Learning to Lead
SQA Leadership Award
This award is designed to enhance your knowledge of leadership styles, skills and qualities by finding out about different leaders. You will be able to compare different styles of leadership and consider their effectiveness. The knowledge you will gain will help you to reflect on your own skills, qualities and experience in relation to leadership. The award is also designed to allow you to develop your potential for leadership by giving you the opportunity to take a leading role in an activity.
To gain the award you must successfully complete:
Leadership: An Introduction (Higher) (SCQF level 6) 20 hours
Leadership in Practice (Higher) (SCQF level 6) 40 hours
In the Unit Leadership: An Introduction you will be able to think about your potential for taking on a leadership role. You will gather information about leadership principles, styles, skills and qualities used both in the past and at present. Examples may be drawn from well known historical events, current political or other high profile individuals in the media or from your local community. These different examples may help inform your views about what makes an effective leader. You will think about your own qualities, skills and experience in relation to leadership. This reflection on your own leadership potential may help you to think about styles of leadership you may wish to adopt in leadership roles.
In the Unit Leadership in Practice you will be able to further develop your potential for leadership. You will be given the opportunity to lead the planning for an activity. This activity may be a stand alone activity or it may be part of a bigger project. You will lead others to carry out the plan. On completion of the activity you will have time to reflect on its success and consider carefully the contribution you made to this. You will also reflect on what you have learned about yourself as leader.
Throughout each of the above Units you will be expected to work largely without guidance from your tutor but you may use your tutor as a sounding board for ideas you may have.
To complete the Award successfully you must show that you have thought about and completed a number of steps that will enable you to develop both your knowledge of and abilities in leadership. As a result of completing this Award you will be better prepared for undertaking a leadership role, whether this is in the workplace, education or within the voluntary sector.
You will do this by completing assessment activities which could include:
- researching the principles skills, styles, qualities of leadership and the effectiveness of different leaders
- producing a report based on your research
- evaluating your own potential for leadership
- leading the planning and carrying out of an activity role play
- drawing conclusions about your own effectiveness as a leader