Course details

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Pre-course work

There will be a "getting to know you webinar" on Tuesday 23 May from 13.00-14.30.

Participants will be invited to sample some of the course reading and video resources, and contribute to a book club in which they read and provide an online summary of a book on leadership, management or career development for others in the group. Participants will also:

  • reflect on their own leadership and prepare a PechaKucha presentation to describe their approach to leadership to other course participants
  • complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and begin to consider what kind of leadership project would be most useful for them to undertake.

Participants should start the pre-work work at least three weeks before the course begins.

Course modules

A three-day residential programme will be held in London on 18–20 June 2017. This will include:

  • delivering a PechaKucha presentation (for some this is what bonds the group)
  • defining leadership and management and the challenges facing leaders in the voluntary sector
  • the Leadership Odyssey, a framework of leadership behaviours and attitudes
  • selected leadership and management theory, research, and practice
  • values and purpose in leadership
  • coaching for managers and leaders
  • setting goals, delegating and motivating a team, managing difficult conversations
  • understanding and building networks
  • action learning, identifying leadership projects to work on.

This will be followed by a five-month period during which participants will:

  • work on a real leadership project in teams
  • participate in a webinar/online Q&A session midway through the project delivery stage.

Day four will complete the programme and will take place on 21 November 2017. It will include:

  • reporting back and getting help on leadership projects
  • personal development planning
  • working in coalitions and partnerships: collaboration and negotiation
  • using your networks.


  • Inclusive – building cohorts that reflect the sector and developing the competencies that leaders will need to work in
  • Blended – the learning journey combines different styles and approaches – such as outdoor learning, walk and talk, myth and metaphor, PechaKucha, and just-in-time teaching methods – to enable participants to absorb practical solutions to their day-to-day management challenges
  • Diverse – drawing on the skills and experience of established leaders from the voluntary sector as well as from business, government and academia
  • Collaborative – co-designing the programme with the sector so that it addresses real challenges and opportunities and recognises its considerable achievements
  • Holistic – learning through peers, established leaders and real workplace situations, and emphasising the practical application of management and leadership

Learning approach

What we offer to participants

What makes this leadership programme different to other programmes is the two-and-a-half day participative residential module at its core, the challenging work you will do before, during and after the modules, and the opportunity to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. By the end of the residential module, you will have a deeper understanding of your individual leadership strengths, as a leader and a team player/follower. We are delighted to be returning to the Royal Foundation of St. Katherine’s in Limehouse. In our experience, St Katherine’s is one of the most accessible and learner friendly residential venues in London. It also serves exceptionally good food!

What we expect from you

Being a leader isn’t easy, and this programme is appropriately challenging. The programme consists of pre-course work, three-and-a-half face-to-face training days, a leadership project and a webinar. In order to make the most of the programme – for your own learning and to support other people – you need to be confident that you have sufficient time to commit to each element of the programme.

What previous participants have said

I have so much to process and apply – I'm giddy with the prospect of taking even an element of what I experienced and learnt into my work. The phases (the 'odyssey') will probably be my starting point – to reflect on what leadership skills are appropriate in the coming planning/team meetings and in tasks for my team. I have plans for reorganising the way we feed back and how I build in time to genuinely listen and involve colleagues.

I have learnt a lot about my own leadership style which will help me when leading my charity team. Developing my leadership skills will benefit my organisation enormously. 

I think I discovered that lots of other people face the same issues and feel that they are imperfect leaders too, which helps enormously. I will be more reflective about leadership in general and place more importance on collaboration.

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