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Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders: a leadership and development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff at UCL grades 5, 6 & 7

A positive, celebratory programme, rooted in culture and experience, Emerging Leaders is a programme to help engage your leadership potential and inspire your goals. 
We will create a safe space to discuss themes of race, culture, leadership and your career development, acknowledging the different experiences that have shaped us. We start from the viewpoint that our diverse knowledge and lived experience is an advantage in the workplace. We will focus on identifying and developing your leadership style, preparing for career progression, and co-coaching one another towards new goals and objectives.  
We will also work with your line manager to help raise awareness of the unique challenges facing staff of Black, Asian and other marginalised ethnic backgrounds, to provide them with guidance on allyship and inclusive leadership. For managers/sponsors Emerging Leaders provides an opportunity to refresh your leadership skills and enhance your practice. 
Emerging Leaders is a blended learning and development programme: combining e-learning, online webinars, action learning, buddying and reflective practice. The entire programme is underpinned by coaching: you will learn new coaching skills, work with a buddy to practice peer-to-peer coaching and 1:1 attention from an Emerging Leaders coach. 

About the programme 

The Emerging Leaders programme represents a commitment of 5 months as learners embark on a journey of leadership development as part of a supportive community of peers. The commitment is around 1 to 2 hours of learning per week.  

  • Open to all staff on grades 5 to 7 who may not yet be leaders of people

  • Supports a deeper understanding of leadership skills and knowledge, with reflection on personal progression.

  • Particular focus on being a leader from a BAME background, and dealing with personal and structural barriers.

  • Requires line-manager, or senior sponsor of the candidate to to attend one session on the Inclusive Leadership Programme (approx. 3 hours)

Learning outcomes

As a result of undertaking this leadership programme you will have:

  • Deeper understanding of skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to develop successfully as a leader. 

  • Enhanced personal influencing and confident negotiation skills 

  • Greater self-awareness around building a personal profile with a view to gaining greater recognition and visibility

  • Participated in an ongoing supportive network of peers who share a common goal to develop their careers 

  • Techniques and approaches to develop and enhance team & stakeholder relationships 

How to apply

This course is run through a nominations process, you can find full details about the process, including application dates, by clicking the link below.

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