Exploring Leadership programme

Developing effective and adaptive approaches to management & leadership

About the programme

This programme is aimed at Professional Services managers who currently lead a team of staff and/or are responsible for delivering a service to the University. Their roles will typically require them to interpret and implement strategy, manage operations and lead a team. They may also be seeking to develop their influence with more senior colleagues and across the University. Applicants would typically (but not exclusively) be at grades J, K or L.

Programme overview

This modular programme, taking place over six months, will incorporate an individual 360 feedback exercise (including a one to one session with a coach) and 4 workshop modules, the first of which is a two-day residential. There will be some self-directed learning and reading work to be undertaken between modules. Participants also take part in a reflective learning session typically 6 months after the programme closes. Further details are shown in the breakdown below:


By the end of this programme, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Review the changing face of higher education throughout the UK and how these changes are effecting HEIs
  • Explore the role of professional leader in its various guises
  • Share experience and ideas with a set of fellow leaders
  • Work in small groups to discuss specific leadership issues and plan actions to address these
  • Understand different leadership styles and identify their own leadership styles and preferences
  • Reflect on their impact on others through a process of 360 degree feedback and apply the insights gained to focus their own plans for personal development
  • Further develop their operational management capabilities and develop their confidence as a leader
  • Explore the nature of organisational change and models for leading it
  • Explore their approaches to conflict and develop strategies for tackling change, conflict and difficult conversations
  • Consider ways of improving team working and building the skills of delegation and prioritisation
  • Explore motivation as a way of achieving their own and others high performance
  • Explore the use and balance of intellectual, emotional and political intelligences in facing day-to-day challenges
  • Explore adaptive ways to influence process, policy and the wider organisation
  • Develop a personal action plan

2020-21 programme: We are currently revising our offer. We will publish any updates as soon as possible.

Programme structure

The main elements of the programme are:
  • A two-day residential
  • 3 one-day workshops
  • 360⁰ feedback process (including coaching feedback session)
  • A post-programme reflective learning half-day session

The course is very good, I felt really empowered after the first two days and the 360 made me look at things very differently (in a positive way). I met with my group for lunch last week - we have formed a circle of trust/support. I met some wonderful people and have built my network. I'm looking forward to the next study day and to engaging further with the group who have made me feel really supported. Its also provided reassurance in my management role that the issues/challenges I'm facing are similar to what others are so I've gained confidence in my ability.

2017-18 Exploring Leadership participant

I'm finding it a really positive experience, and I have to say that one of the best things is finding a group of staff who are at a similar level and dealing with similar issues to myself.

2016-17 Exploring Leadership participant

Contact us

Email sd-leadership@bristol.ac.uk or call ext. 40730

Programme dates and times

Edit this page