Society of Leadership Fellows

Below we set out the dates and themes of our Leadership Conversations through to January 2020. Some Conversations are marked “Fellows only” because attendance is restricted to Leadership Fellows. Others are marked “Fellows+” because we are very happy to welcome Fellows’ nominees, such as a member of their top team or a key business partner. 

Our four price bands

There are four price bands for our Leadership Conversations. Fees are all-inclusive and VAT exempt.

  • One-day Leadership Conversations, at least four a year, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Fee: £400
  • One-night Leadership Conversations, at least six a year, from 6.00pm on day one until 3.30pm on day two. Fee: £745
  • Two-night Leadership Conversations, twice a year and on different aspects of the theme of “going from good to great” as leaders, from 6.00pm on day one until 11.00am on day three. Fee: £1145
  • Three-night Leadership Conversations, also twice a year and combining into one integrated programme the themes of five previous Leadership Conversations. From 6.00pm on day one until 11.00am on day four. Fee: £1475

All one-day Conversations include lunch and refreshments in the 600 year old Vicars’ Hall, facilitation and support as part of the all-inclusive fee.

All overnight Conversations include overnight accommodation in St George’s House, next to St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle, all meals and refreshments, facilitation and support as part of the all-inclusive fee.  They start at 6.00pm on day one, after the option of joining Evensong in the Chapel. We work together in the Vicars’ Hall.

Leadership Insights

The Leadership Insights arising from our first twenty Leadership Conversations are now available on our Leadership Insights page.

 

Leadership Conversation
21
You as a leader - in July 2021
From 6.00pm on Thursday 19th July 2018 until 3.30pm on Friday 20th
The first of our Leadership Conversations structured around our three core guiding principles of trust, connect and stretch, to make this one of our most trusting, connected and stretching Conversations so far. If you click on the agenda below you will see how we hope to support every Leadership Fellow joining us in gaining fresh insights into your future leadership options and ending up with a clear strategy for managing those self-limiting behaviours that we all have - and making sure they don’t get in your way. Everyone else in the group is there to be your sounding board, just as you are part of theirs. Fellows only

The list of participants joining us for this Conversation can be found on the Agenda page (link below).
See the Agenda
Leadership Conversation
22
Integrity in leadership
From 9.00am until 3.00pm on Wednesday September 12th 2018
We expect this to be our best attended Conversation of the year. It follows on from our Annual Gathering for Leadership Fellows in St George's Chapel the previous evening, and will pick up on the main themes developed during the Gathering as well as building on the outcomes of our June 5 Conversation. We hope to develop some propositions that are not only useful to Leadership Fellows joining us on the day, but also help to set some benchmark standards for integrity in leadership that ripple out across all sectors and levels of leadership.

The list of participants joining us for this Conversation can be found on the Agenda page (link below).
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Leadership Conversation
23
Stretching your top talent
From 6.00pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018 until 3.30pm on Wednesday 17th
This Conversation is designed for Chief Executives and Executive Directors to explore what more you should be doing to stretch your top talent. We will focus on your roles as talent spotter and people developer, in a format designed to generate an extensive menu of fresh ideas around talent development. Is it time to rethink your culture for teams, so that there is more space for your best people to grow and flourish? Should you “reshuffle the pack” more often, to re-energise those who have got stuck in a rut? And what might YOU do differently to encourage your most talented people to stretch themselves more? Fellows +

The list of participants joining us for this Conversation can be found on the Agenda page (link below).
See the Agenda
Leadership Conversation
24
Managing conflict to maximise creativity
From 6.00pm on Monday 19th November 2018 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 20th
So many leaders say that they try to avoid conflict in their dealings with others. How can we manage conflict differently in teams so that we take it less personally and help others to become less intimidated by it? Could any of the suggested team practices and leadership behaviours in the background paper and agenda be of use to YOU - and if so, could you hope to develop some more with other Fellows through joining this particular Conversation? Fellows+

The list of participants joining us for this Conversation can be found on the Agenda page (link below).
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Leadership Conversation
25
Achieving your top priorities in 2019
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Wednesday December 12th 2018
This Conversation is now FULLY BOOKED, and the list of Fellows joining us is on the Agenda page (link below).

If you would have been interested in booking for this Conversation, please see the details for our February 5 Conversation below that will follow broadly the same agenda as this one.
See the Agenda
Leadership Conversation
26
Think, Reflect, Act - getting the balance right
From 6.00pm on Thursday 24th January 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 25th
A follow-up to our Conversation earlier this year on "Think Today, Reflect Tonight, Act Tomorrow". The core group of Fellows who joined us then will be returning - and they are looking for some fresh blood to help move out thinking on to the next stage. In February we confronted the hard truth that many leaders are “speed junkies”. Rather than creating space for ourselves to think and reflect before and after we act, we tend to act today/ tonight and tomorrow and fit in our thinking and reflection in spare moments! In this session we will ask how can we encourage our Boards and top teams to spend more time “reflecting together” so that key strategic decisions form part of a more thoughtful leadership culture. What needs to change to convert the “stop/ start" leadership habit of many organisations into one that is about ongoing movement forward, reflecting and learning as we go? Limited places available. Fellows Only

