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Unlocking the Creative Leader

Senior leaders are responsible for shaping and driving the narrative of their institution, across and beyond their institution’s boundaries. Setting the vision, creating compelling strategies and communicating with stakeholders are essential to leading a successful and inspirational organisation.

Unlocking the Creative Leader is an intensive three-day programme that explores how to lead with conviction, clarity and creativity. Reflection and practical techniques are used to create sustainable and useful outputs that participants use. There will also be the opportunity to build peer networks with colleagues.

The programme takes place over three days in English countryside settings chosen to inspire you. Our next cohort will take place in Hampshire in January 2019.


You’ll gain a clear understanding of your leadership and how to convey this when you communicate about institutional strategy, vision and mission. Using a wide variety of approaches, the programme facilitators will encourage you to experiment with fresh and creative perspectives through which to express your ‘leadership signature’. As a result, you will achieve greater buy-in by being authentic to yourself and clear to your audiences.

The programme will challenge and support you to:

  • Be successful in influencing and inspiring others in your institution
  • Lead through creating and communicating a shared strategic narrative for your institution and its distinctive role in the Higher Education sector
  • Learn and practise how to motivate colleagues and external audiences through clear and authentic written and spoken communications
  • Co-create an open culture in which to work on during the programme, alongside peers from other institutions

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Your programme experience

Unlocking the Creative Leader uses leadership and communication techniques to challenge assumptions about the way leadership can be practised, and to encourage you to discover a distinctive voice to communicate your leadership.

With your two facilitators, you’ll work through a sequence of group tasks and individual writing activities designed to help you to define and project your identity as a leader.

You will then work on creating approaches to communicating your leadership signature across and beyond your institution, and practise using these approaches in a supportive, confidential environment.

Our outline programme structure covers:

Day 1

  • Establishing the working climate
  • Exploring the narrative challenges for your leadership
  • Introduction to creative action learning: generating micro-stories

Day 2

  • Deepening our individual and collective sense of leadership identity
  • Your organisation’s strategy: converted and translated into different genres
  • Writing a narrative of the organisation’s future journey

Day 3

  • Using scenarios to map a future for your areas of leadership responsibility
  • Creative action learning: the story of impact of your leadership on your organisation, and how you can strengthen it
  • Writing authentic leadership blogs

This programme will rely on devoting attention and feedback to each individual participant on their own work on writing and communication.

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Cadnam, near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO40 2NR.
Hornington Manor Farm, Oxton Lane, Bolton Percy, York, YO23 7AS
Cadnam, near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO40 2NR.
Location Venue Dates Time Price inc. VAT   Status
Hampshire Bartley Lodge Hotel 15 – 17 Jan 2019 10:00h – 16:00h £2,400.00 Registration Closes
Jan 08, 2019 6:00PM


Bartley Lodge Hotel

15 – 17 Jan 2019

10:00h – 16:00h

£2,400.00 inc. VAT


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Yorkshire Hornington Manor 12 – 14 Mar 2019 10:00h – 16:00h £2,400.00 Registration Closes
Mar 05, 2019 6:00PM


Hornington Manor

12 – 14 Mar 2019

10:00h – 16:00h

£2,400.00 inc. VAT


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Hampshire Bartley Lodge Hotel 11 – 13 Jun 2019 10:00h – 16:00h £2,400.00 Registration Closes
Jun 04, 2019 6:00PM


Bartley Lodge Hotel

11 – 13 Jun 2019

10:00h – 16:00h

£2,400.00 inc. VAT


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Programme Directors


Dr Paul Gentle, Academic DirectorPaul Gentle

A leadership expert, Paul has dedicated the last ten years to creating and delivering leadership development programmes in higher education. Read Paul’s full profile.


John Simmons, Director and Programme Facilitator

Through his books and consultancy, John is widely considered the leading exponent of more expressive words as an essential element of communication for brands and organisations. Read John’s full profile.


Jamie Jauncey, Director and Programme Facilitator

Jamie Jauncey has spent several decades helping organisations and individuals to find their voices and tell their stories. Read Jamie’s full profile.


Stuart Delves photoStuart Delves, Director and Programme Facilitator

Stuart Delves co-founded Dark Angels in 2004 – a decade on, into ‘the daring night’ with Invisible Grail. Read Stuart’s full profile.


Locations and venues


Bartley Lodge

Steeped in history, this beautiful 18th century, Grade II listed hotel, is situated on the outskirts of the New Forest near Lyndhurst. Once a private hunting lodge, the hotel retains both an old-world charm whilst nodding to more modern features (including a swimming pool). A winning feature of this venue is its commitment to locally sourced produce, which we’ll enjoy over the course of this three day programme.

A: Cadnam, Near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO40 2NR

W: https://www.newforesthotels.co.uk/bartley-lodge-hotel/


Hornington Manor

A hidden gem in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, Hornington Manor is Grade II listed house set amongst 300 acres of green pastures. En-suite bedrooms, flagstone kitchens and a sunlit converted barn which we’ll use during the course of the programme all combine to create a homely and away-from-it-all feel. Located near the small village of Bolton Percy, the Manor is only 10 miles from the centre of York and 20 miles from Leeds.

A: Hornington Manor Farm, Oxton Lane, Bolton Percy, York, YO23 7AS

W: https://www.horningtonmanor.co.uk/


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