Leadership and Management

The terms Leadership and Management are often used interchangeably when they are actually quite different functions.  Organisational Development offers a range of programmes for leaders at different levels within the University. 

Staff who are interested in participating in a Programme should have an initial discussion with their line manager and indicate their interest in coordination with their local Human Resources teams.

For more information on any of the programmes, please contact org-dev@glasgow.ac.uk

Leadership and Management Development Programmes

Strategic Leaders Programme

The Strategic Leaders Programme (SLP) provides an opportunity for leaders to further develop their leadership capability and help them achieve their career ambitions as well as the strategic aims of the University of Glasgow as a world class, world-changing university.  

This programme is targeted at staff who are newly appointed or have the ability and ambition to apply, in the next year or two, for strategic leadership roles such as Head of School / Director of Institute / Dean / Director of Service.   

The SLP takes place over six months and demands about 5 days of participants’ time grouped into three thematic modules, coaching and participating in action learning sets with other Programme participants. Further time will be required, dedicated to a strategic project, possibly one you already have in hand, and some pre-reading. 

The programme focuses on the role of strategic leaders in a world class, world-changing university with key themes including:  

  • connecting with global and local communities in setting a strategic vision
  • leading collaboratively and empowering others to act
  • leading change, including organisational culture change, with agility and flexibility
  • demonstrating personal credibility and resolution in overcoming challenges 
  • learning from excellent leadership practice in other global institutions 

Future Leaders Programme

The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) provides individuals with the opportunity to further develop their leadership capability and so help them achieve their career ambitions as well as the strategic aims of the University of Glasgow as a world class, world changing university.  It aims to increase capability, confidence and connectedness for leaders and their teams.  

As well as contributing to building a cohort of capable leaders it provides participants with an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the institution and engage with senior leaders who contribute to the programme 

The FLP is aimed at those in (or soon to be in) roles with significant decision making, responsibility, reach and/or organisational impact. Nominees should demonstrate a willingness to enhance their leadership capability, increase their self-awareness, and a desire to further their leadership learning. 

The programme is structured around five half-day sessions, action learning, and one-to-one coaching sessions (informed by a 360 diagnostic)The programme takes a co-creation approach and participants will have the opportunity to customise content to suit their needs within the parameters of the programme.   

The programme will focus on the role of strategic leader in a world class, world changing university:   

  • leading collaboratively and empowering others to act 
  • enacting the new UofG values 
  • leading change, including organisational culture change, with agility and flexibility 
  • demonstrating personal credibility and resolution in overcoming challenges 

Management Fundamentals Programme

This Management Fundamentals Programme provides an opportunity for participants to focus on building knowledge, understanding and skills in a number of core areas of management. Participants are likely to be those first line managers fairly new to post. Although various elements of this programme are offered as stand-alone workshops, this offers a more integrated approach as well as the opportunity to build links with others across different areas of the University. 

The content of the programme will focus on equipping line managers to be successful against the following elements:  

  • Managing the task and resources  
  • Managing your team  
  • Connecting to the organisation  
  • Managing individuals  
  • Managing and developing yourself 

The proposed components of the programme are: 

  • 3 full day workshops, (alternatively 6 x 2hr online workshops) 
  • Pre-course reading and/or online learning for each workshop 
  • A reflective activity following each workshop 
  • An introduction to action learning sets, with the opportunity to continue with these at the end of the programme  
  • A final, end of course piece of work assigned to each participant