Leaders Plus


Exclusive to Future of London members, Leaders Plus was created in 2013 as a “next level” for the Future London Leaders course. Where FLL focuses on personal development, guiding practitioners toward leadership, Leaders Plus equips candidates already in leadership roles to navigate increasing risk and responsibility.

Candidates come from different disciplines, but all manage complex projects and/or organisational initiatives. They’re not required to have undertaken FLL, but should have some leadership training. The current group is here – each cohort now includes up to four private- or third-sector candidates, for more understanding across the urban sector.

Ahead of the 2017 launch, Leaders Plus went through a re-boot, with input from alumni, mentors and nominators plus analysis and curriculum design from SME Strategic Content. The nine-month course now features more senior Leadership Skills sessions from Urbancanda, a three-part structure for better retention, and other tweaks to focus on participant outcomes.

Leaders Plus graduates are welcome to audit the new sessions when there’s space; your feedback over time has helped shape the programme, and we’d like you to experience and reflect on the changes. If you’re interested, email sabrina@futureoflondon.org.uk

As always, the nine-month course includes Chatham-House insight from top practitioners, executive-level training and interactive workshops to expand creativity and build skills, plus online session summaries. We’ve also kept the final PechaKucha-style Proposal for London assignment, which has produced some brilliant ideas.

Perhaps the most critical component is the people. Individually-matched mentors act as sounding boards and advisors, and the cohort itself becomes a significant professional resource, within Future of London’s larger Alumni Network (now at 315 members).

What do graduates gain?

  • An enhanced set of leadership skills designed to enable them to inspire teams, build trust and navigate complex situations.
  • The increased confidence and authority to influence others, tackle unexpected challenges and win over stakeholders at all levels.
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives, fresh approaches and practical tools that foster expansive/creative/innovative thinking.
  • A safe, confidential and supportive environment to test, develop and enhance ideas and skills.
  • The knowledge, insight and support of a diverse range of peers, other sector professionals and a personal mentor, all of whom share their passion and commitment to the future of London.

How do candidates learn?

  • Facilitated skills-development workshops
  • Insights from expert industry speakers
  • ‘Mapping’ field trips and workshops
  • Peer discussion, visits and presentations
  • Confidential mentoring, for advice and resources
  • Structured reflection

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We’re grateful to Argent LLP, joining as lead sponsor from the 2016-17 round, to to Lewis Silkin for hosting the classroom-based sessions.

The Leaders Plus Prospectus can be downloaded here [PDF].

For further info on any of our Leadership programmes, please contact Sabrina Belle.

Leaders Plus is supported by Argent and Lewis Silkin