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Cultural Leadership Programme

cultural leadership programme

Project Info

Client Cultural Leadership Programme
Skills Leadership Development

Project Description

Over four years, we became a key design and delivery partner of the Cultural Leadership Programme, helping them to fulfil their remit of building the leadership capacity of individuals and organisations in the UK cultural sector (arts, museums, libraries, archives and creative industries). We did this through a range of connected and varied programmes that reached out into diverse and marginalised groups, built relationships with the commercial sector and helped individual artists understand their leadership potential outside of formal organisations.

Our recruitment priorities for both programmes was to increase the number of black and Asian people, disabled people and those running micro-enterprises who want to influence the sector through their leadership behaviour.

Leadership Development Days: A range of day workshops, delivered across the UK, focussing on leadership behaviours, styles and preference, using classic films, MBTI and narrative planning.

LDDplus: A further set of “follow on” development workshops looking at leadership landscapes, Situational Influence, personal brand and strategic planning

Leadership Unleashed: This was an ambitious and unique leadership programme working with two successive cohorts of 80 organisational leaders drawn from the cultural sector and business community. The programme sought to explore the areas of commonality and difference between these two sectors and develop leaders who could positively lead change with curiosity, insight, passion and courage.

Wayfarer: We were delighted to be invited to work in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre in London to deliver a tailored programme of leadership development, specifically for artists and practitioners, who lead through their practice rather than in an organisational setting. Wayfarer combined personal coaching with Action Learning, mentoring and opportunities to develop their practice with Battersea Arts Centre.


I loved the “ooooo-aaahhhhh” moments – the firework moments of clarity and comedy.
I was in awe of those I encountered. I had a real sense that I was often in a room with people who we will be seeing in the headlines in the coming years for advocating for their causes/organisations, for services rendered and for their sheer brilliance.”

Louise Smyth, Leadership Unleashed participant