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Pre-course work

There will be a 'getting to know you' webinar on Tuesday 2 October from 13.00-14.30.

As soon as you are accepted onto the course, you will be invited onto a shared learning platform where participants will be invited to sample some of the course reading and video resources,. Before the residential course, partipcants should 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 two and half day residential programme will be held in Limehouse, London on 4-6 November 2018. 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 six month period during which participants will:

  • work on a real leadership project in teams
  • participate in  2 webinar/online Q&A sessions in February and March 2019, midway through the project delivery stage.

Day four will complete the programme and will take place on 17 May 2019. 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 joining and inputting onto a shared learning platform, pre-course work, three-and-a-half face-to-face training days over 5 months, a leadership project and two webinars. 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

Cohort 2

I will use the knowledge and shared understanding developed through the course to support my organisation through change and to continue developing my knowledge and skills to be a better leader now and in the future.  VoiceAbility
It was a great experience and I am grateful and thankful to Edward and Rebecca. 
I will share the project learning with colleagues. I will coach more. I will continue to seek out and value opportunities to develop. Age UK

The course was fantastic. It is without doubt the most enjoyable, exhausting and truly motivational courses I have been on. I feel the learning and network will continue to contibure to my development for a long time to come. The Scouts Association

Really interesting and challenging mix of learning styles; theory, practical exercises, reflection and role-play. Gained a better understanding of self and how to recognise why I do what I do, what I need to do more and less of..! Rethink Mental Illness

You are all awesome! I have a mind full of varied inspirational and thought provoking images. I will be reflecting for days!! And role plays will never ever ever ever be the same again. Sharing all of this with you as a group was fabulous and huge thanks to Edward and Rebecca for facilitating everything so well. Until the next time! Hope Family Centre

Cohort 1

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.

The course was facilitated with knowledge, confidence and sensitivity. A truly brilliant opportunity for all attending - to examine in depth the characteristics, skills and processes needed for successful leadership in our sector. A fantastic group experience too. 

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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