Leadership Essentials Programme

Acquire the personal and interpersonal leadership essentials you need for the rapidly evolving workplace.

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Leadership Essentials develops the behaviours and skills relevant to your organisation.  You’ll leave ready to lead your team in a rapidly evolving workplace.

This programme is a process. It is designed to work in 4 phases:

Icon representing engage phase of learning journey   ENGAGE – Establish context, practice, tools and techniques

Icon representing workplace practice   WORKPLACE PRACTICE – Work with stakeholders to practice learned skills and tools

Leading across cultures 7   CONNECT AND REFLECT – Review progress, practise through role-play, refine understanding

Leading across cultures 6   CHANGE AND GROW – Sustain your change through continuing practice

During the workplace practice phase, learners’ key stakeholders may be surveyed to assess their assessment of the impact of the learning, adding to the effectiveness of phase 3, review, role-play, refine.

The overall programme addresses and builds skills for the new world of work. It provides clarity to new leaders, aligns leading with managing in a practical, effective model that everyone can understand, and lays the foundations for continuous personal development and team performance.

Using the Leader-Manager Diamond model©, we remove the common confusion arising from understanding leadership as distinct from managing. Leading without managing is purpose without process. Managing without leading is process with no purpose. Optimal leadership is purpose and feedback driven, sets high standards and responds rapidly to changing external contexts.

Why this programme, now?

The context of leadership action is changed. Workforces are dispersed and virtual. Digitisation is changing who does what, where and how. Environmental and social challenges are reshaping organisational governance.

Into this world you are stepping as a new leader. What are you for? How do leaders lead, exactly? What does your leadership achieve for others?

Leaders must now span time and space. Their teams are dispersed, and often international. Equally, digitisation is changing the content of jobs and how success is understood. Also, the day to day need for guidance, coaching and monitoring has never been greater.

The Leadership Essentials programme offers a model of practical action. Learners leave armed and equipped with a toolbox of personal and interpersonal skills and processes ready to response to the rapidly evolving shape of the world of work.

You’ll leave with

An effective, practical and useable model of leading and managing, integrating the two for maximum impact on performance.

Tools and techniques of communication, interaction and engagement, building common purpose, values and commitment.

Understanding of how to use power, personal presence and influence positively, enabling your people to develop and flourish and sustaining high performance.

Critical and reflective thinking skills, enabled through dialogue and engagement, encouraging inclusion and diversity of approaches.

Who is this programme for?

  • You may be a manager who is new in post and needs to understand your role as a leader. You may want to understand more clearly the interaction between leading and managing so that you can span across both things effectively.
  • Equally, you may be a relatively experienced first level manager and leader who is looking for new answers to the challenges of your role in the new world of work.
  • Fundamentally, your context has changed. You need new applications of skills and behaviours that work in this new context. Leadership Essentials is context driven, skill building and practice oriented for the new world of work.

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Programme Outline

Leadership Essentials is a two part-programme which you can choose to attend both parts or just part one.

Part one consists of the engage phase, delivered as a two-day face-to-face programme or virtually over four half days and covers the skills and knowledge you require to be an effective leader.

You then return to your workplace and apply your learning. A week before you come back for part two, your facilitator will be in touch to identify the successes and challenges you have experienced and what you want to focus on in part two to improve further.

Part two takes place one month later.  Working together, your group and facilitator will share experiences, identify topics for practice and use various techniques to refine and improve your skills.  These can include scenario setting, coaching, role playing, problem solving and simulations.

As a result, by the end of this programme you will have improved your confidence and skills in order to have a greater impact back in your workplace

Organisational Context and Goals
Digitisation and the pace of change
Purpose and values – aligning them for performance
Diversity, inclusion and the wellbeing critical to the employer brand
The dispersed organisation post-pandemic
Integrating leading and managing for performance
Personal Skills and AttributesInterpersonal Skills and Behaviours
Leadership styles
Power and personal presence
Critical thinking
Planning and organising
Self-management and motivation
Emotional intelligence
Influencing and convincing
Motivating and enabling others
Performance and development
Communicating for impact
Problem solving and conflict resolution

Stakeholder Engagement

Throughout the programme, learners will engage with key stakeholders to clearly define their goals for the programme and track progress against these objectives. Stakeholders and learners will be surveyed at key points to review the impact they are making in the workplace. This feedback and stakeholder engagement will inform facilitated sessions, adding depth and  value to these interactions.

  • Each programme includes pre-work when you and your stakeholders will be asked to complete a review questionnaire focused on your development goals for the programme. This is done electronically, and results are shared with you to help focus your development.
  • During the programme another review will be sent to you and your stakeholders to identify the successes and challenges you have experienced so far and what should be focused on to continue improvement.
  • Following the programme, two final reviews will be sent over a period of five months, exploring progress over time and reflecting on growth during the programme.

