Leadership Communication

Learn how to convey your ideas in ways that drive effective decision-making and action. Practice with online simulations.

Course overview



43 online lessons

Digital certificate

7 simulations

4 hours to complete

Course outcomes

Apply leadership and communication techniques to drive business success and become a more effective leader

Implement best practices for influencing employees, managers, subordinates, customers and other stakeholders

Effectively handle challenges such as delivering unpopular news, increasing team motivation and restoring credibility

Communicate confidently in any environment, from elevator pitches to high stakes presentations that earn buy-in and cooperation

Deliver powerful messages that lead to action and that control emotions when facing resistance

Sell your organization's vision, mission and values to your team members

Communication skills are essential for leadership

As your responsibilities grow, your communication skills can either help you or hinder you. In this leadership course, you'll learn the best tools and techniques used by successful managers all over the world. You’ll then have the opportunity to put these skills into practice and build on your strengths in realistic virtual reality environments.

From boardroom pitches to networking events and conference talks, this course will help you become more persuasive and influential in a variety of settings. By the end of this leadership course, you'll return to your role as a more confident communicator with a solid understanding of why and how to shift between communication types and lead your team to success.

The online simulations allow you to test out new approaches and communication styles in a safe space, without fear of judgement or consequences. You’ll receive instant feedback on your performance and can repeat the simulations as often as you like until you speak with clarity and conviction, and feel comfortable acting on your skills in the real world.

You'll finish the course with the skills you need to engage, inform and inspire others, and improve your ability to communicate like a top leader.

Online learning, done differently

This course combines online learning with online simulations for a unique, effective learning approach. At certain points throughout this Leadership Communication course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt the online simulations.

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Learn in online classes

Complete a series of videos, quizzes and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.


Practice in simulations

Leadership communication is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve. With online simulations you can improve your skills 4x faster than with e-learning alone.


Improve with feedback

Become the best leader you can be by identifying your strengths and areas for improvement with instant, real-time feedback on your performance.

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Course curriculum

  • An introduction to the course and the online simulations. We explain how to make the most of the online classes and build confidence through realistic practice in the online simulations.
  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome
  • Simulations
  • This section explores what leadership communication is and why it's so important for leaders and organizations. You'll complete a Myers-Briggs assessment to understand your communication style.
  • What is leadership communication?
  • Importance of communication
  • Understanding your communication style
  • Four types of leadership communicators
  • What a leaders message does: the four I's
  • Connect with your audience through rapport building and understanding. Learn how to assess the organization's receptiveness to communication and how to engage employees effectively to build trust and credibility.
  • Assessing the organizational communications climate
  • Understanding your audience and connecting
  • Listening skills and active listening
  • Gaining trust and credibility
  • Getting feedback from employees
  • Simulations: Building rapport at a networking event
  • Much of the impact we have on an audience comes from nonverbal communication. Learn how to use body language, eye contact, emotions, passion and more, as well as your voice, to achieve impact.
  • Body language, delivery and gestures
  • Emotions and passion
  • Eye contact
  • Simulations: Practicing eye contact
  • Power of your voice
  • Learn literary techniques you can use to explain your message and make it more memorable. We explore essential language concepts and review how great leaders have used these to convey their message.
  • Ethos, pathos and logos
  • Speak like a leader
  • Literary techniques for leaders
  • Practice delivery of important messages that are memorable and motivating. Learn how to structure your message and why storytelling is so effective, before practicing the techniques in VR.
  • First impressions
  • Structuring your messages
  • Different types of presentation
  • Storytelling: Crafting impactful stories
  • Being authentic and credible
  • Simulations: Pitching a new project
  • In this section you'll learn how to effectively handle challenges such as delivering unpopular news, increasing team motivation, restoring credibility and winning hearts and minds.
  • Overcoming objections during the presentation
  • Example from a press conference
  • Delivering unpopular news
  • Restoring credibility
  • Increasing team motivation
  • Simulations: Delivering bad news to employees
  • Understanding how to adapt your message depending on the audience and situation. We look at the four key communication channels and how to select the right media for your message.
  • Four leadership communication channels
  • Determining the right media for your message
  • Adapting your message for the situation
  • Learn to optimise internal communication and sell your organization's vision, mission and values to your team members. You'll practice what you've learnt in our TEDx styled theatre with speech analysis.
  • Elevator pitch
  • Spreading the company vision
  • Simulations: TEDx Talk about company vision

Online simulations for practice

Practice your leadership communication skills. At key points during the online course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in one of the following simulations.

Explore all the exercises available on the VirtualSpeech platform.

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Simulation features

Improve faster and practice what you learn with these features.

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Presentation Slides

Personalize your training by adding your own slides and notes into the virtual rooms.

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Voice Analysis

Receive live feedback on your delivery using the latest voice analysis technology.

Realistic environments

Realistic Environments

Develop your leadership skills with realistic virtual environments and audiences.