Social Enterprise Leadership Foundation Programme (SELF)

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New dates will be announced for the academic year 2020-21. Please email us for up to date course information. 

In partnership with Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF)

The Social Enterprise and Leadership Foundation (SELF) programme is an experiential programme aimed at managers in the voluntary sector. 

Traditionally, leadership has been seen as individuals with powerful roles leading from the front and bringing everyone along with them. Voluntary sector organisations are operating in an increasingly complex environment, with flatter structures and wider networks, and it is clear that other forms of leadership are necessary.

The programme is designed to develop your self-awareness, your leadership and your management skills through action learning workshops. It also builds on your abilities to lead others in managing resources and information, improving business performance and understanding customer and market awareness.

Participants will be introduced to and reflect on contemporary leadership theory while relating the theoretical frameworks to their own experience of leading and managing, and sharing best practice.

For more information on the SELF programme or to apply, please contact the Corporate & Professional Development Unit:
Tel:  01707 28 9399

Why choose this course?

The programme will provide an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on your leadership skills and styles
  • Provide an understanding of the value of being an effective manager and an effective leader
  • Recognise the continuum of leadership vs management
  • Explore (and critique) approaches and techniques adopted by other leaders
  • Establish your values and commitment as a leader
  • Understand the value of giving and receiving feedback, in developing staff and acknowledging good practice
  • Identify effective communication skills in building and leading a team, particularly in relation to individual, team and organisational objectives.

Workshop 1 - Leading or managing: same or different?

The debate on similarities and differences between management and leadership is ongoing and constantly changing. We are going to reflect on this debate, and especially on its relevance to practitioners from the voluntary sector.

Workshop 2 –  Leading in teams

The experience of working in the voluntary sector is largely the experience of leading teams of small numbers of employees and large numbers of volunteers. We will focus on this unique challenge of managing these less-than-traditional teams; a situation that is not addressed in mainstream leadership theories.

Workshop 3 –  Leading through Coaching

We will think through a wide range of coaching techniques, and explore how ideas and frameworks from coaching can be applied to the leadership of staff and volunteers. We will learn and practice several coaching techniques, focusing especially on relational coaching.

Workshop 4 –  Leading and Change

It’s recognised that change happens in both predictable and unpredictable ways within a context and is potentially influenced by everyone who is working within that context. We will look at traditional theories of change, consider change in the light of complexity theories, and reflect on our own experience of change. 

Dates and times 

The course will be rescheduled for the 2020-21 academic year.

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Delegates are expected to attend all units. 

What else is included?

  • On completion, you will be awarded a CPD Certificate of Attendance
  • Participants are eligible to attend nominated open access Business Academy workshops
  • Refreshments provided

Entry requirements...

The programme is aimed at those who:

  • are currently working in the third sector - charities, social enterprise and non-profit organisations
  • have at least three years' work experience, either in third sector or elsewhere
  • are currently working as a team leader or in a management role, or are aspiring to move into a supervisory role

Course fees

The total cost of the programme is £500.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) will fund the fees for a maximum of two places per organisation.

For more information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the voluntary sector workforce development grants, email

Teaching methods

The programme consists of four half-day workshop sessions (spread over 6-8 weeks) held on campus, and includes a mix of knowledge learning components, action learning and skills development.

The course leader is Rachael Davis-Stollar.  Rachael is an experienced professional skills trainer, facilitator and performance enhancement coach. 

Rachael is Visiting Lecturer at Hertfordshire Business School in Leadership Development, where she lectures on understanding challenges in the third sector and strategic corporate social responsibility.  She is a qualified lawyer, with years of practice in the City as well as commercial roles, and delivers professional skills courses covering business, finance, advocacy, client care and communication skills.