Phase 1 – Engage

Prior to Phase 1, learners are asked to complete between 2-3 hours of pre-work. The most important part of this pre-work will be selecting and contacting stakeholders who will engage with learners across the programme, providing feedback and insight on their development and impact. This includes taking part in an online review questionnaire before the first live session that helps to develop a shared understanding of context and aims for the programme. Learners will then take this insight into their facilitated sessions.

Part 1 of Leadership Essentials engages learners to uncover:

  • Their understanding of the context of their organisation
  • How this context is changing the nature of the leadership challenge they face
  • Who is most impacted by their work as leaders.
  • What impacts they want to have as a result of the programme.

Having established the context and priorities of the learners, Leadership Essentials then moves on to explore:

  • The Leader-Manager Diamond Model© and how to understand the complementary nature of working as a manger who leads or a leader who manages.
  • Essential personal skills, including:
    Leadership styles, critical thinking, self-management, planning and organising, power and personal presence.
  • Essential interpersonal skills and approaches, including: 
    Emotional Intelligence, influencing, motivating and enabling, performance management and development, communication, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Finally, an action plan is generated that aligns context and priority to their development of leadership skills, giving clear development and performance objectives for phase two.

Phase 2 – Workplace Practice

Phase 2 sees the learner return to their workplace, ready to execute on the action plan formulated in phase 1.

This will offer the chance to:

  • Engage with key stakeholders to inform them of learning and action goals
  • Implement and gain feedback on those learning and action goals
  • Refine and improve practice, based on feedback
  • Complete a PULSE learning journal to aid reflection and to use as part of Phase 3 review process.

To support learners throughout this phase, we provide online material for on a range of topics related to the programme, which we call Building Blocks. These are available to learners on demand, through their link to the Roffey Park Institute online platform.

Towards the end of this phase, learners and stakeholders will be asked to complete another online review of their progress so far and what they think is important to focus on in the next phase. This feedback will influence what happens in the reflect and connect sessions.

Phase 3 – Connect and Reflect

During this phase learners focus on sharing their experiences of their learning journey with programme peers. This brings opportunities for fresh perspectives, new insights, and new energy. A Roffey Park International faculty member will facilitate the Connect and Reflect phase which is designed to create time and space for learners to reflect on, practice and make sense of their experiences to date. Learners are invited to assess the positives and the challenges they have experienced in relation to their behaviour change and organisational impact.

Sessions in this phase are active, focused and fun – bringing a mix of energy and quiet space to enable learners to maximise their thinking and planning. You will be involved in discussion and inquiry with your programme peers as well as ideation and planning. This phase closes with the refinement of the Engagement Plan for the final phase of their journey.

Gaining the most from this phase requires energy, questioning, introspection, interest in others, openness to ideas, willingness to share highs and lows of your journey, creativity and imagination.

Phase 4 – Change and Grow

The final phase is focused on helping learners to create sustainable change and impact in their workplace context by embedding new behaviours, methods and thinking and add value to their organisation at different levels.

Learners will continue to work on their action plans to embed their learning and create impact. They will maintain engagement with stakeholders as they do this, applying good practices like communication, inquiry, seeking feedback and collecting evidence.

We support this process by collecting data from two further reviews that learners and stakeholders complete at 3 and 6 months after the Part 1 sessions. This continued engagement and feedback over time facilitates sustained and widespread impact from the learning on the programme.

Gaining the most from this phase requires an attitude of continuous improvement, resilience, energy perspective, collaboration and an ability to share stories of success as well as challenge.

Leadership Essentials Dates and fees

Leadership Essentials can be delivered as a face-to-face, blended or virtual programme.

Leadership Essentials is a two part programme. It is possible to attend part one only.

  • Part One is delivered as two days face-to-face or four half-days virtually.
  • Return to the workplace to apply learning for 1-2 months. A week before Part Two, a discussion will take place with your facilitator.
  • Part Two is delivered as one day face-to-face or two half-days virtually.

Online sessions will begin at 09:00 (UK time). Check your local time here


Virtual ProgrammeFace-to-Face Programme

Part One and Two

Part One Only
Part One and Two

Part One Only

*The price is net of any chargeable VAT or GST

July 2022 – Virtual

Part One:
Session 1: 19 July 2022
Session 2: 22 July 2022
Session 3: 26 July 2022
Session 4: 29 July 2022
Part Two:
Session 5: 23 August 2022
Session 6: 26 August 2022

October 2022 – Virtual

Part One:
Session 1: 11 October 2022
Session 2: 14 October 2022
Session 3: 18 October 2022
Session 4: 21 October 2022
Part Two:
Session 5: 22 November 2022
Session 6: 25 November 2022

February 2023 – Face to Face

9 – 10 February 2023

Virtual Follow

9 March 2023

16 March 2023

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