UQ Leaders is a brand new personal development programme for individuals looking to grow confidence in leading self and others.

The human elements of successful leadership

Launching as an open programme this summer 2024, the programme takes a person first approach and focusses on the human elements of successful leadership. By enabling the realisation that who you are is as important as what you do, we create leaders others want to follow.

A focus on behaviour

UQ Leaders has been carefully designed to meet the urgent need for an interactive leadership experience that promotes the positive leadership behaviour necessary for individuals and organisations to thrive in our fast-paced, post pandemic world. The programme is for anyone who wishes to develop positive leadership behaviour and realise their full leadership potential. It is particularly suited for graduates, early career talent, and first time leaders, as well as technical and professional experts stepping into people leadership roles.

Historically we have only run closed programmes for groups from a single organisation. In response to growing demand, this is the first time UQ Leaders will be accessible as an open course that anyone can join, and we are very excited to be sharing this learning on a larger scale than ever before. Group sizes are deliberately kept to no more than twelve delegates per cohort to maximise learning and allow all participants to contribute fully and build effective peer networks. The programme brings together individuals from across organisations and industries to learn together and from one another in an environment of supportive challenge.

The UQ Leaders programme is an inclusive programme that has been designed to develop leaders in any organisation. It is comprehensive enough to fulfil a standalone leadership development need, so is ideal for those organisations that have no dedicated learning and development function or formal leadership talent programme in place. The programme also complements existing in-house programmes that are typically more skills focussed and context specific, so UQ Leaders also works incredibly well as an additional layer of professional development.

A development journey

UQ Leaders is a nine month developmental journey that combines self-directed learning via bitesize online modules and personal reflection with peer group coaching alongside others at similar stages in their career. The variety of delivery methods is designed to suit different learning preferences and will strengthen leadership confidence and impact. The programme is designed to give you insights you can start applying straight away, as well as a toolkit you can return to again and again as you progress in your leadership journey within your current organisation and beyond. No leadership programme can provide for every eventuality, but what we teach gives you the knowledge, understanding and confidence you need to deal with any situation that may arise in the workplace and in the world so there is tangible personal and professional impact.

Confidence and competence

To complete the programme, you will need two hours per month to attend the live group coaching sessions, as well as approximately two hours per month to complete the online learning modules and reflective exercises. There is also an optional upgrade to enhance your leadership experience and accelerate your learning. As well as the full UQ Leaders programme, UQ Leaders Plus includes three one-to-one coaching sessions delivered by experienced Executive Leadership Coach Louise Thom. This addition will expand your leadership impact by providing you with an extra level of personalised challenge and encouragement to further deepen and accelerate your learning.

The programme builds leadership competence and confidence enabling you to lead on a larger scale and have more impact with better results. After completing the programme, you will feel comfortable in your own skin, leading from the core of your true self, from a solid grounding of the cornerstones of leadership character and more positive in recognising and playing to your preferences. You will be able to have better conversations by bringing clarity to your communications and building genuine connections with others. You will feel confident enough to have the difficult conversations that are a necessary part of being a leader to bring people together to overcome the challenges you face as a team. If you want to become a leader others want to follow, this is the programme for you.

To complete the programme, you will need two hours per month to attend the live group coaching sessions, as well as approximately two hours to complete the online learning modules and reflective exercises. There is an optional upgrade to enhance your leadership experience and accelerate your learning. As well as the full UQ Leaders programme, UQ Leaders Plus includes three one-to-one coaching sessions delivered by experienced leadership coach Louise Thom. This addition will expand your leadership impact by providing you with an extra level of personalised challenge and encouragement to further deepen and accelerate your learning. 

The programme includes comprehensive course materials which you can work through at your own pace online, and monthly live group coaching sessions you will attend alongside the rest of your cohort. During the programme you will explore the following course modules:

  • Who am I at my C.O.R.E.?
  • Facing my fears
  • Playing to my preferences
  • Knowing the FACTs
  • Giving good vibes
  • Being brave
  • Speaking volumes
  • Understanding the world I lead in
  • Handling any situation
  • Understanding others
  • Understanding relationships

These modules consist of deep dives into each part of the pioneering UQ and Leadership S.T.O.R.Y learning models developed by Louise Thom following decades of research and learning and development experience. In all our work we seek to reinstate the connection between heart and mind to develop character, competence, communication and connection, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience on the nine month UQ Leaders programme.

The UQ Leaders programme includes:

  • Full access to online course content
  • 9 x two hour group coaching sessions online
  • UQ and S.T.O.R.Y course manuals
  • Reflective journal for each topic
  • Copy of The UQ Leaders Handbook
  • Access to the UQ Library
  • Mobile access to Confident Conversation Tools
  • Optional extra layer of support with UQ Leaders Plus which includes three one-to-one coaching sessions

Starting your UQ journey

Courses run each January and September and the next three cohorts commence on Thursday 12th September 2024, Thursday 23rd January 2025 and Thursday 11th September 2025. With a strictly limited number of spaces to preserve the integrity of the experience and ensure maximum value for all participants, we expect cohorts to sell out quickly. If you’re interested in booking a place for yourself, or reserving spaces for some of your team on one of the 2024 or 2025 cohorts, email louise@uqcoaching.com today. Please include the start date of the cohort you wish to attend and the number of spaces you’re looking to reserve.

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