This leading university has a need to develop their leaders to have:
Leaders at this university have a depth of expertise in their field and a proven ability to deliver results. They have been rewarded by being made ‘top of their tree’. In these environments, the impulse to fall back on one’s expertise is strong, which can get in the way of strategic thinking and collaborative working to deliver commonly agreed outcomes.
The university engaged Hennessy Consulting in close partnership with CA Partners Consulting to deliver a Strategic Leadership Programme which will build the capabilities, confidence and connectedness of its leadership team in order to fulfil its vision of being a world-class, world-changing university
The Strategic Leaders Programme is aimed at senior to middle-tier leaders from all areas of the University, academic and operational. Currently in our second year of running the programme, we take thirty leaders each year in two cohorts through a development process blending deep learning through three core development modules, Agile strategic delivery projects, Action Learning Sets and time for reflection and embedding through 1-to-1 coaching.
In Module One we focus on strategy and the role of leadership in shaping and delivering it:
In Module Two we focus on leading collaboratively and empowering others to act:
In Module Three we focus on leading change. This includes organisational culture change, with agility and flexibility:
Through the Action Learning Sets leaders work to deliver strategic projects supported by their peers, and learning to support and challenge others.
The 1-to-1 Coaching provides another safe space for reflection, development and learning. The participants use the coaching to unpack their behaviours and mind sets and tackle the blockers that may be getting in the way of moving forwards on their leadership journeys.
A Showcase Event marks the end of the programme for the participants where they can: