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Leadership Development – get it right first time!!


I am currently looking at the design and implementation of a Leadership Development Programme within the engineering industry. I have a few queries which I would be very interested in hearing your views on. I want to research the practicalities in this area as much as possible as its something i don't want to fall flat on its face, as I feel the managers will be reluctant to try it for a second time.

I am thinking of adopting arts based training to help shift the traditional view of some training methods - to be used on some aspects such as communication, negotiating conflict etc. Has anyone used or would recommend this type of training?

We have a leadership guide for 'leaders' to refer to which outlines what is expected of them. Is this advisable or can it be too much of a 'blueprint'?

Any recommendations on external providers who can take on a large scale leadership development programme (aprox 160 people)?

Any views or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks


5 Responses

  1. interested in working with arts approach
    what does that mean in relationship to leadership development?

    sounds very interesting

  2. Arts based leadership
    Try CPD Training in Liverpool.They operate in Matthew Street!!!
    0151 236 0006
    Good luck! I bet IDS would have liked your approach!


  3. look at it holistically
    Damian, this sounds like a big project, which no-one would want to get wrong! What I would say firstly is that leadership is absoutely core to the effectiveness of an organisation so it needs 200% buy-in from the Directors, which means they participate in designing the programme. It needs to be culturally harmonious with the way things are or are meant to be. Other aspects of the organisation need to be integrated into the programme ie strategic planning, performance management, other training initiatives. Contact me if you’d like me to expand


  4. Thanks….Arts Based Training
    Thanks for everyone’s comments, very much appreciated. Senior Management are on board are backing this programme 100% so hopefully that has a snow ball effect. It emerged from Employee Opinion Survey that L’ship was an area to work on. In reply to Lorna’s question, I feel that the emergence of Drama Based Training (DBT) it can form a new and fresh approach to training which really involves the Leaders. There was a FAQs with some providers on TrainingZone ( Having talked to a few DBT providers I have been impressed with their proposals for Leadership Development. I have heard the viewpoint of the providers and the theory behind it and a few client comments from major organisations and they are impressed and continue to use it in a multitude of areas. Is it the way forward?? I think so, to ask your leaders to be more creative and express vision, the compant must act as a catalyst in implementing this transition. DBT i think may act as the springboard as it is in itself new and innovative and even the evaluation process can be a different and interactive event as well. I have heard the adavantages and plus side….but no feedback from people who felt it didnt hit the spot and why not!

  5. Managerial Development through NLP Perhaps?
    We have successfully used a company called ‘ODDBALL’ here at Vauxhall, Luton for 300+ staff and business leaders.
    They base training upon NLP methodology, and as the name suggests, have a very different ‘on your feet!’ approach to training.
    They come highly recommended and could add some flavour into some or all of your training sessions.
    Further details upon request by e-mail.


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