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Digital Leadership: Elevate

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from $2,520*(RRP $2,800)
From $53.85 per week

Equip yourself with the skills to lead in the ever-evolving digital world with our Digital Leadership Elevate course. Boost your career prospects by mastering modern leadership practices and problem-solving skills to guide your team towards digital success.

*Save on our Elevate courses when you pay in full!

We’re launching a subscription model for all Elevate courses.

Academy Xi students now have the option to subscribe to our entire range of Elevate courses across all our portfolios for a monthly fee. Use this as a way to gain a wider digital skillset and give yourself an advantage as you compete for roles in the ever-changing employment landscape.

Our graduates are now the driving force behind some of Australia’s most innovative brands

Why choose this course?

No prerequisites or previous experience required

Launch your Digital Leadership journey today, no matter what level of experience you have! Our beginner-friendly approach will help get you up to speed in no time.

Flexible and self-paced

With 6 months access, the speed at which you tackle online course content is up to you. Study at your own pace and fit learning into your busy lifestyle.

Created for Upskillers

Our Elevate courses help you boost your career with sought-after Digital Leadership skills. Unlock higher salaries and job growth potential.

What your curriculum looks like

Upskill in Digital Leadership within 6 months. You’ll work through interactive online course content at your own pace, and have the support of an industry mentor when you need it.

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 7
  • Module 8
  • Module 9
  • Module 10
  • Final presentation

Module 1

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Leadership and you: Understanding
Explore what leadership is and what contemporary leadership looks like today, especially in the digital environment. Reflect on your own leadership experiences and what you feel characterises you as a leader.

  • Introduction to leadership in the digital age
  • Types of leadership
  • Understanding your style
  • Managing yourself

Module 2

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

The digital leader’s toolbox: Doing
In this module you’ll build confidence in what you already know, as well as your ability to lead. Get equipped with an accessible toolbox of mindsets, skills, tools and approaches that you can use and apply right away.

  • Types of tools and frameworks for leadership
  • The art of listening
  • 21st century skills and transferable skills for leadership
  • Building trust and relationships

Module 3

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Thinking like a leader: Thinking
Unearth the thinking processes we might use when we are in leadership positions. Explore the importance of making decisions, the ethics and potential ramifications of getting it wrong. Get exposure to the strategic tools that help craft a vision for the team or organisational unit.

  • Effective and productive thinking
  • Decision making (making better decisions)

Module 4

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Commercial acumen
In Module 4 we support decision making and vision setting with commercial awareness. Demonstrating an awareness of how a business operates and the factors that determine its performance, enables compelling business cases for innovation and/or transformation that align company objectives with strategic action.

  • Cultivating a strategic mindset
  • Improving your strategic thinking skills
  • Embracing conflict
  • Building financial acumen
  • Financial terms 101
  • Commercial capability
  • Commercial viability
  • Market orientation

Module 5

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Stakeholder management
Learn how to best communicate with stakeholders, which is key to advocacy, managing expectations and securing buy-in.

  • Identify potential, primary and secondary key stakeholders
  • Prioritise stakeholders
  • Identify and analyse stakeholder needs, goals, objectives and expectations
  • Strategies to influence decision making

Module 6

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Change management
Effective change management is essential for leading a digital innovation or transformation. In Module 6 we will look broadly at the change process with our focus on digital, consider techniques and reactions to change, and look at methods for addressing negativity and uncertainty.

  • Attitudinal considerations to change
  • Strategies for adopting and adapting to digital innovation and transformation change
  • Implementing best practices for driving change
  • Common digital transformation pitfalls

Module 7

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Understanding teams and dynamics
Implementation time means moving from ‘me’ to ‘we.’ Module 7 is about teams, what that means and how to know if we are moving in the right direction as a team. Explore what kinds of teams and organisational structures represent best practice in the digital space.

  • Teams and the digital age - creating a learning-culture environment
  • Types of individuals in a team - team personas
  • Team dynamics - accountability, authority and autonomy
  • The 5 dysfunctions of a team (can you make it in the digital age?)
  • Types of teams and structures in the digital age

Module 8

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Building a high performing team
Module 8 forms a blueprint on how to build your high performing team. Each topic follows the model of a high performing team: forming, norming, storming and performing.

