20th Oct – 8th Dec 2020 09:00 – 16:30
Addressing complex sustainability challenges requires innovative approaches and adaptive ways of working to be able to engage widely and lead effective change programmes, the Emerging Leaders Programme is designed for sustainability professionals tacking these challenges, providing leadership skills and tools to also support career development
Take advantage of the 20% off discounted rate if your institution sends three or more delegates to the Emerging Leaders Programme 2020.
The Emerging Leaders Programme is built around 3 core questions:
1. What personal skills, knowledge and behaviours do I need to develop in order to maximise my impact as a change advocate for sustainability?
2. How can I influence and support sustainable sustainability change within my organisation; exploring the nature of the organisation’s processes, structures and dynamics?
3. What are the next global challenges for the sustainability movement; how to maximise horizon scanning, using this for organisational and personal growth?
The programme explores concepts and practices of leadership, often a challenge when formal ‘line management’ responsibility is absent. We consider how other sectors have tackled these areas; these include education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors. We invite ‘expert witnesses’ from these sectors to share their perspectives.
The programme is facilitated by a team that includes experienced Directors of Sustainability, Directors of Estates and Organisational/Leadership Development specialists. There is a core team of three facilitators for every session, and other experts join the team at relevant sessions.
Who should attend?
The EAUC Emerging Leaders Programme is for sustainability professionals who are leading organisation-wide behaviour change and sustainability projects.
The programme is open to delegates from all sectors of the economy – the principles are universally applicable and the skills transferable.
The programme will be delivered over a six-month period with five face-to-face content sessions and five virtual action learning set sessions, which will be set by agreement with the group.
Sessions will take place on the following dates in central Birmingham:
24th November and
8th December 2020
The face to face sessions will be facilitated by the programme directors. Time is made available for individual and group reflection and discussion. Sharing perspectives is a key aspect of the programme. We use various ‘diagnostics’ and apply models to help increase understanding of personal and organisational dynamics.
We have a bespoke virtual learning environment and encourage delegates to participate in the programme blog in- between sessions. All session content is available in the VLE as a resource for future reference and alumni of the programme have ongoing access rights.
The action learning sets take place using robust on-line conferencing software which is provided as part of the programme. Action learning is a confidential, practical group-based activity where individuals can raise their ‘hot topics’ and be supported to deal with them. The topics discussed are often applicable to others in the group and this is an opportunity to ‘share, inspire and be inspired’.
Each delegate is provided with a mentor, one of the EAUC Fellows who has been briefed in mentoring. Mentoring continues after the end of the programme as one form of support for projects that have been identified. Projects have been identified by each delegate as being significant for their organisation and to which they can apply the concepts and tools explored during the programme.
The programme does not carry academic credit at this stage; however much of the content maps with curricula set by validating bodies and may well be useful for accreditation of prior learning at a future date.
Get 20% off discounted rate if your institution sends three or more delegates to the Emerging Leaders Programme 2020.
Educational EAUC HE Members - £1,500 - Discounted to £1,200
Educational EAUC FE Members - £1,300 - Discounted to £1,040
Company EAUC Members - £2,000 - Discounted to £1,600
Corporate Non-Members - £3,000 - Discounted to £2,400
Please email us if you are interested in attending, please email Claire to register your interest
2019 Emerging Leaders Programme attendees reflected on their experience:
Joanne Robinson-Cheale - Sustainability Partner at Science Museum Group said:
"I took part in the emerging leaders programme to put some structure around the mammoth task in front of me to instil a sustainable culture in a large organisation. As a result I have a much deeper understanding of different styles of leadership, tools to engage colleagues and a great network of people working a variety of roles. I would recommend the programme to anyone new to a leadership role, it will help you identify your strengths and the areas you need to work on, introduce a reflective practice and give you the confidence to advocate for yourself."
Tim Allen - Sustainability Coordinator at The University of Sheffield said:
“Having a group of people alongside me trying the same things was reassuring that they faced the same issues. The action learning sets are a wonderful idea – it is amazing how simple coaching questions, asked by your peers, can help you unlock a new perspective and new confidence from inside yourself. I have also really enjoyed having a mentor allocated through the programme - it's good to humanise more senior colleagues that I now look up to, and to recognise that they've been on a similar journey, and that their journey continues.”
Špela Raposa - Environment Resources Manager at University of Strathclyde said:
“Overall, the Emerging Leaders Programme helped strengthen my project planning, influencing and management skills, but also the ability to evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. I think it’s a great tool for personal development and goals, especially for those who are just starting out on their sustainability leadership journey”
Without their managers support, the Emerging Leaders Programme attendees would not have been able to gain this important set of skills.
In support of this, Jo–Anne Shields, Sustainability Manager at Loughborough University added:
"My colleagues benefited greatly from attending this programme that has improved their confidence and helped them to develop practical leadership skills. I have noticed a significant change in their approach to managing workload and projects and a real shift in attitude and engagement with others."