Leadership Development Programmes (Summer 2021)

A series of flexible, practical and future-focused leadership development programmes for colleagues. 


Our summer leadership development offer will provide colleagues with a series of flexible, practical and futurefocused leadership development programmesThe four programmes outlined below, provide different aims and structures for you to take part in.  The last 12 months have taught us many things about leadership. Compassion, agility and inclusivity have never been more relevant, and our programmes reflect this unique period whilst being underpinned by our key strategic pillars of Community, CultureImpact and Digital.

“Creating a culture that is collaborative requires leadership, vision, strategic focus and courage. We need to be clear about the values of ethical behaviour, engendering trust, showing compassion for others and defining our goals in line with those values.” – (Universal Values, Global Change. University of Leeds Strategy 2020 to 2030) 

Our programmes

As part of our leadership development offer, we have four programmes taking place between May and July 2021.

This programme is designed for new leaders to help provide the ideal starting point to their leadership journey.
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This programme will focus on planning, accelerating and embedding change effectively as a leader.
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These workshops focus on what inclusion, civility and respect mean personally and in the context of others.
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This programme provides development to help leaders and managers to address practical challenges faced daily.
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What do you mean by the term 'leadership' and 'leaders', and who can join these programmes?

Suitability for each programme is outlined in more detail on each of the programme pages.

When we use the term ‘leadership’ we define it as being responsible, or partly responsible, for an area of activity, a project/initiative or a group of individuals.

If your role involves influencing others to achieve common goals and shared expectations, then that would qualify as leadership. Being a leader, therefore, does not necessarily mean being a line manager.  

How can I book on to a programme?

Bookings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The links to book each programme are available below or on each of the programme pages linked above:

  1. Book your place on our New Leaders Programme
  2. Book your place on our Inclusive Leadership Programme
  3. Book your place on our Leading Transformational Change Programme
  4. Book your place on our Practical Leadership Workshops or Surgeries


What other leadership or management development opportunities are there in OD&PL?

If you’re interested in leadership and management development, below are some other development opportunities you might be interested in.

University-wide Mentoring Scheme 

All colleagues can apply to be part of our University mentoring scheme as a mentor or mentee at any time, with matching taking place twice a year in May and November. The mentoring experience is mutually beneficial and allows colleagues to share knowledge and skills with others, supporting them to achieve their individual objectives.

Management Essentials

We are currently developing our Management Essentials offer which will launch as a formal programme after the Summer, however, our Management Essentials webpages have information about the topics that we offer. Furthermore, we have a variety of tips, advice and guidance for leaders and managers which is available through our self-help toolkits, including some online courses through LinkedIn Learning and individual activities you can carry out to improve practice.

To keep up-to-date with the latest development opportunities related to leadership and management, you can explore our Leadership and Management webpages and follow us on Twitter @UniLeedsODPL.

I have a question about these programmes, who can I contact?

To talk to a member of the team about any of our programmes, please email peopledev@leeds.ac.uk.