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Leadership Skills

The Leadership Difference


Our core leadership development programme for Academic and Professional Services leaders is the 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 2023/24 programme can be found in the Leadership Difference Programme Overview.

A new programme will be published for 2024/25 in August.


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 

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

Annual Leadership Celebration 

  • Keynote speaker
  • 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


NOW CLOSED. A new 2024/25 programme and application/nomination process will be published in August.

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.


Information about the next Leadership Academy will be published in the new Academic year 2024/25.