Live virtual or classroom delivery

Effective leadership

A flexible, modular programme for managers

The Effective Leadership programme draws on the best and latest thinking and research to provide training designed to meet the challenges of managing in challenging, unpredictable times.

Whether your managers lead remote, hybrid or on-site teams, the training is adapted to your circumstances. Six modules build into a comprehensive leadership programme, but also work as stand-alone sessions.

Delivered live by an expert leadership trainer, the ‘virtual training’ format provides an engaging group learning experience that can fit around the working day with minimal disruption. Traditional classroom delivery is also available.

About the sessions

For every manager and leader, the central challenge is to harness the skills and energy of others to the aims of the organisation. So at every level, effective management is key to an organisation’s long-term success – particularly during uncertain and challenging times.

Whether managing a single-site, remote or hybrid team, the best managers can get the maximum possible effort from every team member whilst maintaining happy working relationships, wellbeing and a sense of shared purpose. Here, providing structure and feedback, and maintaining excellent communications are vital.

Our Effective Leadership programme helps delegates develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become more successful managers. They blend traditional leadership skills with tips, tools and technologies to help improve teamwork in dispersed teams, and build an understanding of the challenges faced by team members working in different contexts.

Sessions focus on building team cohesion, maintaining focus and structure, keeping all team members engaged, visible and motivated, and maintaining wellbeing and a sense of shared identity. Every delegate also gets access to additional post-course resources and email coaching support if needed.

How is the training delivered?

Virtual training provides a live and fully interactive training experience. Sessions are delivered by an experienced tutor, with plenty of chances to ask questions, participate and discuss experiences. 

Using Zoom, Teams, WebEx or Connect, delegates are able to see, hear and interact with the trainer and other participants in real time. The sessions are intensive, and last about 90 minutes, equipping delegates with a raft of instantly implementable techniques and a range of valuable insights and models.

In-person classroom delivery is also available.

Typical module content

We know that your requirements will depend on your sector, the roles, experience levels and seniority of the delegates, as well as any previous training undertaken. So we will work with you to design a programme that meets your needs head-on, whether that be a single session or a complete leadership programme spanning a range of topics. 

Below is an outline of the content for the comprehensive six module programme. Each module described can also be run as a stand-alone course in its own right. 

Session 1:
The principles of flexible leadership

  • Our current challenges
  • Adaptability and the role of today’s leader / manager
  • Using action-centred leadership to manage the task, build the team and support the individual
  • Understanding the focus versus motivation challenge for each team member
  • Using short-term goals to motivate your team and monitor productivity
  • Maintaining communication, collaboration, information parity and relationships across on-site, hybrid and remote teams
  • Ensuring inclusion
    Sustaining team morale, positivity and purpose
  • Developing a flexible leadership style
  • ‘Managing the Monkey’ – using a range of skills to develop team members’ ability to make better decisions and use their initiative

Session 2:
Managing performance and engagement

  • Understanding the business benefits of increasing staff engagement
  • 12 practical ways to boost engagement in your team
  • Understanding how increasing staff engagement improves staff retention
  • Ensuring trust, inclusion and a sense of belonging across the team
  • Understanding the links between emotional intelligence, effective leadership and organisational performance
  • Managing by outcomes
  • Holding effective 1:1s that are ‘check-ins’ rather than ‘checking-up’
  • Providing effective and performance-boosting feedback
  • Increasing ownership and accountability across the team

Session 3:
Meetings, Collaboration & Social Capital

  • Addressing digital exclusion and ensuring a level playing field for all team members, wherever they are based
  • Ensuring clear purpose, structure, and roles during meetings
  • Using meetings to drive things forward
  • Achieving engagement and holding productive discussions during meetings (in-person, hybrid or virtual)
  • Collaborating, disagreeing and brainstorming during meetings – tools and techniques
  • Building relationships with other teams across the organisation
  • Identifying problems by listening to what’s not being said
  • Understanding the value and sources of social capital
  • Maximising your social capital inside and outside of your organisation

Session 4:
Promoting adaptability and wellbeing

  • Understanding and noticing wellbeing challenges
  • Spotting warning signs of poor wellbeing / mental health in individual team members
  • Feeling confident raising concerns with an employee about their wellbeing or mental health
  • Building adaptability and agility across the team
  • Coping with uncertainty
  • Techniques to support emotional wellbeing and mental health in yourself and your team
  • Managing thought patterns, perception and beliefs positively
  • Helping your team’s sense of perspective and pragmatism
  • Understanding the importance of control to wellbeing, and discovering ways to support your team’s sense of control at work and beyond
  • Building effective, supportive team relationships

Session 5:
Communication and coaching skills

  • Choosing the most appropriate way of communicating
  • The difference between efficient and effective communication
  • Harnessing the power of great questions to enable the team to make independent decisions
  • Using the GROW model to coach and develop your team
  • Empowering the team to build their problem-solving capacity
  • Building competence and confidence across the team
  • An extended skills practice session using the GROW model

Session 6:
Handling challenging conversations

  • Identifying the key types of challenging conversation
  • Setting expectations and providing evidence
  • Managing tricky attitudes and behaviours
  • Identifying what presses your buttons during challenging conversations and how it shows
  • Understanding the amygdala hijack and why it is harder to think clearly under pressure
  • Tips to manage your communication under pressure
  • Preparing for your own difficult conversation

Additional learning support

As well as the training itself, delegates’ learning is supported by access to an online portal that includes additional curated resources such as videos, articles, book suggestions and recaps that help cement and build on their training.

We also offer individual email coaching support to anyone who needs help applying their learning for up to six months after completing the programme. Optional follow-up training sessions can also be organised to maintain momentum. 


Our trainers

Our trainers are expert practitioners and consultants, with many years of experience delivering impactful training across a broad range of organisations and sectors. All are experienced in virtual as well as classroom delivery.

Sally Prescott

Sally has years of experience supporting organisations to deliver exceptional service, leadership and communications. She is a qualified coach and is licensed to deliver a wide range of training programmes. Whether through classroom or virtual training, Sally's energy, knowledge and experience have a lasting impact on those she teaches.

Kate Jennings - Cambridge Executive Development

Kate Jennings

A highly experienced trainer, coach and consultant with a commercial background in product development, Kate has worked with clients in the UK, Europe and US to develop and deliver classroom and virtual professional skills programmes.

Joanna Markham - Cambridge Executive Development

Joanna Markham

Joanna developed her vast knowledge over a long career as an academic and senior leader in industry. As a consultant she has worked with some of the world’s biggest companies, helping develop the professional and leadership skills of people ranging from new starters to CEOs.

If you have a group of managers who could benefit from our Effective Leadership training we can work with you to adapt the content to your needs and can deliver the programme to a schedule that suits you.

Participants can join a virtual training session from the office or from home, and can take part in their own teams or departments, or with a mixture of colleagues from across your organisation. Classroom deliveries can be arranged at a venue of your choice.

Fees depend on the number of participants and the extent of design work you require. Group sizes can go up to 15 for highly interactive sessions, and up to 50 for a more trainer-led approach.

Please contact us to find out more and to obtain a quote. 

About us

Cambridge Exec is a boutique learning consultancy made up of a select team of specialists in workplace wellbeing, communications and people-oriented leadership and management. We deliver training and coaching, and conduct research and analysis that supports your people-centred workplace culture.

For over fifteen years we’ve been helping organisations ranging from small startups to international brands to build their people’s capacities, enhance wellbeing and boost engagement and productivity at work.

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