Exclusive to Future of London members, Leaders Plus was created in 2013 as a “next level” to the Future London Leaders programme, and is now in its fourth round. Where FLL focuses on personal development, guiding practitioners toward leadership, Leaders Plus provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility.
Candidates come from different disciplines, but all manage complex projects and/or organisational initiatives. Practitioners are not required to have undertaken Future London Leaders, but must have some leadership or related training. The current cohort is here – for the first time, the group includes four private-sector candidates, for more meaningful dialogue.
Designed with ongoing input from alumni and senior practitioners, the nine-month course includes seminars, workshops and masterclasses. The sessions provide candidates with senior insight, mentoring and useful contacts, as well as take-aways to be used back at the office.
Leaders Plus programme goals are to:
- Build skills, confidence and resource base across a range of stakeholder-focused tasks, from finding project funding to facing the press;
- Help translate theoretical best practice in leadership, engagement and delivery into real-world use;
- Provide a safe space to discuss the difficult questions arising with greater responsibility; and
- Develop candidates’ network and exposure to senior professionals across regeneration, housing, planning, funding and transport.
Key elements of the programme include:
Mentoring: Each candidate is matched with an appropriate senior mentor from the public or private sector, ensuring an ongoing forum for individual development.
Leadership: Focus on enhancing leadership skills gained through FLL and other career development, to reflect candidates’ greater experience and challenges. Modules delivered by Urbancanda‘s Miffa Salter and Brennan Jacoby.
External Affairs: Expert-led sessions on project vision, effective consultation, navigating politics and change, and media/messaging help candidates negotiate and communicate clearly, even in times of chaos.
Delivery: Nuts-and-bolts senior seminars, led by highly experienced directors and practitioners working across the sector, look at topics such as negotiation, viability and procurement.
Case study: Each round also uses a live case study to connect theoretical and strategic sessions to the outside world. Round 3’s case study area was Hackney Wick & Fish Island. This round’s focus is Deptford, with issues around strong but changing communities, the masterplanning process, Build-to-Rent development, major sites, gentrification, the use of markets and creative workspace, waterfront considerations and more.
Final presentation: The programme closes with fast-paced ‘Proposal for London’ presented to a senior cross-sector audience. Candidates are invited to tackle any aspect of the case study using skills gained on the course and propose a solution (for Deptford or transposed to their own area). We provide an audience that includes potential champions, contacts, funding or other support for their ideas.
NEW: In addition to the private-sector infusion, all candidates present on what they’ve learned to their home organisation to graduate, and course materials are now online for the group and their teams to use.
We’re grateful to Argent LLP, joining as lead sponsor from the 2016-17 round, to to Lewis Silkin for hosting the classroom-based sessions, and to Campbell Tickell and Hadley Property Group for supporting previous rounds.
The Leaders Plus Prospectus can be downloaded here [PDF].
For further information on this or our other Leadership programmes, please contact Sabrina Belle.
Leaders Plus is sponsored by Argent, Lewis Silkin and Hadley Property Group