Middle Leaders Programme

The Leadership Centre believes it is important to offer opportunities for development prior to people reaching the most senior positions in organisations. That’s why we developed the Middle Leaders Programme. 


This middle leadership programme supports leaders from different sectors or authorising environments to develop and hone their leadership skills by building empathy and understanding with those who they need to work with to succeed. The cohort stays together for a period of roughly six months and is encouraged to stay in touch as they continue in their leadership roles and beyond.

Key Information

Dates: to be determined by you as the commissioner

Duration:  6-9 months

Format: A blend of residential, face-to-face workshops and online workshops

Faculty: Faculty will be drawn from our pool of local government and leadership experts

Who is the programme for?

In loose terms, the programme is for people at Tiers 2 or 3 in their organisations, although sponsors or commissioners should take this as a guide and not a barrier – influence and leadership are not always hierarchically bound.

This looks different by sector and role (notably for elected members), but encompasses the following:

  • Assistant Directors,
  • Heads of Service,
  • Deputy Leader,
  • Cabinet Member,
  • Committee chairs – including Overview & Scrutiny, Audit, Planning, and Licensing.

Benefits for you

As a participant, you will receive the following benefits:


  • Support in meeting a leadership challenge of your choice, ensuring that your learning stays relevant to your work.
  • A grounding in the basics of adaptive leadership, immunity to change, political nous, and public narrative.
  • Space to reflect on what motivates you and how that motivation manifests in your approach to partnership, collaboration, and complexity.
  • The opportunity to meet and learn from inspiring senior leaders.
  • A new set of professional contacts from different backgrounds to you.

Focus and Structure

The programme is comprised of two two-day residentials, a day workshop, and two online workshops, and is for a cohort of 20-30 people.


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