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CEL launches new leadership programmes

Topics like 'How top leaders establish and maintain credibility' and 'the use of rational and political processes to steer change?' will be tackled in the latest masterclasses from the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL).

CEL provides leadership development programmes for a wide range of staff working in post-16 education and training within the learning and skills sector. This includes first-line, middle and senior managers in further education colleges, training organisations, work-based learning and adult and community learning, as well as college principals and chief executives.

The two new masterclasses are 'Top leader journey: surviving reform, sustaining innovation and revitalising leadership' and 'Leading change: the politics of the possible'. These will be tailored to fit the needs of leaders and managers in learning and skills education and training. The first masterclass, Leading diverse organisations, took place in April.

"It is imperative that we are responsive and address current issues. One way we can do this is through the new masterclass programme”, says CEL’s chief executive, Lynne Sedgmore. “Participants will be able to take away from each event tools and techniques which will have immediate practical applications in their own workplace, as well as leading edge thinking and approaches.”

Each masterclass lasts one day and costs £250. The classes are based on interactive sessions in which participants discuss the latest leadership practices, explore and challenge current thinking and provide an environment to learn new ideas.

Top leader journey is aimed at principals, directors and senior executives with major strategic responsibilities in post-16 education and training. Its key themes will be how leaders prepare for taking on a top role, how leaders develop themselves and others and how leaders vitalise and sustain performance. This masterclass will incorporate recent research from Ashridge Business School (one of the partners in CEL), which offers insights into how executives and principals learn and grow into their jobs. Participants will also receive a full copy of the research report.

Leading change is aimed at senior or middle managers responsible for change management. Leadership of change involves micro-political skill as well as firmness of vision as change is often achieved by steering through a minefield of resistance, vested interests and competing goals. Themes in this masterclass include how organisational politics work, managing micro-political situations and the challenging question 'How Machiavellian are you?'

CEL was launched in October 2003. It is run by a partnership led by Lancaster University Management School and the Learning and Skills Development Agency, supported by Ashridge Business School and the Open University.

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