Frequently asked questions

How does Sheffield Leader: Impact differ from the previous Sheffield Leader?

Sheffield Leader: Impact is the next phase of our approach to leadership development. It will equip those in or aspiring to priority leadership positions with the skills, behaviours, confidence and drive to respond to and deliver change that is necessary for them to accomplish their own leadership roles and to take collective responsibility for delivering the University’s focus on excellence and ambition.

What’s involved in Sheffield Leader: Impact and who can take part?

There are two programmes – the Personal Development Programme and the Executive Team Development Programme.

The Personal Development Programme is for those in or aspiring towards identified priority leadership roles and will be carried out in mixed, cross University cohorts. People will be invited to attend if they are currently in a priority leadership role. These roles include: heads of academic departments; directors of professional service departments; faculty directors, research directors and departmental managers. It will also include future leaders – people identified as having the potential to undertake a priority leadership role in the future.

The Executive Team Development Programme will be carried out with teams at University, faculty and department level. Teams will be identified and prioritised by members of the University Executive Board, in line with strategic requirements, and will be invited to participate in the programme.

Who will be eligible to join the Personal Development Programme and how will the nomination process work?

People who are currently in one of the identified priority leadership roles (see above), will be eligible to join. They will be invited by their respective Vice-President or Professional Services Director.

How will teams be chosen to take part in the Executive Team Development Programme?

Teams will be identified by Vice-Presidents or Professional Services Directors annually, taking account of strategic plans and University priorities.

How will people aspiring to priority leadership positions be nominated?

Each year, Faculty Executive Boards and Professional Services Leadership Group will identify individuals who they deem have the potential for priority leadership roles, taking account of strategic plans and diversity within the leadership team. These people will undergo the same development as those currently carrying out priority leadership roles; with additional knowledge and skills modules being offered to support their development.

How will the changes affect the existing Sheffield Leader Community?

The Sheffield Leader Community will continue for all those who have taken part in leadership development over the past few years.

How many places are available for each Sheffield Leader: Impact cohort?

There are 12 places available per cohort on the Personal Development Programme.

I was put on the waiting list for Sheffield Leader 1, 2 or 3 - am I eligible for Sheffield Leader:Impact?

Sheffield Leader: Impact has two development programmes - the Executive Team Development Programme and the Personal Development Programme. The Executive Team Development Programme is for members of university, faculty and department executive boards. The Personal Development Programme is for individuals in the following priority leadership roles: heads of academic departments; directors of professional service departments; faculty directors, research directors and departmental managers. It will also include future leaders - people identified as having the potential to undertake a priority leadership role in the future.

If you are a member of an executive team or hold one of the priority leadership roles you will be invited to participate in the Sheffield Leader: Impact development programmes.

If you are not eligible for Sheffield Leader: Impact, please be assured that more leadership and management development programmes and modules will be launching over the next year and beyond. Further information about these will come to you via your Head of Department / Director of Service and the University Staff Update. Please remember that face to face or formal development is not the only way that you can develop your skills, confidence and capability. In the short term, we ask you to discuss your development plan with your manager, perhaps as part of your mid year SRDS review or SRDS meeting, and consider the best way you can achieve the development that you need. Other methods include mentoring, work shadowing, online courses, working on pieces of work that will stretch you and for which you will need to learn new skills or apply new knowledge etc. You might find it helpful to look here to get started.

As you were on the previous Sheffield Leader waiting list, you are already part of the Sheffield Leader Community and this means that you will continue to receive future communications and invitations regarding the Community's activities and events.