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Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action is a practical leadership programme for postdoctoral researchers.

Expressions of interest form currently closed

This course will run IN-PERSON, in June 2023. Details to follow.

Leadership in Action provides you with an opportunity to practise leadership skills in a safe environment. Crafted around the Resilient Leaders Development Programme,  it is action packed with a minimal amount of theoretical input. During the course you will undertake different activities in teams with each participant having the opportunity to lead. The course culminates in an activity that invites you to take your leadership beyond the three days and drive forward an initiative.

You will be supported in your learning by experienced coaches who will offer insights into how you operate in a leadership role.  You will work with researchers drawn from across different disciplines and from different universities. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with a colleague to gain more personal insights and practice your coaching capability, which is an additional leadership skill.

This course gives you the opportunity to practise your leadership skills. It will also help you:

  • understand the impact of leadership styles on those being led
  • influence people towards a common goal/purpose
  • receive feedback on personal leadership styles and identify how these can be developed further
  • engage with researchers from a variety of disciplines backgrounds and career stages.
The leadership activities were exceptional.
— Leadership in Action participant

This course runs online and in-person.

In-person: this is delivered in-person and you will get a chance to interact with researchers from London universities. It runs across three full (successive) days hosted at one of the partner institutions in London.

Online: this version covers the same number of hours as the in-person version in but is run across three weeks from 9.30 –12.00 for three mornings each week.  This version will also enable you to benefit from your peers in other universities and research institutes from a number of universities across the country.

NB: Limited space prioritised for postdocs. You must commit be able to attend all sessions. Researchers with a history of late cancellations or not showing up to Researcher Development training courses may not receive a place.

The course was a fantastic experience and I feel I learnt a lot!
— Leadership in Action participant
It was a great opportunity to be part of this programme.
— Leadership in Action participant
I would recommend this course as I have learnt so much over the past 3 weeks both at a professional and personal level.
— Leadership in Action participant
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