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Leadership Skills

The Leadership Difference


Our core leadership development programme for Academic and Professional Services leaders is our award-winning Leadership Difference. The programme promotes a professional and supportive leadership community and recognises the role of leadership in enabling our institutional ambitions and embedding our values.

Programme Content

Full details of the programme can be found in the Leadership Difference Programme Overview.


Core modules

The programme begins with Onboarding and action planning. All delegates undertake a 180 review and are offered 1:1 coaching.

Further 2.5-hour modules run over several months: Leader as coach; Leading self; Leading systems; Leading teams

90 minute optional webinars (throughout Spring Term)

  • Protecting team time
  • Goal-setting
  • Developing leadership wisdom
  • Leading in demanding times
  • Leading through change
  • Conflict management and resolution

Annual Leadership Celebration (Summer 2024)

  • Keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions
  • Celebration of completers
  • Lunch and networking

Target audience

Those in existing leadership positions who are comfortable with day-to-day people management and wish to develop more strategic leadership approaches, understand their personal impact and role in enabling high performing systems.

Time commitment

Core (5 cohorts with various start points throughout Terms 1 and 2), spread over 3-4 months:

  • 1x 60 minute welcome webinar and
  • 4x 2.5 hour in person module sessions

Plus and optional 60 minute 1:1 coaching session at the start of the whole programme


For 2023-2024 participation is via a new nominations process. Each Faculty and Division have places allocated across the 5 cohorts running at different points throughout the 2023-24 academic year.

Nominees are put forward by Faculty and Division Senior Leadership at  intake periods each year (September and December). Please speak to your Line Manager if you are interested in the programme.

If you have any queries please email People Development or Janice Button (Learning and Development Manager, Exeter Academic). 

Aurora: Women's leadership development

ElevateLeadership development for BAME women

We always need more skilled mentors and invite all our leaders to sign-up as a mentor and undertake mentor training

We have a range of other skills development opportunities curated for you in the Further Development, CPD & Qualifications section.

Other Development

Sign-up as a mentor and undertake mentor training.

Explore our Managing and leading hybrid teams resource pack.

Recieve further feedback using our 360 feedback instrument.

For our Senior Leaders who are comfortable with People Management and have previously completed leadership training or have equivalent experience, we have our Leadership Academy with content delivered by our highly esteemed Exeter Centre for Leadership.

This inspirational, external looking, programme will feature monthly 1 hour leadership talks delivered by Exeter scholars, 360 feedback and will allow participants to reflect on their understanding and practice leadership a structured setting. 

Have a look at full details of the programme in our Leadership Academy Overview

Spaces are limited and the first session begins on October 20th so please sign up here early!