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Can outstanding leadership be taught?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
09:00 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Partnership Workshop:

Can outstanding leadership be taught?


  • Tracy Cullen, chief executive, Croydon Churches Housing Association
  • Sean Larkins, director of strategy and planning, the Central Office of Information
  • Gemma Pearson, researcher, The Work Foundation

The Workshop:

In January 2010, The Work Foundation proposed a set of principles and behaviours that combined to create outstanding leadership; a leadership approach that the research revealed would enable high engagement and high performance.

The challenge for organisations is whether these principles can be developed in others. Are these principles deeply ingrained within certain individuals who have a natural disposition to thinking or behaving in this way or can leaders nurture these tendencies so that, in time, they become a natural way of working? In other words, are outstanding leaders born or made?

Our latest report, Learning and living the principles of outstanding leadership, explores the development of 12 leaders, over eight months, who participated in our Enabling Outstanding Leadership Programme. This workshop will be an opportunity to understand more about the outcomes and learning to better understand what it takes to develop our leaders.

Some of the questions that will be addressed include:

  • Is it possible to develop in leaders the principles and behaviours associated with outstanding leadership?
  • What were the successes from the leadership programme?
  • Which elements were more challenging to develop?

Who should attend?

Directors of strategy, directors of HR, heads of learning and development, and anyone interested in understanding how to embed effective leadership into organisations.

Why should people attend?

The aim of this practical event is to provide our partners with insights to inform their own organisation’s practice and an opportunity to learn the views of others through a lively and provocative debate.



This event is exclusively for partners with The Work Foundation
and there is no fee to attend.

To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number.

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