Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

Leader 2 Leader C14

Week 1

Cohort 14 of the Leader to Leader programme met for the first time for a two day residential session in the picturesque surroundings of HUNDITH HILL HOTEL LIMITED. The group is comprised of Graham Paterson (Futamura (Cellulose Films) , Sarah Purdham (Prima Uno Ltd), Stella Walsh (Hospice at Home West Cumbria), Linda Hunter (ASPATRIA DREAMSCHEME LIMITED) and Craig Hamilton (Centre for Leadership Performance Cumbria).

Diane Stephenson steered the group expertly through a variety of leadership topics ranging from blind spots, push and pull factors in leadership and how to best lead teams. In addition, the group decided on the focus of their group-based Consultancy Challenge.

The engagement levels of the delegates was extremely high and this led to some meaningful learning taking place.

Workshop 1

Cohort 14 of the Leader to Leader course met virtually to discuss the Consultancy Challenge that all Leader to Leader cohorts are presented with.

The group has to come up with a solution to an issue that is found in one (or more) of the delegates’ workplaces. Cohort 14 decided on a project that will raise awareness of how different parts of a business interact with each other to produce the finished product. The aim of this is to break down ‘silo’ mentalities and encourage a broader appreciation of the role of other departments.

Workshop 2

Cohort 14 of Leader to Leader met in Cockermouth on Tuesday for the second of six workshops and as ever, levels of engagement were superb. Expertly guided by Programme Lead, Diane Stephenson, the group explored different leadership styles and posed the tricky question of ‘why would anyone want to be led by you?’ to the group. The group spent time reflecting on various challenges relating to leadership and working together to solve real life problems via Action Learning.

“Another engaging and thought provoking day, looking at working through the different elements that help to shape our leadership styles. It’s great to share the learning with people from a variety of sectors and to hear about everyone’s personal experiences” @Stella Walsh – Marketing and Income Generation Team Leader

Workshop 3

Cohort 14 of Leader 2 Leader met yesterday morning to continue their work on the consultancy challenge that is set as part of the programme. The group is working on developing more effective on-boarding processes which will tackle the problem of ‘silo’ working and increase awareness of the wider business. Following this, the group decamped to Hunday Manor where Diane Stephenson, again, expertly navigated the group through a extremely interactive, reflective and informative session on Impact and Influence. The group considered how they can best use their own strengths to improve their levels of influence to ensure they have the maximum impact.

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria