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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Course start dates

  • 7 February 2024
  • 24 April 2024

Who should attend?

Existing and aspiring leaders looking to develop effective communication skills to influence stakeholders.


The course is applicable to any business or industry




Online, tutor-assisted


8 weeks online, 8–10 hours per week


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CISL's courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. This link will take you to the GetSmarter Website.


Companies across all industries need leaders who can leverage communication to better meet business objectives, influence stakeholders and drive positive change.

The Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course provides a comprehensive understanding of how to communicate effectively using a range of tools and practical insights. Gain insight into how to embed purpose in your organisation using impactful communication, storytelling and other techniques to overcome barriers and influence change. 

Develop your communication skills to influence meaningful change within and beyond your network.


An online education that sets you apart

Gain valuable and relevant skills that will enable you to:

  • Communicate persuasively and effectively with stakeholders to achieve meaningful change
  • Inspire and motivate others to drive innovation and sustainability at a systems level
  • Collaborate with professionals around the world and become a member of the CISL global alumni network


CPD certified

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.



Learn to lead in a changing world

This University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership online short course is delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter.

Join over 24,000 students globally who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online and in your own time.  
  • Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience that consistently achieves over 90 per cent course certification rate.
  • Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.



Study Communicating for Influence and Impact and learn how to influence stakeholders and drive positive change.

Module 1 The need for impactful communication 

Gain insight into the critical role of communication to create positive change in a volatile, uncertain and increasingly complex world.

Module 2 The role of communication in shaping society

Understand how communication can be used to build more inclusive communities. 

Module 3 Attributes of an effective communicator

Explore the attributes that contribute to becoming an effective influencer.

Module 4 Communicate effectively using listening and storytelling

Examine different communication approaches and techniques. 

Module 5 Purpose-driven communication and influence

Learn how embedding and cultivating a purpose driven organisational culture can affect change within an organisation.

Module 6 Influence change within and beyond your network

Explore how communication can be used to influence change, infuse confidence, and overcome barriers.  

Module 7 Collaborating to achieve impact

Gain insight into how to achieve cooperation with stakeholders through effective communication.

Module 8 Maximising your influence and impact

Reflect on your Personal Impact Plan and create a network of peers.

Find out more about our tutor-guided Communicating for Influence and Impact online course.


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CISL’s online courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. These links will take you to the Get Smarter website.


“This course equips you with hands-on tools and techniques to communicate confidently and effectively in real-life scenarios. I was able to apply what I’ve learned on the course almost immediately with some truly amazing results. You will also become part of a community of students from all over the world and all walks of life. It was a game-changer for me, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to communicate with more confidence in a variety of contexts.”

Mikolaj Szajna, Localisation Programme Manager, Fastly

 “At a time of increasing global uncertainty, it has never been more relevant to consolidate a communication skill set and strategies to lead with influence and impact. The Cambridge course has surpassed all expectations and was delivered through a dynamic and highly engaging approach that not only established a strong level of foundational knowledge but enabled innovative applications and outcomes for our diverse cohort.”

Bridget Wilkins, Director of Community Engagement, Built-ID