Amidst the business challenges of agile competition, innovation and collaboration, organisations are changing – many are moving away from static hierarchies toward flatter more flexible structures to free up their people to meet customer need. Success relies on collaborative leadership practices that move beyond command and control to a collective, distributed, shared approach to delivering results. At Roffey Park we understand that this is no easy task for leaders who face increasing pressure simply to get the job done on a day-to-day basis.  So how do they adapt their leadership practice to suit new organisational forms? Clear Leadership can help.

Course Overview

Clear Leadership is a collaborative leadership programme which is based on the globally renowned work of Dr Gervase Bushe, providing a powerful set of skills that empowers leaders to think and behave collaboratively.  The skills of Clear Leadership are Self-awareness, Descriptiveness, Curiosity and Appreciation.

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Clear Leadership: A collaborative approach to leadership – Programme Summary

Clear Leadership is a collaborative leadership programme based on the globally renowned work of Dr Gervase Bushe.

Key features of the programme:

Highly experiential
The programme combines research-based theory with highly interactive activities and skills practise which means participants leave the programme being able to think and behave differently.

Modular design
The programme is split into two, two-day modules enabling participants to consolidate their understanding and practise the ideas and methods during the time between modules. Participants are given reading before the programme which enables them to understand the underlying theory so that time together is spent working on real work issues and practising skills.

Highly relevant
Without collaborative leadership, organisations will experience difficulties in almost every area – silos, low staff engagement, high levels of stress and fragmented implementation of change.  Clear Leadership develops a powerful set of skills that enables participants to think and behave differently in the face of these challenges.

Is this programme for me?

Clear Leadership is aimed at middle to senior managers who want to develop their collaborative leadership practice and unlock the potential of collective success.  This programme is for you if:

  • You are a middle to senior leader who wants to develop a collaborative leadership approach
  • You are working in an organisation structure which relies on increased collaboration and want to understand how to lead successfully in this environment
  • You are a senior HR or OD professional who wants to develop your organisation’s culture so that it is centred on a collective purpose

What will you be able to do at the end of the course?

Increased capability to lead as an affirming, appreciative developer of people
You’ll have clarity about what behaviour you want to experience more of in yourself and in others and know how to use this to build strength in yourself and your team.

Greater self-awareness, thinking and observation skills
You’ll know how to understand your moment to moment experience, so that you make excellent choices about what to say and do as a leader

Understand how to communicate compelling messages
Develop your capability to influence others by being clearer about the expectations you have of yourself and others.

Listen and empower others
Know how to listen and understand different perspectives, needs and feelings of others so you can make informed decisions and build collective action.

Delivery Team

Programme Director: Tom Kenward

Cindy Cox
Ken Ingram
Andy Smith
Caroline Stearman

What you’ll get out of Clear Leadership

Participants tell us that Clear Leadership is a highly practical, energising programme that really shifts their practice and ability to build collaborative working in their organisation.  You will understand that:

  • Being more aware helps you to be more effective about deciding what you say and do
  • Being descriptive helps reduce the inaccurate stories that people make up about you
  • Being curious helps you to understand where others are coming from
  • Being appreciative helps you get more of what you want

And when combined these create collaborative leadership skills that make a difference.  At Roffey Park, our experts are here to get the best out of you so you can give the best back. Sign up today.

To find out more about the programme contact the Client & Student Services TeamWe can also run this programme as an in-house programme which can be real value-for-money for groups of six or more. 

Contact the Client & Student Services team by email or telephone 01293 854042

Delivery Formats

  • Face-to-face, in an open group, at one of our training centres. You can select a start date and book here to follow one of our open programmes. This Clear Leadership course is regularly offered in our centres in Horsham (near London Gatwick airport), Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester and Singapore. You will be amongst like-minded individuals from other organisations, so there is also an opportunity to compare notes and learn from your peers.
  • Face-to-face, in your own private group
    We can offer the same Clear Leadership programme uniquely for your organisation. We come to you, on-site or off-site, and deliver the standard programme, or even a custom version to further meet your organisational goals.
  • Live online, We also deliver the exact same Clear Leadership programme through a rich blend of live, interactive online sessions, and pre- and post-reading and reflection. We use a range of up-to-the minute technologies, underpinned with our long-established learning management system. We provide a learning experience to remote, distributed or scattered teams with identical learning outcomes guaranteed. Live online programmes also save on travel time, accommodation fees and environmental impact.


Benefits of collaborative leadership for Organisations:

On completing Roffey Park’s Clear Leadership programme your leader will:

  • Be to develop and lead high performing teams improving their commitment and productivity as a result
  • Have a stronger business focus which will improve their ability to make decisions and lead in ambiguity
  • Have greater confidence and conviction in their collaborative leadership practice and purpose.
  • Be able to work through differences and conflict without losing trust, respect or commitment from their team

Benefits for leaders:

  • Be able to lead with more confidence and clarity
  • Improve your self-awareness and ability to notice your experience and the experience of others so you can make informed choices on what to say or do as a leader
  • Improve your leadership influence and communication approach so you are clearer about the expectations you have of yourself and others.
  • Develop your confidence to resolve conflict and differences in order to work more effectively together.
  • Be more understood by others so that you make excellent decisions and create strong partnerships that foster shared commitment.

This was an intensive and enriching personal development experience. I appreciated the variation in large group work, small group work and working with learning partners. I valued the people I was learning with and the transparency of our conversations. My personal experience was a developmental shift and an increasing understanding of self with greater clarity of what had been on my mental map but out of my awareness. For the first time in my life I saw a pattern that I hadn’t spotted before and became acutely aware of the impact that had on my daily being.

Caroline Mabey, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

After attending the Clear Leadership Programme, yesterday I attempted my first learning conversation with a colleague.  They hadn’t been on the programme but I shared the approach in advance, explained the idea and, of course, it was a trusted relationship.  I was really pleased with the outcome of the conversation.  We did not try to solve the issue, just gain clarity and both of us agreed that we each walked away with one lightbulb moment that has significantly helped to reduce the mush!

Chris Rawlings, Perrigo Company plc

Programme director

Photo of Tom Kenward
Tom Kenward
Meet the team

When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham (London, Gatwick), UK All 2 Modules 4 to Available £1,900* N/A Book
Part 1 2 to Available N/A N/A Book
Part 2 2 to Available N/A N/A

Programme Outline

Clear Leadership: a collaborative leadership approach programme diagram

Module 1

Day 1 – The Aware Self

On the first day we’ll develop your skills and ability to improve your awareness of your experience, so that you know, on a moment by moment basis, what you are thinking, feeling, observing and wanting.  We’ll then develop your skills and knowledge of how to make sense of your experience and the experience of those around you.

Day 2 – The Descriptive Self

During day two we develop your ability to be clearer in how you describe your experience.  We’ll explore how to describe difficult, confrontational aspects of your experience in a way that doesn’t make others defensive, but elicits a willingness to listen and understand.

In-between modules

Participants are asked to consolidate their learning and practise the skills of clear leadership on a daily basis.

Module 2

Day 3 – The Appreciative and Curious Selves

After reconnecting and sharing the experiences of their practice since module 1, participants begin to grow their Clear Leadership skills by being more able to observe question and probe others to understand what they are thinking, feeling and wanting.

Day 4 – Conflict and Learning at Work

The final day brings together the skills of Clear Leadership to enable you to lead organisational learning conversations. This is highly methodical way to understand and be clear about the experiences people are having and, as a result, change problem patterns and work differently together in the future.