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Leading Growth

A proven, practical leadership programme which inspires success.

Leading Growth is a proven six-month leadership and management programme designed specifically for business leaders in the Tees Valley.

This fully-funded* practical programme has been developed over several cohorts by Teesside University in conjunction with local business people.

Currently delivered entirely online, the programme offers an innovative approach to learning combining a range of learning experiences, including think tanks with expert facilitators and action learning sets.

Through online forums, you will meet and learn with a range of different businesses from around the region. The opportunities for this networking will allow you to enhance your leadership and management skills, improve your confidence, enable a more strategic approach to business, and improve your delegation and communication skills. What’s more, you will be able to access our extensive support networks.

How you learn

The elements of the programme combine both formal learning and practical learning allowing for a high level of interaction between you and the Leading Growth team, but most importantly between you and your fellow cohort members. The peer-to-peer learning plus, the combined knowledge and experience of the Leading Growth cohort, is truly one of the programme's strengths.

There is a strong emphasis on reflection and reflective learning. You will be encouraged to take away actions, to implement new ideas into your business and reflect on these, before sharing your experiences with your Leading Growth cohort. You will also be given a reflective journal and invited to record your thoughts, feelings and progress throughout the programme.

What you study

All sessions are half days and run from January 2021 to May 2021. Due to social distancing measures, the programme will be run online until further notice using Microsoft Teams.

Date Session
Wednesday 20 January 2021 Programme introduction and welcome
Wednesday 3 February 2021 Think Tank One: insights
Wednesday 17 February 2021 Action Learning Set One
Wednesday 3 March 2021 Think Tank Two - leadership strategy
Wednesday 17 March 2021 Think Tank Three - business engagement / changing consumer behaviours
Wednesday 31 March 2021 Action Learning Set Two
Wednesday 14 April 2021 Think Tank Four - remote working / motivation / performance management
Wednesday 28 April 2021 Action Learning Set Three
Wednesday 12 May 2021 Think Tank Five - resilience / personal effectiveness
Wednesday 26 May 2021 Consolidation day

Programme enquiries


*The Leading Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is available to owner/managers of companies based in the Tees Valley, trading for more than one year and have between two and 250 employees.

We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.