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Feb 10—Jun 17, 2020
12 daysModules info
London, United Kingdom
GBP 6100 ≈USD 7859
GBP 508 per day


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About the course

The results of our 2013 survey with the HSJ confirmed what we already knew: that support for leadership development is key to enabling more female leaders to progress. Three years later, women globally are are still under-represented across all sectors in senior leadership levels.

Programme aims

  • To examine and articulate current work experience with reference to purpose (of person, role, organisation), systems, contexts and boundaries.
  • To explore so-called ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ dimensions of leadership.
  • To grasp opportunities to find, make and take up organisational roles more effectively, thus providing better leadership. 

  • To transform your contribution to achieving the aims of the organisation and sector.

How will you and your organisation benefit from this programme?

  • Improved personal and organisational performance.
  • Increased confidence, personal authority and presence.
  • A greater awareness of personal impact and effectiveness.
  • Increased emotional and political literacy.
  • A greater range of creative responses to challenging situations.
  • Increased leadership competence linked to corporate goals.

What will you do on this programme?

The programme is grounded in leadership theory and participants will also be encouraged to engage with current thinking and literature around leadership with, where appropriate, a specific focus on health and care. We will also examine historical and contemporary studies of women in leadership roles. The programme is highly experiential, taking a critical as well as reflective stance in terms of women, leadership and society.

Each of the four three-day modules looks at various aspects of leadership discourse and is supported by coaching, peer-to-peer support, reflective learning journals and action learning sets, in which participants will work on a live issue in their role. All participants will have access to online learning resources.


Before coming together as a group we ask you to complete a leadership assessment questionnaire. This will inform the individual, role-based, coaching that you will receive throughout the programme.

The modules

  • Module one is based at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, and the group take part in an immersive experience designed to explore your understanding of yourself and your role. This module is residential (two nights).
  • Module two builds on this work and encourages participants to consider their role within the system in which they work.
  • Module three builds further and encourages participants to focus on role in context.
  • Module four brings all elements together and considers the idea of connectivity to source, ie, purpose, values, and beliefs in relation to person, system and context, in more depth.

This year, for the first time we intend to run an additional optional module/overseas elective (self-funded) in Uganda.

Who should attend

While The King's Fund has a particular focus on supporting those involved in delivering health and care, we also appreciate the powerful contribution that diverse opinions and experiences can bring to leadership development. Therefore, in addition to applicants from the NHS, the private health care sector and social services, we welcome applicants from other public sector areas – such as police and prison services, education, housing services and the civil service – as well as encouraging applications from the voluntary and community sectors.

If you are a woman working at a senior level in your organisation and are passionate about, and committed to, improving your own performance, and that of your team and your organisation, then this programme is for you.

Trust the experts

Susie Perks-Baker

Susie Perks-Baker works in the leadership and organisational development team. She is the course director for the Athena programme and for the Emerging clinical leaders programme. In addition she co-directs the Integrating physical and mental health care learning network. Other work includes cons...


Rebekah O' Rourke

I was born on a sheep and grain station in NSW, Australia. I lived there until I went off to school in Sydney following my parent's divorce. I was very keen on sport, debating and the humanities. When I finished school, I moved to Melbourne and married very young. My career began with the har...


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