Leadership Development

Effective leadership at all levels of the organisation will be critical to us delivering the University Plan and is one of the key commitments from the Employee Engagement Survey. The University recognises that great leaders are not born – they are made. Therefore all managers within the organisation will need to have opportunities to develop their leadership confidence, style and approach in order to truly maximise their contribution to the University and their teams. This leadership development theme outlines the opportunities that are available for individuals and teams to develop in the realm of leadership.

Accredited Courses

ILM Introduction to Coaching

The Introduction to Coaching programme is designed to provide managers (or aspiring managers) with an introductory insight into the underpinning knowledge and skills required for successful work-based coaching. The following topics will be covered during the programme: the benefits of coaching; differences between coaching, mentoring, counselling and training; the role of the coach; models of coaching; listening and questioning; evaluating the impact of coaching.

It is a two-day programme and a variety of learning and teaching methods are used such as presentations by specialist practitioners, group discussions, case studies and task centred learning. In order to successfully complete the Coaching for Success Programme, each participant must undertake at least 5 hours of work-based coaching and then undertake a reflective account of their own developing practice.

There is a £68 fee charged by the ILM to cover registration and administration costs. No charge will be made for delivery of the programme material or assessment support.

ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management

This is a practice-based qualification which will give you a range of tools and techniques to coach and get the best from your staff. The course will cover preparing to Coach and Mentor, how to engage in coaching and mentoring and how to close, review and evaluate after coaching and mentoring.

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used such as taught elements, case studies, reading and reflection and coaching and mentoring tasks. In order to successfully complete this programme, each participant must undertake at least 12 hours of coaching or mentoring as well as prepare a proposal for a management coaching or mentoring programme explaining how they will ensure best practice in the coaching or mentoring practice.

There is a £124 fee charged by the ILM to cover registration and administration costs. No charge will be made for delivery of the programme material or assessment support.

Leading for Success

The Leading for Success programme is designed to develop leaders who are recognised as talent which the organisation needs to support and nurture for the future. 

The programme is delivered over ten months, with the core of the programme delivered as four two-day modules.  These modules will be interspersed with four coaching sessions carried out by external executive level coaches. 

Desired outcomes for programme participants include:

• Understanding how to translate corporate vision and values and align people positively with them
• The development of greater self-awareness and enhanced ability to manage staff
• Greater confidence in leading and working with people and managing productive relationships and networks
• Developing greater confidence and skills to act in a diversity of situations
• Developing enhanced understanding of the context in which they are working
• The development of a network of peers who can support each other

Leading Academics

This programme is aimed at members of staff who currently have a management role, or who aspire to take on management responsibilities for an academic team in the future. It is anticipated that such responsibilities will normally involve leading others. It is a three-day programme, with the days three months apart.

The aim of this programme is to equip academic managers with the skills, knowledge and contextual awareness to be able to perform effectively within their roles. It involves academic managers developing a heightened sense of self-awareness about how they manage and interact with others, both within their own area and across the University.

Prior to joining the course, each participant is required to undertake a 360-degree feedback exercise. This then shapes the one-to-one coaching which is offered to every participant as a value-added part of the programme.

Making Sense of Leadership

‘Making Sense of Leadership’ is a new series of presentations on leadership for managers within the University. Each of the sessions will centre on a different keynote speaker who gives their personal experience of leadership- how they approached it, what challenges they faced, and what they have learned. Rather than attempting to prescribe how leadership should occur, these presentations will focus on the confusion and messiness of leadership.

The keynote speakers will primarily be from outside the University and will be invited to share their experiences and ‘tell their story’ about their journeys through leadership. Follow-up opportunities will then be given for participants to discuss with others how they have ‘made sense’ of similar experiences, exploring paradoxes and offering insights into the consequences of their preferred approach. These will be facilitated discussions which use a sense-making enquiry approach to illuminate the challenges and opportunities presented by the actions taken.

By exposing University managers to the different leadership experiences of others, it will enable them to develop agility in their approach, become confident through complexity, make clearer decisions in uncertain times and remain positive in leading change.

Coaching for Senior Managers

A diverse range of issues can be brought to the sessions and could include:
• Developing confidence
• Exploring difficult relationships
• Managing feedback
• Managing self in stressful situations
• Improving networking skills
• Increasing political skill

In summary, executive coaching is about working with individuals to enable them to take action to improve their performance.