We are a professional body that helps unlock individual and business potential.

The Institute of Leadership is the professional membership body for an active, international community of over 50,000 leaders, managers, coaches and mentors – but we are much more than a professional body. We create world–class tools, deliver award–winning e–learning and undertake practical research to help unlock individual leadership potential.
We are a registered charity governed by a board of trustees. The Institute of Leadership was founded in 1947 and reclaimed its independent status as a professional body in 2016. This independence has enabled The Institute to become closer to its members and better support their leadership development to campaign more effectively for great leadership everywhere.


We help people and businesses who are truly engaged in the learning and practice of leadership. 


L&D and HR departments

We work closely with Leadership and HR specialists to help boost their leadership programmes and get the most from their employees.
How we support L&D Professionals


Leaders and managers

We work with leaders and managers at all levels, offering expert tools and resources to help support and improve their leadership capabilities,
How we support leaders & managers


Aspiring leaders

We help people at the start of their leadership journey e.g. students, recent graduates or new managers, to support them in their career progression. 
Start your leadership journey


We help in 4 distinct ways:

As a long-standing charity for leadership, we are in an ideal position to offer innovative learning-oriented products and services that are accessible to all.
  • Membership - Adds lasting value to individuals and teams alike
  • Programme accreditation - Add credibility and recognition to your programmes by achieving Institute Approved accreditation
  • Leadership development - Enhance or create your own leadership learning programme with our award-winning e-learning tool, MyLeadership
  • Corporate membership - An employee benefit that nurtures leadership talent and maximises growth.
  • Advisory services - Our experts will help you nurture and grow leadership talent throughout your business.


These are the values we stand by:

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We behave with integrity and stay true to our values. We inspire trust by acting ethically and by challenging others to do so.



We look ahead, take risks and innovate. We are courageous and ready to face the future.



We are responsible, use our initiative, are decisive, abstain from blame, critically reflect on our roles and are always learning.



We are clear about our purpose and targets. We stretch ourselves and others. We are adaptable and work for long-term impact.



We seek to work effectively with others and to be easy to work with. We are socially sensitive and embrace differences.

There are many sides to a leader. We cover them all.