The list of participants joining us for this Conversation can be found on the Agenda page (link below).
See the Agenda
Leadership Conversation
27
Achieving your priorities in 2019 - 5 weeks in
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday February 5th 2019
This will build on the outcomes of December's Conversation on the same theme. It is designed to support you in taking stock of your priorities as a leader in 2019, asking what personal strategies you need to ensure that you don't get in your own way this year and really nail your priorities for 2019 sooner rather than later. Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
28
Embracing the challenge of disruptive leadership
From 6.00pm on Monday 25th February 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th
We talk a lot about the importance of the disruptive leader, and how disruptive leadership needs to be positive and creative. At this Conversation we will drill down into the challenges that we face becoming more disruptive as leaders, to help kickstart the changes in behaviour and culture that we want. How can we know when we are in one of those situations where we are called on to be disruptive? What level of risk is acceptable, and when does the disruption become TOO risky - and a step too far? What are the top 10 practical actions that we should have on our mental list of Might Do’s - in relation to our Board, top team, key partners and wider staff team - to ensure that we can use disruptive leadership to avoid our organisation becoming too predictable and pedestrian? What do we see as the one or two disruptive actions that could best enable us to establish our personal brand and style as a leader that much more confidently? Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
29
Becoming more effective as a thought leader
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday March 14th 2019
Nowadays so many of us work in so many different networks where we are called upon to play different sorts of roles as thought leaders. In these settings, leadership is less and less about formal authority and more and more about our capacity to exercise informal influence over others. This is why we will “compare notes” at this Conversation and ask what are our top DO’s and DON’Ts that should enable us to exercise greater informal influence as thought leaders. We will also ask what is the best way of attracting top quality peers to us, so that we work more closely alongside those from whom we can learn the most as well as extending our reach and influence as thought leaders. Fellows only
Leadership Conversation
30
Outstanding leadership: five key elements
From 6.00pm on Sunday 24th March 2019 until 11.00am on Wednesday 27th
The first time we will be offering an intensive three-night residential exploring the core elements of five different themes that have each been the subject of separate Leadership Conversations. At this one we will follow through the themes of trustworthy leadership, integrity in leadership, courage in leadership, leading a winning team and driving ambition for our organisation. For each theme, the Leadership Insights from a previous Conversation will provide our starting point. These will be set out in the extended background paper, so that the Conversation itself is free-flowing and follows our usual highly interactive format. This Conversation will support you in re-evaluating how you define yourself as a leader and empower others, truly modelling the behaviours of outstanding leadership that you seek from those around you. It will be pacy, challenging, stretching - and hopefully seriously energising for everyone joining us! (All-inclusive fee of £1,475 - please see top of page.) Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
31
Stepping forward as leaders of culture change
From 6.00pm on Thursday 25th April 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 26th
At an earlier Conversation we agreed that leading culture change is in many ways PERSONAL to us as leaders. We need to offer passion, vision and hope for a better tomorrow. We occasionally need to become a disruptor, too, and name the tensions in the culture that we want to leave behind. Above all else, we need to make sure that our people can connect better with us. We will ask what we each see as the two or three aspects of our leadership style that we need to work on to achieve a stronger connection, and will support each other in doing just that, so that we can each step forward more confidently as a leader of culture change. Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
32
Maintaining the courage to reach for the stars
From 6.00pm on Sunday 12th May 2019 until 11.00am on Tuesday 14th
We will start by asking you to imagine that over the next few years you are able to achieve what you now regard as your full potential as a leader. By some means, you have reached for the stars – and arrived! As you bring to life this possible future, we will ask what excites you about it and also whether you feel it might be a step too far. From this standpoint of self-challenge, we will support each other in exploring those greatest strengths of ours that are key to us achieving our ambitions as leaders. We will then ask what more we should each be doing to disarm our “inner saboteur” in those moments when we are doubting ourselves, so that we become more courageous in the ways we reach for the stars – and can truly achieve our higher purpose as leaders. Fellows only
Leadership Conversation
33
Role-modelling integrity in leadership
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday June 4th 2019
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
34
Can leaders be fair and sometimes ruthless too?
From 6.00pm on Thursday 20th June 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 21st
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
35
Creating an all-star top team
From 6.00pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 12th
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
36
The disruptive leader (Part 2)
From 9.00am until 3.00pm on Wednesday September 11th 2019
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
37
You as a leader - in September 2022
From 6.00pm on Monday 23rd September 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 24th
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
38
Outstanding leadership: five key elements (Part 2)
From 6.00pm on Sunday 13th October 2019 until 11.00am on Wednesday 16th
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
39
For leaders as empowerers: reframing control
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday October 29th 2019
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
40
From good to great: creating your own fast track
From 6.00pm on Sunday 10th November 2019 until 11.00am on Tuesday 12th
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
41
Developing your brand as a leader
From 6.00pm on Monday 25th November 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
42
Achieving your top priorities in 2020
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday December 10th 2019
Summary details to follow
Leadership Conversation
43
Courage in leadership: facing the challenge
From 6.00pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 24th
Summary details to follow

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