Welcome to the Leadership NOW! Housing Programme

More needs to be done to accelerate greater leadership diversity. Actions and not just words are important to us. Together, UNIFY and GatenbySanderson, have developed a programme of bespoke initiatives, workshops and profiling development tools to accelerate learning; for new, aspiring and existing leaders, this programme will aid personal and professional development.  

We at UNIFY and GatenbySanderson are focused on making the change the social housing sector is striving for and improving career opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff at all levels. Our aim is to support developing leaders and highlight opportunities for career progression across the social housing sector. Our partnership will create a safe space to support current and future ethnically diverse leaders to achieve their personal and professional aspirations.     

Successful leaders need clear insight into their core competencies, capabilities and their personal strengths and potential growth areas. Our tailormade leadership workshops, built on research from our ‘Future Leaders in Housing workshops’ devised from conversations with CEOs and Chairs across the social housing sector, will share conversations, perspectives and best practice of the sector’s unique and diverse talent. For new, aspiring and existing leaders, these modules will aid personal and professional development.     

What does the Leadership NOW! programme involve?       

The programme will involve a series of bespoke workshops, one-to-one coaching, peer conversations and profiling exercises over a period of three to four months. Some of the elements of the programme include:

  • Individual career conversations
  • Job application, CV and supporting statement workshop
  • The lifecycle of a recruitment process workshop    
  • Creating an online presence workshop    
  • One-to-one mock interview and presentation skills 
  • Virtual shadowing    
  • Virtual networking and affinity groups             

There will also be the opportunity to secure additional support after these elements of the programme if you are able to gain sponsorship from your organisation. This additional support involves your own personal leadership profiling assessment, one-to-one feedback with a behavioural psychologist and a series of both one-to-one and group coaching sessions to support your career development.   


Who is the programme for?

The programme offers a range of workshops and sessions for all staff including those aspiring to become a manager; some elements of the programme will have a particular focus on supporting those who intend to progress into mid and senior tier leadership. Some of the elements will appeal to all levels, such as virtual shadowing, job application support and advice, insights into the recruitment world and networking. Other elements of the programme are aimed specifically at Head of Service and Assistant Director level, those who currently lead teams or have led them in the past, such as one to one career conversation, personal leadership profiling and the leadership coaching programme. 

Further details of the programme can be found on the tabs along the top of this page.

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