Being a head of department is a significant step on the leadership career ladder but it does come with the additional day to day challenges associated with the leadership of front line academic and professional departments. Above and beyond the day to day, departmental leaders are asked to rise to challenges around commercial viability, conflicting priorities and managing their own, and their team’s well-being.
Leading change in HE requires influencing those in senior positions in their institution, as well as peers and reports. A highly experiential programme, Leading Departments is designed to engage new and experienced heads of departments, services or schools to explore and practice the skills they need to build the alliances and partnerships needed to effect sustainable change in their area
Who is Leading Departments for?
This innovative programme is designed for those who may have had previous experience of managing small teams, but are still at an early stage in their role as head of department, service or school.
The programme is designed to be suitable for you whether you have an academic background and are leading a teaching, research or knowledge transfer department or have a professional service background and are leading an administrative or a professional service, for example, student support services, information technology service, marketing, or campus services.
This innovative residential programme takes a highly experientialapproach to exploring and practising new skills and behaviours necessary for successful department or school leadership. At the core of this programme is a continuous and progressing simulation, which challenges participants to explore themes of commercial viability, partnership building and balancing priorities, alongside the day to day realities of leading a department or school.
The two residential modules, each taking place over two full days enable delegates to build a supportive and often long-lasting network of peers to share experiences, provide feedback and celebrate success.
Delegates will also benefit from additional pre-module resources in the form of two substantial content driven vodcasts to watch asynchronously as part of their preparation for the module.
Taking place over four months, Leading Departments consists of:
- A two-day module on ‘Influence’ examines the role of influence, partnership and alliance in leading and planning and delivering change at a departmental level and beyond.
- A two-day module focused on people, internal politics and power dynamics, addresses challenging issues such as performance, conflict resolution and self-positioning as a leader.
- 360-degree diagnostic and coaching session to identify personal strengths and development goals
- Group coaching, peer coaching, feedback and reflective practice baked into the modules to ensure embedded learning and clear intention setting..
- Asynchronous activity in the form of a private programme network group set up to support the sharing of resources
- Two vodcasts, one before each module, to prime and prepare you with key ideas, core leadership and communication models and some reflective questions.
A two-day module on ‘Influence’ examines the role of influence, partnership and alliance in leading and planning and delivering change at a departmental level and beyond.
HE-TLQ 360 Online Diagnostic
In between module one and two, you will be asked to complete an HE-TLQ 360 Online Diagnostic. This includes a 1-2-1 coaching feedback session.
A two-day module focused on people, internal politics and power dynamics, addresses challenging issues such as performance, conflict resolution and self-positioning as a leader. Participants explore a coach-as-leader approach, deepening their coaching and feedback skills.
Share and celebrate your achievements with digitally recognised learning
For much of our portfolio for 2022-23 the learning of event attendees and programme participants and conference, symposia and colloquia presenters will be digitally recognised.
This makes it easy for you to share and celebrate your achievements by adding them to your email signature or including them in your social profiles including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Your learning certificates can also be easily verified and downloaded as a pdf.
Participants benefit from the opportunity to explore the use and balance of intellectual, emotional and political intelligences in facing day-to-day challenges. They also have the chance to identify their own leadership styles and preferences, and consider the implications of these for the leadership of performance. Participants will also benefit from the ability to reflect on their 360-degree feedback and apply the insights gained to focus their own plans for personal development.
The simulated environments approach used on the programme is incredibly powerful and impactful. These environments challenge participants to confront complex, highly interwoven performance management and operational issues and explore motivation as a way of achieving their own and others’ high performance.