Centre for Continuing Education

Advanced Management Course

Management. Lift your career and your organisation.

Learn Management the smart way with Management courses at the University of Sydney.


A focus on management of the self, other people, and resources is important, though development of the skills and qualities associated with leadership is crucial. We will achieve this through an analysis of our own operating style and career drivers, and broaden this understanding to include the way we successfully manage others.

This course aims to develop and enhance the management and leadership skills of the experienced manager with a unique blend of theory and practical advice.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply self-leadership to management practice.
  2. Analyse and identify their preferred interpersonal style in order to better manage themselves and others.
  3. Define their own leadership style and the impact they have on others.
  4. Define and describe the differences between coaching, mentoring and supervision.
  5. Apply and practice coaching as a management tool.
  6. Describe how to motivate themselves and others.
  7. Define and discuss leading successful change.
  8. Explain and employ forward planning for continued development.


This course covers the following content:

  • Definition of the various management styles and capabilities, and their impact. Various tools will be used to help participants map their personal capabilities, preferences, work styles and goals.
  • Introduction to the different models of coaching for managers. Discussion of how each model can be used for performance and motivation. Emphasis on how the coaching process strengthens commitment and accountability.
  • Coaching techniques – participants will have the opportunity to practice these techniques.
  • Review of the differences between coaching, mentoring and supervision, with discussion of how all methods can be combined andemployed successfully.
  • Models of change management.
  • Strategies to embed change effectively.
  • Essential ingredients for motivation – how can people exercise more discretionary effort in their roles?
  • The concept of career awareness – analysis of personal career drivers and anchors.
  • Discussion and implementation of a unique career-planning model. We will set personal and professional goals, a performance plan, and strategies to support continuous learning.

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for experienced managers and those who may have recently been promoted to a middle management role.

Delivery Style

Participants will learn through a variety of methods including:

  • Pre and post course readings (with links to relevant video presentations)
  • Group discussion and small group work
  • Video resources
  • Case studies
  • Coaching activity – participants will experience a coaching conversation.

Recommended Reading

Blanchard, K. 2004, Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Harper Collins, London.

Buckingham, M. & Clifton, D. 2002, Now, Discover Your Strengths, Simon & Schuster, NY.

Cole, K. 2005, Management: Theory and Practice, Prentice Hall, Sydney.

Covey, S. 1990, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon & Schuster, NY.

Drucker, P. 1994, Managing for Results.

Goleman, D. 1996, Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Harvard Business Review, 2017, Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook, Harvard Business Review Press, US.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion