Leader to Leader Testimonials

' I had a great experience for 8 months; it was reflective, it was collaborative, it was constructive. It made me action things, and self-assess and I want to give that opportunity to other workers in my organisation. '
Tony Hewitson, Direct Rail Services

' It equips you to continually reflect on how well you perform as a leader, your leadership style, how others may perceive you as a leader. '
Tony Hewitson, Direct Rail Services

' I found the work shadowing experience hugely beneficial and have identified elements from that I have been able to take back to my own organisation. I also benefited from acting as a host; someone work shadowed me and provided feedback which prompted me to question some of my own activities and whether they delivered value. '
Tony Hewitson, Direct Rail Services

' The course has made me a better leader. I have been managing teams for a number of years — but the course has made me realise that I have not been leading them as effectively as I could. Being a more effective leader means that your team is more effective. '
Alec Christie, Ansaldo NES

' It has made me more directive and less instructive; giving them a direction to follow rather than telling them how to do something. '
Alec Christie, Ansaldo NES

' The course was built around us as a group and I feel that I personally got a lot out of it. '
Alec Christie, Ansaldo NES

' Hearing the experiences of other leaders in the group has helped me to learn and equipped me with the knowhow to deal with those experiences in the future. '
Alec Christie, Ansaldo NES

' The course teaches you that you don't have to be a certain type of leader — you find your own leadership style. '
Karen Armstrong, Sealy Ltd

' I have gained a lot more confidence in my abilities as a leader and a manager. '
Karen Armstrong, Sealy Ltd

' The initial sessions are quite uncomfortable and emotional, because you are opening yourself up to possible criticism, but in hindsight it is an integral part of the journey. '
Karen Armstrong, Sealy Ltd

' People have to be open minded and willing to change, to stick to the rules and build the trust of the team. '
Karen Armstrong, Sealy Ltd

' It is not a run of the mill management course by any stretch of the imagination. '
Alistair Grant, Story Contracting

' It has been rewarding and is well worth the investment. I know there are individuals within my company who would benefit from the Leader to Leader course. '
Alistair Grant, Story Contracting

' The shadowing part of the course was quite a revelation. It's not a new concept but to go to another business not related to mine was really good fun, and I came away thinking: 'Wow, that lot can handle themselves and there is some good stuff in there for us' '
Alistair Grant, Story Contracting

' The course is very useful, there's a lot of subtlety and it delivers small improvements over time which, when you sum them all together, can create a pretty massive impact. I would highly recommend it, but you are not going to walk out of it after one day transformed, you have to be in it for the long haul. '
Christian Fletcher, GlaxoSmithKline

' The action learning element demonstrated the benefits of asking not telling, enabling people to come up with their own solutions, and it makes them much more energised to see things through to their conclusion. The ability to ask open-ended questions without knowing the answer has made me a better manager. '
Christian Fletcher, GlaxoSmithKline

' There was some element of trust building in each of the sessions, and that was an important part of creating the team to work together. It is something I am going to reflect on to discover: 'What else can I learn from that journey?' '
Christian Fletcher, GlaxoSmithKline

' It has, without doubt, changed the way that I manage people. '
Sandy Rainford, GlaxoSmithKline

' I found the action learning very powerful; enabling people to explore issues or problems and come up with the answers themselves. That is a much deeper learning than me just telling someone what to do, and delivers longer term benefits for that individual. '
Sandy Rainford, GlaxoSmithKline

' It changes you but not in a fundamental way, it changes you in a way that makes you a more confident and better leader. '
Sandy Rainford, GlaxoSmithKline

' By day two we all realised we were in for a really special journey. '
Beverley Stothart, Head of Commercial & Business Development, Direct Rail Services

' It's made me a better leader, better manager, better coach. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. '
Ian Grant, Iggesund

' Give it a go, it's really good for your self development, really good for team work and the impact for your groups and your teams back at the office. '
Catherine Nicholson, Head of Finance, Allerdale Borough Council

' The great thing about this course is that it does give you the opportunity over a long period of time to grow and develop along with the other people on the course. One of the surprising elements was through the shadowing exercise providing a really interesting insight. It made me think of some of the things that weren't quite so apparent to me when I'm going about my day-to-day work. '
Charles Holmes, Head of Community Services, Allerdale Borough Council

' I definitely recommend this course for anyone who has people working for them. I think it can be a really effective tool by which to engage teams and those around you. '
Liz Spedding, Sellafield Limited

' Action learning, which is kind of group coaching, has been extremely useful. '
Steve Glasson, Sellafield Limited

' The leader to leader residential offered a rare opportunity to take a step back and 'compare notes' with peers from other areas of the nuclear industry. Delivery was through an excellent mix of sharing experiences on key topics, well facilitiated by the CfLP and on an excellent balance of large group, small group and self review exercises. The venue added a unique dynamic to the learning and was innovatively used a part of the team building exercise. The course should be an essential to all those looking to develop as leaders and supports the opening up and nurturing of relationships throughout the local supply chain. '
Paul Skelton, Business Change Manager, Sellafield

' I view the programme as a genuine catalyst for my career. '
Ivan Baldwin, Bendalls Engineering

' It was truly collaborative, working alongside an impressive group of peers. I have never quite experienced such rapidly formed levels of trust between people on a professional level. '

' The course already has me starting to explore, challenge and re-set my own perceptions of leadership. '

' In essence Leader to Leader re-programmes the mind-set of leadership from within. '

 
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