  • Forming
  • Norming
  • Storming 
  • Performing

Module 9

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Enabling a team (culture)
Once your team is set and you’re leading successfully, what comes next? In Module 9 you will learn how to unleash the potential of your team and what you as a leader need to do in order to enable this.

  • Leading a team
  • Facilitating people and outcomes
  • Unleashing creative potential

Module 10

Recommended: 6-8 hours per module

Growing and improving your team
At some point you’re going to need to stop and evaluate the team you are leading. Are they the right fit? Do we need to grow? Do we need to cut back? Module 10 should equip leaders to face some of the more difficult activities a leader might need to experience. Additionally it explores how to continuously improve your team and create a culture of feedback.

  • Navigating change and conflict
  • Learning loops and continuous improvement
  • Recruiting and growing your team
  • Present your 90-day plan and FY budget 
  • Submit a business case and written report that supports the presentation, curated from your course deliverables
  • Receive structured feedback on your presentation and report from your mentor


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Work 1:1 with an industry expert

All Elevate students have access to an industry mentor as they progress through their course. Your mentor is an expert in the field and can provide insider tips and guidance on-demand.

Why study Digital Leadership at Academy Xi?

Fees & payment options

We offer a range of flexible payment options so you can achieve your goals today, and pay at your own pace.

No deposit

Study Now, Pay Later

Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term of up to 6 months, with no deposit and 100% interest-free.

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No deposit

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Student success stories

Our students come from different walks of life and have supercharged their careers, landing coveted jobs in the Design, Tech, and Marketing fields.

From HR Service to Product Management

Ray Jaramis

After 2 years with Employment Hero, upskilling in Product Management is helping Ray design a scalable HR, payroll and benefits platform that promises to empower millions of Australians. Find out how Ray’s new skillset is helping him hatch a plan to make financial advice accessible to everyday Australians.

Ray Jaramis, Product Management Elevate

From studying Digital Marketing to booming family business

Brad Cluff

After moving back to his hometown and studying Digital Marketing, Brad transformed the bottom line of his family’s hospitality business – with numbers up by 70%.

Brad Cluff, Digital Marketing Transform

From Multimedia Production to Customer Experience

Ben McCarthy

As a Multimedia Producer at Melbourne’s Fed Square, Ben decided to upskill in CX and give the venue’s visitors experiences they’ll never forget. Find out how the Customer Experience: Elevate course is helping Ben plan events that are bringing a buzz to one of Melbourne’s most loved venues.

Ben McCarthy, abc

Some frequently asked questions

In this course you’ll experience flexible and self-paced learning, where students cover course content independently and browse material on our engaging learning platform. You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Platform based written content with multimedia elements
  • In-house video content
  • Real-world case studies
  • Weekly challenges
  • Project assessments
  • Mentor sessions
  • Links to additional resources

Your learning will be supported by activities throughout the course, so you can put theory into practice right away.

This course is designed for ambitious students, ideally with existing experience and knowledge from working in digital team environments. If this sounds like you and you’re after self-paced, industry-focused training with mentor support, this course is for you.

Our Digital Leadership course is ideal for a variety of professionals, including:

  • Digital or technology professionals who want to upskill and develop professionally or gain a promotion
  • First-time leaders or managers progressing from an individual contributor role to leading a team
  • Practising digital team leaders or managers who would like to fill knowledge gaps or formalise their experience 
  • Among others, students could be currently employed in roles such as UX UI Designer, Service Designer, Experience Designer, Digital Producer, Digital Coordinator, Product Leader, Project Leader, Digital Designer, Web Developer, Systems Administrator, Digital Marketer, etc.

We offer three online course formats across design, tech and business that deliver a range of practical outcomes:

  • Transform courses teach job-ready skills and help you launch a new career
  • Elevate courses expand your existing skill set and progress your career
  • Foundations courses teach introductory skills and build a knowledge base

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