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Discover Programme

A four-week online introduction to social leadership. Helping you gain insight into who you are as a leader and how to develop. Sign up for the programme now!

Discover key skills for social leadership

Discover the key leadership skills required for social leadership and map your future leadership journey with our four week online introductory course.

The Discover Programme helps you gain clear insight into who you are as a leader, where your strengths lie and how you might develop going forwards.

Good leadership is a prerequisite for true, tangible social change. 21st century social challenges require leaders who can meet the challenges of a changing world. This course is a great first step or refresh for anyone working for social change who is looking to develop themselves as leaders in order to transform their organisations, communities and the world around them.

Applications open for 2021 courses:

- 11 January: Enrol here

What you'll get

  • Insights into your strengths and areas of development as a social leader
  • Tasks to help you go from learning to doing
  • A network of fellow social leaders and change-makers
  • The confidence and direction to continue your leadership journey

Discover your leadership potential

Sign up for the January Discover

Who it's for

  • Leaders working for a social purpose in the charity and social enterprise sector

  • Leaders at all levels. No matter if you’re a new manager or seasoned CEO, the programme will help you to better understand yourself, your organisation and your development needs

  • Those moving into a new role and want to reassess your existing personal development, training or leadership plan

What to expect

  • Four week, self-directed online course. 4-5 hours a week. The programme is designed to fit around and complement your day-to-day work.

  • Self-reflection is central to Discover. We'll nudge you to think critically about your own leadership but it's your brain that will do the heavy lifting (not ours).

  • A peer network for social change. You'll have the chance to learn from and engage with a wider cohort of social leaders and change-makers.

How you'll learn

  • The Discover Programme is structured over four weeks, each week focusing on a core component of social leadership.
  • Monday - At the beginning of the week you get introduced to the weeks content. You’ll get a practical task to finish by Thursday.
  • Thursday - Finish practical task and receive reflective writing task.
  • Sunday - You have until Sunday to consolidate the weeks learning into a reflective writing task.
  • Live Classrooms - During the programme there are two online Live Classrooms (first and third Thursdays, 12:30 - 13:30 GMT) where you and your cohort will discuss the issues you've been working on

What you'll learn

Good leadership is a lifelong journey. You’ll get the opportunity to reflect on your own experiences and skills and contextualise them using our Social Leadership Capability Framework.

The Framework outlines the attributes, behaviours and skills emerging leaders need to become successful social leaders.

Discover Clore programmes

  • Week 1

    Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself

    Week one is about developing a clearer understanding of your leadership style through personal reflection. It is focused on reviewing the personal qualities that social leaders have and how they’re demonstrated.
  • Week 2

    Assessing Context

    Week two is all about taking a step back and asking yourself "why?". Why do you do what you do? Why does your organisation exist? Diving deeper into these two fundamental questions, we'll investigate the importance of assessing and understanding context for leaders.
  • Week 3

    Working With and Through Others

    None of us exist or succeed in isolation. In week three we’ll look at how you work with and through others. We'll challenge you to look at how your teams currently work and help you understand how your leadership can impact the team.
  • Week 4

    Take Action

    Week four consolidates the learning from the last three weeks and helps you chart the next steps in your leadership development. This final week you will gather your insights and create an actionable Leadership Development Plan to help you continue your leadership journey.

Start your leadership development journey

Sign up for the November Discover

What our previous participants say

  • 'I found the course incredibly thought-provoking and it really helped me to consider my management style, the context within which I operate and my role in achieving social change.'
    Discover Programme participant
  • 'The last three weeks of participating on the Discover Programme has reignited a passion for learning and wanting to do better, both in work and in my personal life.'
    Discover Programme participant
  • 'Absolutely brilliant, comprehensive and challenging course materials. Really appreciated the different methods of learning explored. Have actually learnt quite a lot!'
    Kea Horvers SOAS

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

  • Who should take this course?

    This course is for anyone who wants to develop themselves as social leaders. Past participants in previous programmes have included charity leaders, public sector employees, social entrepreneurs, team leaders, consultants, students and more. The main criteria is a curiosity for and willingness to reflect and apply new tools and learning.

  • What is the time commitment?

    It’s different from person to person but we suggest allocating 2-4 hours a week on Discover. As with most things, the more you immerse yourself in the programme, the more you’ll get out of it.

  • I work full-time, can I take this course?

    Yes. The course is designed to be flexible to your schedules. The course will require you to spend 2-4 hours per week.

  • I’m not a formal manager/leader. Can I still take this course?

    Yes. This course is for anyone who leads projects, meetings, activities, etc. in a work context. It is for formal and informal leaders alike, with a focus on the traits of leadership that are not restricted to formal managers.

  • At what level is this course? Beginner, intermediate or expert?

    This course can be relevant and valuable for participants on all levels. The content and activities have been chosen and designed to be adaptable to people working at all 'levels' of leadership. Some participants have used the course as a catalyst to their leadership, whilst others have used it as a refresher.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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