conflict Management
  • Module 4: Leadership Development in the Modern Society
  • Module 5: Motivation and Group Dynamics
  • Module 6: Diversity and Ethics


  • Students are required to complete and submit one assessment per module, either online on iCan using a computer, tablet or smartphone, or via email.
  • The pass mark for each assessment is 50% unless stated otherwise within the assessment instructions
  • There are no written examinations for this course

Next Intake Dates

Jul 2020 Sep 2020 Nov 2020
Start Date 20 Jul 21 Sep 23 Nov
Payment Date 06 Jul 07 Sep 05  Nov

Exciting career opportunities

Although many jobs require a varying level of leadership skills, those most earmarked for leadership skills involve managerial positions, such as:

  • General Management
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Junior and Senior Managers
  • Project Manager
  • Small Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs

Ready to take the next step?

Submit an Enquiry and a friendly student advisor will call you back soon!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short course?

A Short Course is a short learning programme focused on equipping you with a specific skill set. It is designed to complement the demanding lifestyle by offering flexible learning with access to tutor support. Assessment is done through the submission of assignments and there are no exams.

However, the short course is not a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and does not carry credits towards any other qualification.

Do I need to be online all the time to study?

No, most of your study materials will be sent to you via courier. Your pack contains a Course Guide and a Course Textbook. The student portal, iCan contains all the course material i.e. an ebook version of your Course Textbook as well as a pdf for downloading. Your compulsory assessments are available on iCan for download.

How do I get academic support?

A dedicated tutor is available online to provide support and assistance. They can answer your questions via iCan messages or the discussion forums. Your tutor can also be contacted by email or telephone.

How do I submit assignments?

Students have the following options for submitting assignments/assessments:

  1. iCan Student Portal:
    Upload assignment on iCan
  1. Email Submissions:
  2. Fax:
  3. Posting to IQ Academy:
    IQ Academy
    Private Bag X6

What do I get after I complete this course?

Once you complete your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate of Competence.

To qualify for a Certificate, you have to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Send a clear copy of your ID document
    or fax: 086-758-4800

When will I get my certificate?

  • It takes up to 14 working days for us to print certificates and package them for posting.
  • Certificates are posted through registered mail.
  • We SMS the SA Post Office tracking number to you.
  • You can also have your certificate couriered to you at R150 cost. This will be an overnight express.

Why should I visit iCan?

The availability of your course materials on iCan offers convenience and flexibility. You can study when you want to, and you can study wherever or whenever you have your phone with you. In addition, iCan has multiple activities, discussion forums and quizzes to aid your learning. Participating on iCan will also help you to improve your digital literacy skills which you will need in the workplace.

I am not good with I.T. things or very technical. can I still do the course?

Yes. You do not need to be an expert in IT, however, it is recommended that you have the basic skills to use the internet (to navigate a website, fill in online forms, send/receive emails) and to use a computer or phone. You should have headphones to hear the audio on your computer or phone.

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