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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Course start dates

  • 24 July 2024
  • 9 October 2024

Who should attend?

Future-focused current and aspiring business leaders
who want to pioneer meaningful change in any context


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.



Equipping business leaders with strategies to lead with impact in a rapidly changing context

The Leading Sustainability: High Impact Leadership addresses the need for future-focused leadership training and development, by exposing you to new perspectives, knowledge and tools to maximise your personal leadership skills. You'll gain an approach to leadership that underpins its value in delivering meaningful outcomes across any business and industry.

The Leading Sustainability: High Impact leadership online course is designed for business leaders who want to take their leadership skills to the next level and pioneer sustainable change within their organisations. It's also suited to sustainability practitioners, and those working in related fields, who want to develop their leadership skills to progress their career.

Gain the skills and confidence to lead with impact in a sustainable way. You'll also be equipped with tools and resources to support you in your sustainable leadership journey.


An online executive education that sets you apart

Gain valuable and relevant skills, and walk away with:

  • High impact leadership capabilities: Analyse the values, thinking, and business practices that need to be developed to be a high impact leader.
  • Communication skills for influence: Create an effective approach to communications and stakeholder engagement to drive high impact change.
  • A certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership as validation of your newfound high impact leadership knowledge and skills. 

Find our more about our tutor-guided online leadership course.


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.

Equip yourself with the values and practices to lead with impact in any business context.


Study high impact leadership and learn how leadership challenges affect your organisation

Through a series of eight online modules, you'll explore how becoming a high impact leader can empower you to implement leadership and sustainability strategies and drive positive change. You'll develop an understanding of the key leadership skills needed to champion sustainable development and address sustainability challenges that are exacerbated in an environment of heightened volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.


Module 1: High impact leadership and its importance

Module 2: Exploring the context for leadership

Module 3: What does high impact leadership look like?

Module 4: The future we want, the leadership we need

Module 5: High impact leadership capabilities

Module 6: Communicating for influence

Module 7: Developing the mindset and skills for innovation

Module 8: Rewiring your leadership to achieve your goal


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Delivered in Collaboration with GetSmarter

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to provide an interactive and supported online learning experience.

Enter your information below to learn more about the Cambridge Leading Sustainability: High Impact Leadership online short course, including receiving the course prospectus from GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc.


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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.


“As an aspirational leader, I have searched for new and broader insights about what modern leadership should look like. The content covered every important aspect and inspired me deeply to evolve and progress my leadership style to become a high impact leader and initiate change.”

Martin Vogl, Product Coordinator of New Car Sales Region Europe, AUDI AG

“This course really helped me challenge my thinking, understand my leadership style, and made me question the best way to do things moving forward. Everyone taking part was open and transparent about their styles, their strengths, and where they wanted to develop.”

Emilie Kelly, Senior Leadership and Change Consultant, The Leadership Factory