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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.

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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, team, and change leadership approaches within your organisational context. By increasing your self-awareness and exploring how you can influence and inspire others, you will learn new approaches to manage difficult situations, improve colleague engagement and empower change. Transition to Leadership will allow you to develop:

  • 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 relational skills, to support achievement by others that you work with
  • Your capabilities as a team leader and builder, to optimise your team or project groups performance
  • Your role in enabling and empowering organisational change
  • Your self-awareness and reflective practice
"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
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How is the programme delivered?

The programme is delivered over a period of 4-5 months. You can expect to spend up to 3 hours between modules, in addition to 3-hour workshops.

There are 6 x 3 hour long workshops, held approximately 3 weeks apart. You will be invited to prepare for each workshop. This preparation is likely to take up to 1 hour and may include completing a diagnostic or self-assessment, reading, structured self-reflection or other activities to support your personal insight and learning. Electronic copies of any slides and materials will be provided to all participants in advance of each workshop.

Between each module, there will be 5 x 1 hour long self-organised action learning peer groups. These will be scheduled in the Introduction workshop at mutually convenient times for group members. In workshop 1, participants will be introduced to a model for action learning, which will be used as a structure for peer group sessions.

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

What is the context in which you are working?

Context and culture
Purpose and alignment
Power and leadership

Workshop 2

How do you show up as a leader?

Value and motivation
Emotional intelligence
Leadership styles

Workshop 3

How do you build relationships?

Relationships and networks
Influence and empowerment

Workshop 4

How do you enable groups and teams?

Group in the individual
Decision making and taking

Workshop 5

How do you work with complexity and change?

Complex systems
People change

Workshop 6

What impact do you want to have?

Personal change
Reflective practice
Goal setting

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.

Sarah Hubbard

Senior Consultant in Leadership, Organisational Development and Research
Advance HE
Sarah Hubbard
Sarah Hubbard is a Senior Consultant in the Leadership, Organisational Development and Research team. In collaboration, Sarah’s work is focused on designing for and enabling participation and alignment, well-being and inclusion, leading to improved colleague engagement and performance, enhanced decision making and transformation.
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My learning experiences - transitioning to senior management

Ruth Seabrook

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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My Journey to a Leadership Role

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