International Certificate in Leadership for Property

A unique course created for property professionals looking to position themselves as leaders in the industry. The benefit of the course is its holistic nature, taking an end-to-end view of the property lifecycle and combining this with the leadership skills necessary to succeed. Through individual coaching and attendance at a five day residential, you will gain the skills and knowledge to take the next step as a property leader.


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Benefits for you

Effective leaders are integral to the success of any business. Improved strategic technical planning will help you to achieve results within your role and to ensure the long term success of your projects.

  • Improve strategic decision making skills by developing a thorough understanding of the property development lifecycle and your business’s place within it
  • Build the confidence to lead strategic change and make a positive impact in the boardroom
  • Develop leadership skills using a problem-solving approach to case studies and real world examples
  • Practice leadership skills in a controlled environment
  • Increase impact and influence with people internal and external to the organisation
  • Meet and network with global decision makers within the industry in the form of technical experts, fellow delegates, and speakers. Develop and enhance these relationships after the course through online forums and discussions
  • Drive operational efficiency by implementing a personal action plan specific to your role and business needs
  • Become a leader who can motivate, inspire and empower teams

Benefits for your organisation

In a challenging global economy, the RICS Leadership and Management Training Programme represents a crucial investment in the ability of the people driving your organisation to lead you to success.

  • Develop a leadership team that can motivate and engage staff driving top-down performance
  • Attract, retain, and manage executive talent
  • Develop true leaders and ensure that the right people are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to fulfil their roles effectively
  • Reduce unbudgeted change and increase cost certainty through improved strategic planning
  • Address the threat of the skills gap to stay competitive in an ever more challenging business environment

Next steps


Available dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017

CPD: 40 hours

RICS member price: £5,500

Non-member price: £5,900


Who is this course for?

Join a diverse group of industry professionals including, but not exclusive to, developers, surveyors, investors, public sector, local authorities, occupiers and real estate owners. Typical attendees will be senior professionals with substantial experience in the built environment, such as executives and directors one to three reporting lines down from CEO.

Whether you are looking to develop your technical property knowledge or your leadership skills, this course is for you. Combat two daily challenges in one inclusive course.

To foster a dynamic learning environment for all delegates, we encourage applicants from a range of industries, countries, and backgrounds. You will need to be able to demonstrate relevant business experience and leadership potential.

Previous attendees include directors, heads of department, and country managers.


Admission Requirements

  • We recommend a minimum of 10 years work experience
  • Basic knowledge of the five core topics of property development: market analysis, finance for real estate, project management, facilities and operational management and asset management.
  • Demonstrated management experience
  • Proficiency in business English

If you have any questions, please call us at +44 (0) 2476 868 584 or email leadershiptraining@rics.org.

Course Content

Leadership themes

Running throughout the 5-day residential component of the course and embedded into the technical discussions, you will explore the following:

Analyse different leadership approaches and their impact on culture and climate; identify your personal impact on others and the business and your responsibilities as a strategic leader

Evaluate strategies for engaging and inspiring others through communication, whilst minimising barriers to successfully influence

Assess how to shape a learning culture with a view to maximising performance, increasing engagement and building collaboration

Assess and anticipate stakeholder needs in support of achieving strategic organisational goals

Explain the impact of the increasing pace of change, uncertainty and ambiguity on yourself and others; identify approaches to enhance personal resilience and performance and build long-term resilience at an organisational level

Analyse your individual strengths and weaknesses resulting in the formation of a personalised leadership development plan

Why is industry-specific executive education so valuable?

Sarah Smith, Leadership Consultant

Day by day


Market Analysis will introduce you to real estate as an investment asset class, highlighting the importance of market research in supporting real estate investment and development decisions at both a local and global market level. It integrates with the accompanying leadership module, Knowing Your Business and Knowing Yourself, by highlighting the means by which a leader can be better prepared for the future by utilising market research and analysis to support decision making, as well as the importance of understanding your business, your market(s) and your competition.

Course structure

Complete an online RICS 360 feedback survey developed from the RICS competency framework.

This will allow us to match you to a suitable leadership coach and will form the basis of your development plan for the course.

Meet with your leadership coach

Prior to the 5-day residential, you will discuss the results of your 360 with your dedicated leadership coach. Together you will identify and set goals which will form the basis of a development plan.

Attend 5-day residential

Group sessions will be led by experienced leadership coaches and technical experts, and will develop thematically on the leadership competency framework. Leadership content on each day will be embedded into the five stages of the property lifecycle. During the course, you will use your personal development plan as a reference to chart your progress, with guidance and input from your leadership coach. This will culminate in an action plan specifically tailored to you and your company.

Implement action plan

Return to work and implement your personal action plan into your daily role.

Meet with your leadership coach

After implementing the action plan, you will have a follow up session with your leadership coach to revisit your development objectives, discuss progress and understand how to build on these in the following months and indeed for the length of your career.

Join the RICS Leadership and Management Training Alumni Association

Through online forums and social networks, you will be able to maintain relationships developed during the course and also meet peers attending similar programmes around the world.