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Durham University

Organisation Development

Durham University Leadership Attributes Programme

A development programme for Senior Leaders across the University consisting of attendance at live webinars and Leadership Cafés.

Participation in the programme enables a track to gain Fellowship of The Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM).

Durham University Leadership Attributes Webinars

A series of six webinars supporting Durham University's Leadership Attributes of:

These will be led by an expert in the field and will run for 45 minutes plus 15 minutes of questions. This series will run every other month starting in January and in the interim month there will be the opportunity to join a peer “Leadership Attributes Café" (further information below). A number of sessions have been arranged:

  1. 28th January 14:00 - 15:00 Trust with Kate Cooper, MBA; MEd, BSc, PGCE, PG Dip, FInstLM Head of Research, Policy and Standards at The Institute of Leadership & Management. Kate is a regular commentator on television, radio, records a weekly podcast, is a columnist in Dialogue and Edge journals and frequent speaker at conferences in UK and abroad. (Supports Inspiring and Engaging to Achieve Results). You can view the recording of the webinar here, the slides here and the 2021 Edleman Trust Barmoneter here.

  2. 24th March 11:00 - 12:00 Compassionate Leadership with Heather Monro, executive coach, and founder of Brightspace. The session will explore compassion as a powerful characteristic of higher level leadership and why this level of leadership is exactly what’s needed to navigate the complexity of our times. (Supports Taking Ownership by Providing Leadership and Direction)

  3. 11th May 10:00 - 11:00 Supporting and Creating a Respectful and Enabling Culture with Andrew Scott, external facilitator and coach. Emotional Intelligence refers to our ability to understand and manage emotions in ourselves and in others. This session will explore the specific behaviours that such leaders demonstrate, and how to build on strengths and address and areas for improvement. (Supports Creating a Respectful and Enabling Culture)

  4. July TBC - Leading Change and Encouraging Creativity and Innovation (Supports Leading Change and Encouraging Creativity and Innovation)

  5. September TBC - Unlocking talent and performance at work - "The power of personalization" with Rob Baker, founder of Tailored Thinking, an evidence-based positive psychology, wellbeing and HR consultancy who were named Best HR and L&D Consultancy of the Year 2020 by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). (Supports Inspiring and Engaging)

  6. November TBC - will support the Attribute:Taking Ownership by Providing Leadership and Direction with Sylvia Baumgartner, Director, Labyrinth Coaching & Consulting

Durham University Leadership Attributes Cafés

The Leadership Cafés will support the webinar series and will make a significant contribution to actions arising from the Respect Commission, specifically relating to impacting inclusive leadership behaviours. Themes for each event will be directly linked to the Durham Leadership Attributes series of webinars.

The opportunity and process of networking within the Leadership Café supports the concept of ‘Learning in the flow of work’, a term first coined by Josh Bersin (2018). A body of research supports this approach and draws upon the evolution of workplace learning, considering economic as well as technological changes. Notably Lombardo et al’s (1996) study considered the key development factors which lead to leadership and management effectiveness and success. It identified both experiential and social learning as key.

These virtual events are intended as a forum for our most senior leaders across Durham who lead people or projects and are keen to engage and network with each other. Effectively it facilitates sharing ideas and thoughts in an informal café style of conversation.

Leadership Café Aim – Start a conversation: Share, collaborate and innovate.

How will it work?

As stated themes for the events will follow the Durham Leadership Attributes Webinar Series.

A Leadership Café ‘MS Teams’ will be set up in order to nurture a leadership Community of Practice.

- Helping to facilitate colleagues being able to continue discussions in between the Leadership Cafés’

- Inform future Café topics and themes

- Provide a platform for a continuous approach to leadership learning.

Events will run using MS Teams, will be recorded and shared on the Leadership Café MS Teams.

Members of the OD team will be attending but they are not always necessarily going to lead the session – this is an opportunity for an engaged leadership community to develop and for networks to be developed.

Themes and event calendar

12th February 10:00 - 11:15: Trust (Attribute: Inspiring and Engaging to Achieve Results)

28th April 10:00 - 11:15: Compassionte Leadership (Attribute: Taking Ownership by Providing Leadership and Direction)

15th June 14:00 - 15:15: Supporting and Creating a Respectful and Enabling Culture (Attribute: Creating a Respectful and Enabling Culture)

18th August 14:00 - 15:15: Leading Change and Encouraging Creativity and Innovation (Attribute: Leading Change and Encouraging Creativity and Innovation)

20th October 14:00 - 15:15: Unlocking Talent and Performance at work (Attribute: Inspiring and Engaging to Achieve Results)

14th December: 10:00 - 11:15 TBC (Attribute: Taking Ownership by Providing Leadership and Direction)

To access the agenda for the Cafés please click here.