Leadership Accelerator Programme

The Leadership Accelerator Programme has been designed in collaboration with industry partners Lotte Chemical UK, Huntsman Pigments, SABIC UK Petrochemicals and Sembcorp to develop the business skills, knowledge and experience of middle managers and graduates.

The two year course enables you to realise your potential, enhance your organisation's capabilities and reach personal career goals.

  • Two years block delivery
  • Course fee: £6,000 + VAT per delegate. Flexible payment options are available.
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The two-year programme is designed to develop leadership and management skills in order to:

  • support the vision of your company, team and individual objectives
  • develop skills in line with current best practice
  • Promote a consistent approach to leadership and management in your company

In addition, the programme will provide a forum for:

  • self-reflection and application of learning back in the workplace
  • increased networking opportunities with colleagues from across the region
  • sharing of best practice and generation of new ideas for change
  • continuing professional development (CPD) activity

360 personal development profile

The programme begins with you completing an online 360 diagnostic tool, focusing on behaviours that successful leaders and managers display to identify individual development needs. The tool will be tailored to suit the stage at which you are at in your career.

The 360 diagnostic tool is also completed again at the end of the programme to help evaluate your journey.


Each masterclass runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm. These 17 interactive sessions present theoretical concepts which will be explored and applied from both academic and practical perspectives utilising a range of interventions including:

  • Presentations
  • Facilitated group discussions
  • Topic interpretations
  • Real-time case studies


  • Launch - vision and values
  • Personal impact and self-analysis
  • People and self-management
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Effective communication
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Business improvement project workshop
  • Developing motivational teams
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Human resources/performance management
  • Legal frameworks and compliance
  • Commercial awareness and finance
  • Selling and negotiation
  • Business strategy
  • Managing change, consolidation day and graduation

Business improvement project workshop

The business improvement workshop provides an opportunity for you to establish a work-based study that may benefit both you and your organisation. The day will provide the foundations for this by exploring the mechanics of establishing a study; achieving the necessary focus; understanding critical thinking; examining models of reflective learning and the use of contextualised language. After the workshop is completed you will continue to work on the project in the workplace.


Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to monitor and reflect on changes in your behaviour, using a mixture of coaching, facilitated action learning sets, receiving support from meeting your company mentor (if applicable) and through the completion of a journal.

Journaling allows you to practise becoming a reflective practitioner and is another way to measure progress against defined markers.

The programme is underpinned by:

Coaching provides you with an opportunity to grow personally and explore issues in an one-to-one environment. Coaching is a completely confidential process. It can be scheduled at a time convenient to you and centers around the relationship between you and your own personal coach.

What is coaching?

Your coach will help you to develop your own strategy for improving your performance rather than telling you what to do. They will encourage you to learn from your own experiences rather than teaching you the answer, and help you to find your own solutions to the challenges you face rather than dispensing advice.

Coaching works well when managers want to change but are unsure how, or when other learning and development approaches have been ineffective. It is not appropriate when a quick, ready-made solution has been identified that can be met by a training course (although coaching is often the glue that applies this learning to the workplace).

Please note: optional, additional triangulation sessions can be arranged between the coach, company mentor or line manager with you to provide additional support. Please speak to us about pricing options for this triangulation.

Action learning sets can focus on any issues that arise whilst you are transferring the learning from the development programme to live challenges within your workplace. They can enhance your learning capability to increase the impact of the programme. An action learning 'set' or group is designed so that set members learn through a process of constructive questioning and reflection followed by action. The presenter (issue holder) takes what they have learned back to their workplace - initiating changes and trying new ideas or approaches. The theory behind action learning is that we learn most when we are asking or being asked insightful questions and learning this skill also develops participants' leadership and managerial capabilities. Action learning sets by their nature also allow you to improve your own coaching skills. The facilitator helps your set draw out learning, enables your set to reflect on group process and introduces you to other tools for exploration, analysis and solution generation if required.

Action learning sets have maximum impact when you commit to and attend all four per year. This enables trust to develop to underpin the peer-to-peer learning, which in turn enables real life work challenges to be addressed.

Unless otherwise specified, all the learning takes place at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington.

The programme encourages you to maximise your potential by incorporating different learning activities that will enhance your self-awareness in the following ways:

Awareness - explore personal skills, leadership and management attributes and qualities, work experiences and achievements to support you to make informed management decisions and identify priorities for your development.

Determination - build flexibility and resilience to motivate and empower you to take responsibility for your own learning and leadership and management effectiveness.

Enhancement - evaluate and reflect to enable you to consider the work enhancements you have made throughout the programme and identify continuing professional development needs.

Please complete the online application application form

For more information, email business@tees.ac.uk or telephone 01642 384068

Comments from former participants

The thing that I found the most useful from the programme has been the combination of the theoretical and practical side of the learning. So alongside the classroom based theory, there has also been action learning sets and mentoring as well, which has been really useful for someone in my position when starting out in a managerial role.

Richard Castledine - Group Leader, Fine Contract Research

'The fact that it is two years is really useful because it allows you to come away from your environment for set periods of time, really concentrate on what you are doing and then go back and be able to apply what you have learnt.

The opportunity to talk to different people, from different industries has been really helpful because it's given me a different perspective to realise that everybody has the same management and leadership challenges no matter what industry you are in'

Jude Leitch - Director, Northumberland Tourism

'I would recommend the Leadership Accelerator programme to anyone who is in a similar position to myself that is someone who is moving forward in their career, moving into a wider role.

You'll learn about yourself in a much deeper way but also get a much better appreciation of others going forward.'

Craig Hooper - Plant Technical Manager, CF Fertilisers UK

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