Sheffield Leader: Essentials Development Programme
The next intake of our Sheffield Leader Essentials programme will resume with nominations taking place in Spring 2022.
Sheffield Leader: Essentials is designed to complement Sheffield Leader: Impact for Executive Team Development. Sheffield Leader Essentials will enable identified individuals from across the university to develop the foundational knowledge, practical skills and behaviours to consistently perform and succeed in their leadership and management role.
These skills will enable individuals to manage and lead their people and their resources, to ensure that they are delivering in line with the University’s focus on excellence and ambition.
Sheffield Leader: Essentials is for Professional Services staff who are Grade 7 or above, with line management responsibilities.
Other key considerations for this programme include:
- The programme is for staff who have high potential, with an emphasis on those who directly and actively manage teams.
- The programme schedule requires participants to complete 6 digitally blended learning modules across a period of about 10 months. Attendance at all workshops is required.
- Participants will be organised into smaller “Support and Challenge” groups that they will work closely with throughout the programme on both formal and informal development activities. Participants will be required to manage their own commitments and arrange “Support and Challenge” sessions between themselves in their assigned group to attend at mutually beneficial times.
- There are also additional Explore and Apply sessions available towards the close of the programme that participants are encouraged to attend in line with their own availability.
The programme is currently underway, with a number of cohorts progressing. Nominations are sought at agreed points in the year, by approaching heads of department across Professional Services and Faculties. If you would like to be considered for this programme, please discuss this with your line manager in the first instance.
If you have any questions or need further information on this development offer, please contact your HR Manager or the Sheffield Leader: Essentials team on firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be happy to help.
Other key information for individuals considering this programme is presented below:
All modules throughout the programme seek to embed the Sheffield Leader Behaviours. For further information on what each module covers in more detail, please see below.
|Workshop 1 – My Leadership, My Landscape||
My Leadership, My Landscape is the starting point of the Sheffield Leader Essentials programme. This is a workshop that will use the feedback you receive from your (i) Personal Insights Questionnaire, and (ii) personal reflection (Pre-Work) on what kind of leader and manager you are currently and where you want to be. There will also be a heavy focus on what actions you need to take to continuously improve yourself as a leader at the University.
The objectives of this workshop are:
|Workshop 2 – Strategy, Objectives & Communicating Vision||
Managers at the University of Sheffield are expected to sustain an environment of continuous improvement, proactively seek out opportunities for growth and innovation as well as driving and being responsive to change. You will be asked to consider this in line with existing and upcoming strategy and objectives, and how you can encourage and enable others through sharing vision and effective planning.
The objectives of this workshop are:
|Workshop 3 - Conversations that Count||
This module will equip you with the understanding about the different types of conversation to be had, the value of each and how to hold conversations that count effectively. At the end of this module you will:
|Workshop 4 - Using Judgement and Making Decisions||
This module will encourage you to consider the importance of making effective and impactful decisions, and exercising judgement to support the successful delivery of your objectives. By the end of the module, you will:
|Workshop 5 - Leading Successful Teams||
This module will explore principles around creating an environment and culture that minimises team dysfunction and maximises trust. By the close of the module you will:
|Workshop 6 - Managing Change and Resilience||
Throughout the Essentials programme, dealing effectively with change will be implicit and integral to the success of a manager and leader. In this module there will be a practical focus on how to plan for, manage and embed change, in a way that allows for optimal engagement and resilience of those we manage, and ourselves. By the close you will: