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Transition to Leadership

Enhance your leadership skills and become an authentic leader.

Those entering leadership roles for the first time need to be fully equipped to do so, particularly when those roles involve leading academic teams and colleagues. Transition to Leadership (TTL) is an established programme that has three main themes:

  1. Personal leadership
  2. Team leadership and collaborating with others
  3. Leadership in times of change.

Jean Chandler provides an overview of the programme

To find out how the programme has been adapted to the online learning environment and what participants will gain from the programme, we spoke to co-facilitator Jean Chandler:

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Enhancing your leadership skills

The Transition to Leadership programme will explore your personal leadership, your team leadership and your change leadership style. By understanding your own resilience and how you can influence and inspire others you will learn new approaches to manage difficult situations and enable institutional change to happen. Transition to Leadership will allow you to develop:

  • Your role in supporting and delivering organisational change
  • Your capabilities as a team leader and builder, to optimise your team or project groups performance
  • Your emotional intelligence and influencing behaviours as a positive leadership role model
  • An understanding of leadership styles and skills, and apply this learning to your own context and sense of identity as a leader
  • Your self-awareness and reflective practice
  • Your personal coaching skills, including peer- and team-coaching to support achievement by others that you work with.
"It's been a really positive experience for me and I've learnt a great deal. I've particularly relished the opportunities to coach and be coached and the opportunities to partake in diagnostics and get specialist, leadership focussed feedback (e.g. MBTI)." Amy Norton, Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor, Higher Education Funding Council for England

How is the programme delivered?

Transition to Leadership (TTL) is delivered fully online over 4-5 months comprising of 6 live half-day modules with related asynchronous work. TTL is run twice over the academic year.

In each module participants engage in:

  • 3-hour synchronous online workshop modules
  • Post-session reflective activity
  • Module delivery between 9:30am - 12:30pm and is delivered virtually.
  • A group peer coaching session takes place between 13:30-15:00 following modules two and four.
  • Diagnostics, self-assessments and structured self reflection activities, including online discussions to help participants to understand the differing perspectives of others to better influence and lead

The course has been adapted to the online environment including a series of live webinars or modules, online collaborative learning activities and discussion boards, self-assessments, and work-based activities.

These activities are supported by a rich set of learning materials that remain available to participants for a minimum of 6 months after the conclusion of the programme. TTL is digitally recognised and will provide attendees will a certificate of learning.

The focus areas of individual modules can be found below:

Workshop 1

Personal Leadership

Leadership styles and how to apply this learning to your own context and sense of identity as a leader.

Workshop 2

My Leadership Profile and Development: an Introduction to Coaching

What "the leader as a coach" means in practice and how to apply this approach with skill.

Workshop 3

Difference and Team Working

Recognising and responding to difference in order to make the most of a diverse team or project group.

Workshop 4

Influencing Others and Collaborative Working

Emotional intelligence and influencing behaviours.

Workshop 5

Leading in times of Change

Your role in supporting and delivering organisational change.

Workshop 6

Change and Personal Resilience

Maintaining personal resilience in the face of multiple changes and challenges.

The final module will conclude with a short reflective activity, including a consideration of continuing leadership development.

How to apply

To book a link please follow the booking link above or contact for more information.

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Jean Chandler

Key Associate
Advance HE
Jean Chandler
Jean is an Associate Consultant with Advance HE having previously held the role of Assistant Director Membership for Scotland until Oct 2018. Her career background includes General & Human Resources Management in the NHS Scotland and HE, latterly as Head of Staff and Organisational Development at University of Glasgow.
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My learning experiences - transitioning to senior management

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Making the transition from Head of Partnership to a senior leadership role for the Secondary PGCE programme at the University of Roehampton, Ruth Seabrook shares her thoughts on Advance HE's Transition to Leadership course she attended and the benefits gained since.

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