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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. The course addresses the power of diversity and gives delegates tools for progression and enhanced visibility. It is about community, authenticity and enhancing the skills you leverage and those you currently don’t.  
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 are advantageous in the workplace. Next, we will focus on identifying and developing your leadership style, preparing for career progression, and co-coaching one another towards new goals and objectives.  

This is also an opportunity for line managers to gain more awareness of the unique challenges faced by staff of Black, Asian and other marginalised ethnic backgrounds.   During the programme’s delivery period, we will offer managers sessions that will guide them on allyship, inclusive leadership and how to best support participants.

Emerging Leaders is a blended learning and development programme: combining e-learning, face-to-face sessions, online webinars, action learning, buddying and reflective practice. Coaching is a key element of the course: you will learn new coaching skills, work with a buddy to practice peer-to-peer coaching and receive 1:1 attention from an Emerging Leaders coach.  

About the programme 

The Emerging Leaders programme represents a commitment of 3 months as learners embark on a leadership development journey as part of a supportive community of peers. The commitment is around 1 to 2 hours of learning per week (approx. 40 hours)  

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • A deeper understanding of skills, knowledge and behaviours is needed to develop successfully as a leader. 
  • Enhanced personal influencing and confident negotiation skills 
  • Greater self-awareness around building a personal profile to gain 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

Applications for 2022/23 are now open for UCL Staff. Please use the Application Form to apply, and please see the Nomination Process Page for more information on timelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

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