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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.

The programme consists of four half-day sessions which mix knowledge learning components with action learning and skills development.

The next course is due to begin on 9 May 2019, and there will be workshops on the following dates:
9 May 2019
23 May 2019
13 June 2019
4 July 2019

For more information on the SELF programme, please contact Tony Cullen in the Corporate & Professional Development Unit:

Tel:  01707 285 584

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. 

Delegates are expected to attend all units. 

What else is included?

  • On completion, you will be awarded a CPD Certificate of Attendance
  • Participants receive personal membership of Business Academy and are eligible to attend nominated open access CPD Super Series workshops, Masterclasses and Webinars
  • University Student ID will be provided for the duration of the programme, with access to University learning resources
  • Free parking on campus, and 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



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
10/05/201812/07/2018Thursday 09:30 - 16:30£500Apply online
10/05/201812/07/2018Thursday 09:30 - 16:30£500Apply online

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 hcftraining@hertscf.org.uk

Teaching methods

The programme consists of four half-day workshop sessions, and includes a mix of knowledge learning components, action learning and skills development.

The course leader is Jana Filosof, Director of the Social Enterprise Unit and Principal Lecturer in Strategy.

Jana has a particular interest in leadership in the social enterprise sector and will coach delegates through a reflective personal learning journey on their leadership style. Jana leads and contributes on many leadership modules taught at the Business School, including the MBA, so is very experienced in supporting working professionals in leadership development. Jana also leads the Social Enterprise Unit which provides many other development opportunities and student resources for Third Sector organisations.