CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice


These qualifications are designed for managers who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. The qualifications require managers to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.

These qualifications are designed for individuals wishing to develop professional management and leadership practice who will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to drive business activities in a senior management and leadership role.

Role and responsibilities may also include but are not limited to taking responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success. They will have the professionalism to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate a commitment to continual learning and development.

The qualifications have been designed for practising or aspiring managers in roles such as:

  • ●  Senior Manager
  • ●  Regional Manager
  • ●  Specialist Manager (with expertise in a specific business or technical function such as quality, finance, risk,

    marketing, sales IT, human resources etc.)

  • ●  Director

All with your free membership

Study resources

Take advantage of the CMI’s management knowledge through ManagementDirect. Our resources, which are unequalled in scope, variety and accessibility, are available to members and are designed to give you the support you need to succeed throughout your studies and management career.

Study Support

Study Support is organised by qualification and unit. It brings together a range of materials and resources to assist members in their research and studies. These resources include Management Checklists on key skills and techniques, suggested further reading and links to e-journals. Click on the link ‘Current Learners’ to view your course and study materials.

A series of Study Guides will help you to cope with the stresses and demands of study, while our expanding Management Models series provide a one-page overview of some of the more widely used techniques. View all our exciting resources by category in our updated Management Direct.

Management Direct

It’s fast, accurate and free to members

Management Direct is an effortless retrieval facility which delivers the full range of CMI resources on management skills and practice.

  • Multimedia resources – 60 Leader Videos, CMI podcasts and e-learning modules
  • Authoritative definitions of management terms
  • 225 Management checklists and 60 Management Thinker profiles
  • Downloadable articles and research
  • Lists of books and articles which are available from our management library

All these resources are freely available to members from one source where you can search by subject. Definitions give you a headline understanding of topic; Checklists and Models provide the essentials; and books and articles enable you to research further. Depending on your need you choose how far you want to go.

For in depth research try our e-journals service

The Chartered Management Institute has joined forces with EBSCO Information Services to offer members access to Business Source: Corporate, a database providing direct access to articles on management and business from a range of academic journals and business magazines. Members also have access to country, company and industry reports from leading providers.

CMI Library

The CMI Library database offers members access to CMI’s database of books, reports and documents on management techniques and practice. The database provides abstracted references to help you identify appropriate resources.

You can search by a wide range of criteria; download content and export lists of resources. Members (within the UK) can submit requests to borrow books and pamphlets from the library.


Our collection of e-books provides you with 24 hour access to a selection of general management and consulting textbooks. Search through each book for specific content or use the chapter index to browse. E-books are available when you need them – no more waiting for a book to be returned to the library.

Management Community

Network with other students or managers through our new community. Go online and share ideas, discuss problems, find solutions and build your online profile.

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