Leaders Plus

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

The 9-month course – updated in 2017 with help from Strategic Content, alumni and mentors – features next-level leadership skills from Urbancanda; Chatham House insight from top professionals; a three-semester structure for better retention; exclusive online course materials; and a strong focus on participant outcomes. We’ve also kept the final Proposal for London assignment, which has produced some brilliant ideas.

Each cohort offers four spaces to private- or third-sector candidates to broaden understanding. Candidates come from different disciplines, but all manage complex projects and/or organisational initiatives, and have had some leadership training.

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 330-strong Alumni Network.

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.
  • Immediate entry into the Alumni Network, with its events, resources and peer support

How do candidates learn?

  • Executive-level leadership skills workshops
  • Insights from expert speakers
  • ‘Mapping’ field trips and workshops, based on current London issues
  • Peer discussion, visits and presentations
  • Confidential mentoring, for advice and resources
  • Structured reflection
  • Structured and informal networking
  • Priority access to all Future of London mainstream programming
  • A final assignment which requires research, creativity, presentation skills – and a brave idea.

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We’re grateful to lead sponsor Argent LLP and to Lewis Silkin for hosting the classroom-based sessions.

To find out more about the course or about nominating a candidate,contact Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle and/or download the Leaders Plus prospectus here [PDF].