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Strategic Leadership Masterclass

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Strategic Leadership Masterclass

This one-day Strategic Leadership Masterclass will introduce a range of leadership approaches and theories and focus on the application of these in the organisation to deliver improved performance. We will identify the challenges to new and emerging leaders and develop their decision-making ability by offering new options and approaches based on sound and proven theories.

Leadership is an area of business that has been the focus of research for years, using many different approaches. The nature – nurture debate has continued to be the basis of wide-ranging research for those seeking how to develop leaders effectively.

As an introduction to leadership, there are a number of critical areas that an effective leader needs to develop, including a focus on Emotional Intelligence and improved leadership awareness. Recent developments suggest that rather than be a manager or a leader, there is a need to manage the leadership paradoxes, and to select the right approach as appropriate. This fluid approach to leadership is becoming more essential to our new and future leaders to respond to the needs of an aging population, and new millennials in the workplace.

The Strategic Leadership Masterclass will adopt a pragmatic approach, focusing on individual needs, and allowing time to discuss approaches and to apply the learning in a supportive and safe environment.

  • Directors and owners
  • Experienced and time-served senior leaders
  • Newly appointed leaders or aspiring leaders

Course Summary


CPD Endorsed


1 Day

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About the Programme

This course will give you a fresh perspective on building trust, minimising conflict and managing towards strategic objectives.

Through interactive presentations and open discussion, the facilitators will deliver a thought-provoking session, providing you with the key information, details and facts needed in an engaging and memorable environment:

On completion of this module, delegates will:

  • Understand the differences between leadership and management
  • Recognise the tension between managing and leading, and how to adapt appropriate behaviours
  • Be able to identify their priorities, and utilise their time effectively
  • Identify the key facets of emotional intelligence using the Goleman model
  • Select appropriate leadership approaches in line with different situations and individuals
  • Use appropriate approaches to maintain the motivation of their teams
  • Better utilise the strengths that individuals bring to their team-working
  • Analyse team development opportunities and lead these teams more effectively


Session 1


  • Exploring the differences between leadership and management
  • Managing your time and recognising your priorities
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence in you and your teams to build and maintain rapport

Leading Teams

  • Situational Leadership and how to move towards a coaching style of leadership when appropriate
  • An introduction to the skills of coaching
  • How to give effective feedback to maintain motivation and engage your team
  • How to identify the most appropriate team roles for improved performance
  • Recognising and leading teams through the five stages of team development

Participants will benefit from six CPD points for attending this course through the CPD accreditation service.

You can read move about the available qualification on our qualifications page.

James Willerton

James Willerton


With more than 10 years of business consulting and professional service experience, James has developed a well-rounded and practical perspective on strategic development and human capital development at all levels and cross-industries both nationally and internationally.  With a focus on innovation in strategy development, James is a certified 'exceptional trainer’.  He has a diverse background in business management, innovation, strategy development, organisational development, recruitment and operations. 

During his role in recruitment, James applied advanced psychometric techniques and personally assessed over 1,000 candidates for client’s businesses, as well as his own. Combined with coaching, this has given him an advanced experience of dealing with the human psyche and obtaining optimal results for human capital and organisational development. 

James has a very approachable manner, with valuable real-world experience as an employer and a senior consultant to a wide-range of industries and organisations.

William McKee

William McKee


Starting out as a civil engineer responsible for large infrastructure projects, William became fascinated with the people side of business. Now a qualified business psychologist, and executive coach, he aims to bring a refreshingly practical approach to culture, people and performance. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with leaders and managers in organisations like British Airways, the Met Office, Bombardier, the NHS and multiple local authorities. He also spent time supporting SMEs and start-ups as well as working in the Middle East with one of the world’s largest food producers. As a result, he can relate to a wide range of people and organisational contexts. 


  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential 
  • Lecturer with Henley Business School, teaching on its Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (PCEC) programme 
  • Holds a Team Coaching Certificate from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) 
  • Holds a foundation certificate in Nancy Kline’s Time to Think coaching method 
  • Recently interviewed for the book Coaching with Research in Mind on utilising psychometrics with coaching, as he aims to strike a balance between practical ‘rules of thumb’ and the latest evidence-based research. 

Alex Firmin

Alex Firmin


Alex is a qualified occupational psychologist and specialises in leadership development.  He is also a highly experienced educational consultant and executive coach.  Alex is the Associate Director for Programmes at In Professional Development, and routinely teaches on MBA programmes for York, Chester, and Robert Gordon Universities.

For 12 years, Alex was an army officer (Major) and undertook several tours of Afghanistan. He supported the development and delivery of the Army’s Global Security, Leadership and Strategy programme at Sandhurst. Alex's hard work led to him successfully establishing the first Afghan officer training academy, in Kabul.

Alex has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering strategic training programmes as well as being a business consultant and manager. Making him an accomplished Leadership Consultant with cross-cultural experience and the ability to succeed in the most challenging environments. He has become well respected for delivering high impact, strategic Leadership and Management training for large scale commercial corporations. He uses proven techniques combined with innovation to provide creative and successful solutions for businesses.

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  • Understand the differences between leadership and management
  • Identify the key facets of emotional intelligence
  • Learn different leadership approaches for different situations and individuals
  • Learn how to utilise the strengths that individuals bring to the team


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