Leadership NOW! Programme Details

The Leadership NOW! Programme is certified by the CPD Certification Service which means you will receive 24 CPD points upon successful completion.

Below we outline in more detail the different activities involved to give you a better understanding of what to expect throughout. You can also access the slide deck from our recent Webfair with further information and a more detailed diagram here

The overall fee for the programme is £2,500 + VAT; the cost of the programme is subsidised from the normal fee of £5,000 + VAT.  

Series of Workshops & One-to-One Conversations

Individual Career Conversations and Career Strategy Discussions

All participants will take part in a one-to-one career conversation with a GatenbySanderson search consultant at the start of the programme.  The aim of this session is to provide you with guidance and advice on the job market and recruitment process, how best to apply for a role and to discuss your career aspirations. Career conversations and putting together a career strategy can empower you by helping them make informed decisions about your trajectory and about career goals and choices.

Our career consultants will also be on hand throughout the programme to offer advice and guidance through our drop in sessions scheduled at various intervals.

Personal Leadership Profiling Discussions

Psychometric assessments can support you in raising your self-awareness, and helping you better understand your strengths and potential growth areas that you may want to place greater focus on to make the best impact in role and to support your development planning process.

All participants will have a Personal Leadership Profiling Discussion that includes completing two personality questionnaires. We use personality questionnaires to objectively assess your behaviour, style and attitudes in relation to different aspects of your working life as a leader. Questions will cover behavioural style in the areas of thought, influence, adaptability and delivery. Your responses are compared against those of senior managers to give a profile of your personal preferences and motivations. Your results will help us to predict how you are likely to behave in the four behavioural areas.  

In the one-to-one profiling session, conducted with a behavioural expert, you will explore the areas of your personality profile which are of particular interest to you, discussing how to continue to leverage your strengths as well as any development themes and objectives to focus on. The results will tie into the themes from your Career Conversation, including your current role and aspirations, and look at what they mean to you in practice.  We can also identify which dimensions are related to the key competencies and critical success factors for a role you might be interested in.

Development Report

We will also provide a detailed development report combining the outcomes from the Career Conversation and Personal Leadership Profiling Discussion which you can take with you through the programme. As part of the report, we will also benchmark your results again GatenbySanderson's (GS) unique ‘Altitude Leadership Framework’, a behavioural model based purely on research into what makes a successful public sector leader. It allows us to benchmark your profile against other leaders in the social housing sector and more broadly across the public sector.


All participants will have access to a fully trained and qualified Executive Coach with vast experience in developing leaders within the housing sector.

During two 1:1 coaching sessions and two group coaching sessions, you will be able to develop your strengths and growth areas through in-depth, focused and tailored discussions with your coach in your 1:1, and with your peers from the programme in your group sessions, facilitated by your coach.

The Lifecycle of a Recruitment Process

Our aim in this workshop is to give you a complete, unbiased view on the recruitment process, sharing some of the lessons that we have learnt from working with a diverse range of candidates across multiple disciplines; some of the things that have really worked, and equally some of those that have had the opposite effect. We will focus on advice of how to move from CV submission, to a preliminary interview to final panel.

Assessment Methods

Many recruitment processes today involve some form of assessment, whether that be psychometric tests and personality questionnaires, to engagement exercises, role plays and assessment centres.  In this workshop, we will walk through some of the different assessment methods that you will likely come across during a recruitment process, explaining why they might be used, what they are testing for and offering some hints and tips on how best to prepare and complete them.  In addition, we will cover how best to approach them in a ‘virtual’ environment.

CV and Supporting Statement

This workshop will break down some of the perceived barriers that exist to making a successful application. Working with executive search organisations can create a sense of mystery for some candidates, and part of our objective in this workshop is to break down some of this mystique and give further insight as to how you can ‘use’ search consultants to put yourself in the best possible position to make the strongest application.

Creating an Online Presence

This is about maximising your online presence and using all the online tools available to expand your networks and opportunities available in the market. This session will deliver basic LinkedIn coaching, how to amplify your online job search and how best to use your online presence to maximise your future opportunities.

Leadership Skills

There will be two leadership skills workshops focusing on Leading Yourself and Leading Others both of which will require some pre-work to prepare for them (this will help you get the most from the session). Both workshops will also be interactive with lots of opportunity for discussion and questions with the facilitators and other group members.

Leading Yourself – This workshop will focus on helping you understand your own personal leadership purpose and your leadership values. In addition we will highlight different leadership styles, help you to understand your default style and discuss the importance of leadership agility.

Leading Others – In this workshop we will discuss the importance of creating psychological safety and trust as a leader and the impact it has on performance. Highlighting theories underpinned by neuroscience, we’ll explore how good leaders motivate and influence their team to deliver more and better results. We’ll also offer some practical advice on how to lead remote and hybrid teams, and pitfalls to watch out for.