The Institute of Leadership


ABE is an independent subsidiary of The Institute of Leadership (IoL), a registered charity founded in 1947 dedicated to advancing best practice in leadership.  Here are some of the benefits this offers ABE learners:


Membership of The Institute of Leadership provides a host of benefits that can support your professional development and career trajectory well beyond your programme of study (you can see more details of membership benefits at the bottom of this page).

From July 2024, registering for an ABE qualification will also include one year's FREE studying membership of The Institute of Leadership.

How this works

IoL memberships are dispatched three times a year around March, May and November.  You will receive your membership automatically in the dispatch following your registration.

After one year, you can upgrade your membership for a further year at £75 - a special price for ABE learners. With your upgrade you will receive additional benefits such as MyMentoring, full access to MyCareers, and gain digital credentials.

When you graduate with an ABE Level 5 or Level 6 qualification you are entitled to join IoL at the prestigious status of Member, and this entitles you to use MIoL after your name.  

Past alumni can also join IoL for the special ABE price of £75 for their first year. 


ABE's leadership qualifications are developed with The Institute of Leadership.  This means the qualifications benefit from both ABE's expertise in business education and IoL's world-leading innovation in the field of leadership. 

The Institute of Leadership: Free Membership Benefits

Career Development
Leadership & careers

MyLeadership is an online learning experience made up of 3 distinct parts – MyLeadership Development, MyLeadership Profile and MyLeadership Opportunities. A flagship 49-component digital platform which provides learning and development tailored to your needs.

You will have access to a condensed version of MyCareers which includes a CV checker and CV review. After one year, you can upgrade your membership to receive full access, which includes CV management, personality tests, job searches, career insights and business skills, plus access to thousands of curated online leadership resources and business courses to keep your skills bang up to date!

The EDGE Journal
Unlock your leadership potential

Stay ahead of the curve with digital copies of the ‘EDGE’ leadership journal, The Institute of Leadership's quarterly magazine. This will provide you with access to a wide range of leadership-related content, including the latest research, practical insights, and expert opinions.

Community support
Staying ahead of the curve

Membership includes webinars, podcasts, blogs, and practical research. You can also get involved with member-exclusive events and you will also be a part of the IoL LinkedIn Leadership Community.