The development of an effective strategic leader in the volatile and challenging HE sector is rooted in their ability to connect with the institution’s purpose. It is through this connection that an effective leader can manage organisational change, develop emotional intelligence and personal resilience, handle sensitive issues and proactively engage in strategic response to sector issues or provocation.
Developing personal resilience, emotional intelligence and creativity
Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership provides a unique opportunity for new and aspiring senior institutional leaders to explore and develop their leadership identity. Framed by the Connected Leadership model, it is structured around four key leadership intelligences; emotional, social and political, cultural (or narrative) and inclusive. Through both theoretical and practical application of these, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership addresses the question of how to connect people with purpose; a key stratagem to creating successful strategic leadership.
Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership is an excellent programme, which helped me put personal experiences and academic learning into context within the wider issues of strategic leadership. The networking opportunities offered with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions is invaluable and is still maintained – long after programme has finished!"
Lorri Currie, Director Student Affairs/Head of Student Finance and Financial Support, University of Greenwich
Who is Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership for?
The programme has been designed for Heads of Departments, Schools, or academic subject centres; newly appointed Deans or those aspiring to the role; senior leaders up to and including Head or Director or their direct reports in professional services such as HR, Finance, Estates, Marketing, Library or Student Support.
Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership has been designed for operational managers who want to gain insight into the development of major strategic decisions in higher education institutions. The programme, which has been devised to be both challenging and empowering, emphasises innovation and creativity as a means to implement effective and sustainable change.
How is the programme delivered
Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership is two two-day modules set over the course of three months (PSSL 32 - starting 5 November 2019) or a four-day programme (PSSL 33 - starting 8 June 2020) consisting of:
• Group work
• An interactive forum theatre session
• Simulation exercises
• A 360-degree diagnostic
• Action learning sessions
What are the programme outcomes
The Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership programme provides participants with the opportunity to develop and reflect on their leadership identity. Participants will learn how to use narrative and stories to engage with their organisation and its people to develop shared purpose and collective commitment. This provides participants with the skills to manage change and sensitive issues, develop effective influence and negotiation skills and drive cultural development. The programme also provides an opportunity to plan personal development through group interaction and 360-degree feedback data.