Leading through turbulent times - A Leadership Development Programme

The events of 2020 and the consequences of Covid-19 will continue to impact people and organisations through 2021 and beyond.

Please note that we have revised the start date for this course, details are included below.

The term VUCA, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, has been used to describe periods of challenge for organisations for example, post the financial crisis of 2008.  Due to the prolonged and continuous uncertainty caused by Coronavirus, leaders and managers face unprecedented challenges as they seek to steer their people, teams and organisation through these turbulent times. We are in another VUCA period. For Public Sector organisations there is the additional complexity of a need to continue to seamlessly provide essential services to their communities.

Unlike other crisis, the Coronavirus crisis has impacted everyone in some way, including leaders and managers themselves. Leaders now need to be able to safeguard their own health, wellbeing and resilience, inspire their people, engage people in a new vision, manage capability and performance with empathy, deliver essential services and ensure an effective prioritisation of both strategic and operational needs. All of this is set within a context of significant change within Public Sector organisations as well as the communities they serve.

The aim of this programme is to provide senior and middle managers with the skills, knowledge and capability to lead their people through turbulent times. Delivered virtually, this programme provides a flexible approach to learning through short webinars which address key issues and provide practical tools to support managers.

East Midlands Councils has partnered with Dr Suzanne Ross from 2thrive Consultancy to provide a unique leadership development programme designed to support senior and middle managers.

Key themes of the programme

All in the context of the unique challenges posed by Covid-19 including change, complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty.

  • Self-leadership
  • Leading the organisation
  • Leading people
  • Leading teams

The aim of this programme is to help managers and leaders to:

  • Develop self-awareness of their own leadership and resilience during turbulence and change
  • Respond to the challenges a crisis and long term uncertainty create for organisations, teams and people
  • Identify ways in which organisations can build their resilience, adapt to change and engage their people during turbulent times
  • Address key challenges when leading and managing people during change and uncertainty
  • Identify strategies and actions to support performance, engagement and wellbeing of people during change

The programme offers

  • A cohesive and integrated programme of development
  • A webinar to open and close the programme
  • A series of webinars of 3 hours duration addressing key issues for leaders leading during turbulent times
  • Use of issues-based Action Learning Sets (ALS) to facilitate application of learning, build collaboration and address challenging problems
  • Ongoing Action Planning

Programme Guide

Leading through turbulent times - for Middle Managers

Leadership Development Programme Information  - information on the programme including modules and the Action Learning


£850 per place plus VAT.

The cost per place on the course will be £850 plus VAT.

Group discount available for bookings of 5 or more, please contact Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk for information.

Programme Dates 

Starting Thursday 25th February 2021

  • Opening webinar: Thursday 25th February 9:30 - 11:30
  • Webinar 1: Thursday 11 March 9:30 - 12:30
  • Webinar 2: Wednesday 24th March 9:30 - 12:30
  • Webinar 3: Thursday 8th April 9:30 - 12:30
  • Webinar 4: Thursday 22nd April 9:30 - 12:30
  • Webinar 5: Tuesday 4th May 13:00 - 16:00
  • Webinar 6: Tuesday 18th May 13:00 - 16:00
  • Webinar 7: Thursday 3rd June 13:00 - 16:00
  • Webinar 8: Thursday 17th June 9:30 - 12:30
  • Closing webinar: Wednesday 30th June 9:30 - 11:30

The first cohort will start in February 2021, with further cohorts starting in March and in the new financial year, dates for all cohorts will be available shortly.

Upcoming Dates for this event

Date: 25/02/2021 - 25/02/2021

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Deadline for booking tickets: Mon 01 Feb 2021

Venue: Virtual Leadership Development Programme using MS Teams, ,