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Universal Leadership Skills

Many people become leaders by accident – often because they were good at their last job and were promoted to a position where they became responsible for people. Often leaders are launched on unsuspecting followers with little or no leadership training. On the other hand, if you look in the business section of any bookshop, you will see shelves full of books about leadership.

Universal Leadership Skills cuts through all the hype. You will consider your existing leadership styles and practices and learn tried-and-tested models and skills to help you improve. The course combines input on the ideas and philosophies underpinning leadership with practices and techniques that can be immediately applied back in the workplace.

It doesn’t matter about the nature of your organisation. Previous participants have come from very large, very small, for profit, not for profit, charities, public sector, private sector, long-established, new start-ups – the list goes on. The only real requirement is that you lead a team at a managerial level.

Every leader should remember that it is YOU your people talk about in the pub with their colleagues and around the dinner table with their families. What would you like them to say about you as their boss?

Duration and who should attend

3 days

Who should attend?
• Chief Executives
• Directors
• Senior managers
• Anyone who leads a team at a managerial level

What participants will learn

Leadership and management – the background to the ideas

Why leadership is needed

The difference between leadership and management

The link between leadership and the Sigmoid Curve – and how your leadership practices may be putting you out of business

Motivation – including why reading for pizza is bad and that chimpanzees like to paint


The focus of day 2 is about leading the individuals who work for you, assessing each person and adopting appropriate leadership styles and practices to get the best out of them. Topics include:

Flexible Leadership

Leading people – key principles, as well as a person-by-person checklist to help you understand the people who work for you

1-1s and alternatives to traditional performance appraisals

Leading through others

An analysis of how effective your team is and the areas you need to focus on to improve

The Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing model of developmental stages for a team

The skill and practicalities of preparing and delivering a Leader Speaks for your team

If time allows we will also examine your team structure and see how the organisation chart is helping or hindering getting things done

Leading your boss

Public courses

Universal Leadership Skills is offered as a public course for those who would like to try it out on a small scale first, or for those organisations who do not have enough participants to fill an in-house course.

Book your place by clicking the links below.


Maastricht, Holland,13-15 June 2023

Alsager, Cheshire, 10-12 October 2023



€1400 + BTW (Holland)


£1500 + VAT (UK)


A small number of discount places are reserved for small charitable organisations or those with limited training budgets.


All costs include 2 nights’ accommodation and all meals and refreshments. Night prior accommodation can be booked upon request.


Venue details will be issued with Joining Instructions. Please get in touch with any queries.


For details of our Australian public courses, visit our sister site

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Style and structure of the course

Universal Leadership Skills is highly participative and practical. Participants are asked to apply what they are learning to their own real-life scenarios for each session. This includes the opportunity to reflect on your existing leadership habits, pick the brains of the Consultants running the course and, of course, interact with the other participants.

This is an unusual course as we find that each person has a different ‘light bulb moment’. After several years of observing this, we finally realised that this is because what is going on for each individual, their team and their organisation is different for everybody. What is certain is that you will have at least one very bright light bulb moment.

To help you back in the workplace, participants receive our highly practical and comprehensive manual, The Complete Guide to Leadership and access to further on-line resources.

In-house courses

Cost per in-house course, maximum 12 participants

£9000 + VAT (UK) / £6900 discount rate


Find out more about what’s included by downloading our Briefing Note.

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