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Programme Details



The programme aims to address documented challenges faced by leaders who are in the minority and who are different to the ‘traditional’ concept of a leader.

It will do this by exploring the following:

  • Strategies to manage careers and prepare effectively for promotion opportunities.
  • Leadership in the context of the future world of work.
  • Managing organisational politics to build professional relationships and professional goals.
  • Understanding the impact and challenges of being a leader who brings difference to the traditional leadership space and developing strategies for success (servant and transformational leadership).
  • Being a role model for other minorities and building coalitions between different minority groups without being labelled ‘the diversity champion’.
  • Managing the challenges for constant scrutiny and expectations around performance, style, micro-aggressions, and stereotyping.
  • Understanding the challenges of working in a majority culture and retaining authenticity. Developing strategies to deal with others’ expectations of ‘leader’ behaviours and styles.
  • Developing a sense of leadership purpose that aligns with one’s values and responsibilities while helping to develop authenticity and trustworthiness.
  • Understand how to create space for learning, experimentation, and community (networks). Based on thinking that in general people are less likely to try out unfamiliar behaviours if they feel threatened, but this may be necessary for ‘minority leaders’ to help find and evolve their style.
  • The programme will provide a peer group coaching relationship.


Programme structure

Each module will cover a core theme and will consist of:

  • Pre-workshop activities,
  • live facilitated interactive learning (workshops), and
  • post-workshop activities.

Pre-workshop activities will include guided learning and reflection.

Post workshop activities will include:

  • Wideo podcasts from leaders who have overcome organisational and personal leadership challenges.
  • Reflective practice – themed reading and writing activities.
  • Interactive discussion forum – to enable participants to learn with and from each other on achievements and challenges that emerge across the programme

The programme will also be delivered through peer-to-peer coaching – participants will also meet in pairs to support each other through specific challenges. Participants will arrange to meet in pairs at least three times during the programme to support each other to work through specific challenges.

Workshop core themes:

8 June 2022.

Welcome by VC, opened by Senior Leader of Warwick University. Introduction to programme – philosophy, purpose, structure, learning and study cycle, reflective practice, and Q&A.

14 July 2022

Workshop 1:

  • Reflective practice and transformative learning: Introduction to reflective practice, models of reflection, gaining a deep understand of self.
  • Building resilience.
  • Reflective conversations practice.

Workshop 2:

  • Introduction to peer coaching: Theory, practice, models, and rules of engagement (ABC of presence).
  • Coaching practice session.

8 September 2022

Workshop 1:

  • Building self-awareness and understanding through story telling.
  • Using transformative learning and reflective practice.

Workshop 2:

  • Becoming your best self: Developing presence and purpose by connecting with your values, motives, and aligning behaviours (authenticity).

Participants meet with Vice Chancellor and Senior Team to deliver proposal/recommendation.

Participants meet in pairs for inter-module peer to peer coaching sessions.

10 November 2022

Workshop 1:

  • Embracing constructive conflict.
  • Using different conflict modes to manage difference and diversity.

Workshop 2:

  • Finding voice: Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable (adaptive learning) – in dialogue (raising difficult issues) and in new practices (shifting your mindset).

19 January 2023

Workshop 1:

  • Higher Education as a catalyst for personal and social transformation.
  • Working at the vocational, technological, and academic interface.

Workshop 2:

  • Evolving Future of work: Digital competencies and human soft skills - the T-shaped professionals - specialization and cross cutting knowledge.
  • Developmental Mindset.

Participants meet with Vice Chancellor and Senior Team.

Participants meet in pairs for inter-module peer to peer coaching sessions.

16 March 2023

Workshop 1: Harnessing emotional intelligence to adapt your leadership style to context.

Workshop 2: Building trust and influence for effective collaboration.

18 May 2023

Three peer pairs deliver presentations to sponsors/SLT on their experiences of the programme, learning and insights, actions for further development, and additional supports that would help for the programme.

Participants meet with Vice Chancellor and Senior Team.

Participants meet in pairs for inter-module peer to peer coaching sessions.

Additional activities:

  • 360 degree assessment.
  • Three coaching sessions.
  • Executive sponsor.
  • Guest speakers.
  • Executive dinner sessions.
  • Experience leadership in a different sector.



Our commitment

We will make sure that...

  • You receive written joining instructions setting out preparatory activities that has to be complete before the live workshops, the themes covered in the workshop and the post workshop activities.
  • The preparatory and post workshop activities provide clear and structured guidance in how to approach them.
  • Listen to your feedback (particularly the responses collected as part of the questionnaires we will ask you to complete) which can help improve design and delivery of the programme on an ongoing basis.
  • There is a safe and confidential safe space for you to share your experiences and have open and honest discussions about the challenges that you face as a leader.
  • There are a range of learning, growth and development opportunities provided for both individual and collective learning, development, growth and reflection.
  • A central portal (MyWBS) where you access all programme content (with the exception of the Reflective Journal.
  • To respond to your queries, questions and suggestions in a timely manner.
  • You are exposed to a diverse range of experienced leaders who will share their practice and lived experiences of tackling challenging issues whilst remaining aligned to their values and core beliefs.
  • There is a central coordination contact where you can report back on any technical issues.

Your commitment

To make this programme work for everyone we ask you to commit to the following:

  • To familiarise yourself with the design and structure of the programme.
  • Understand when each module begins and prioritise your time.
  • Fully engaging and committing to activities in live workshops.
  • Building on your learning from pre-workshop and live workshop activities.
  • Fully committing to engaging with and learning from your LEA 360.
  • Preparing for and fully engaging in and set up regular face to face meetings with your sponsors.
  • Fully engaging in the peer to peer coaching sessions.
  • Developing your skills as a reflective practitioner.