Preparing for Leadership

Preparing for Leadership is a two-day professional development programme to run with research staff. It is suitable for researchers who are starting to take leadership roles or who wish to take on more leadership roles in the future.

This two-day programme uses an experiential, coaching and action-learning approach to guide early career researchers through aspects of leadership, such as, leading the self, intellectual leadership, and team leadership.

The programme is suitable for researchers of all disciplines, and particularly benefits from bringing together mixed groups of disciplines, departments, and institutions.

Why attend this programme?

Participants will benefit from this programme if they would like to

  • assess their current position
  • identify where they would like to progress to and what it takes to be in that role
  • have a plan to get there

Through the programme, participants will

  • appreciate the critical situations that have led them to be successful to date
  • consider what leadership might mean
  • have an insight into their preferences
  • clarify the tasks that are expected now and in future roles
  • identify the areas of competency that are required for the next steps into leadership positions
  • create a vision and implement their strategy
  • decide the culture they want to create
  • decide how to get the best out of other people
  • plan to develop themselves to do all of these things more effectively
  • appreciate what is important and essential in any future role
  • develop a peer network

RDF learning outcomes

The learning outcomes, mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) are



Development of this programme

This programme has been extensively piloted around the UK and has been revised in response to feedback. The programme was extremely well received by researchers and observers, who included researcher developers, academics, and senior managers.

If you would like to offer any feedback or contribute to the further development of this programme, please .

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