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Leadership and Management


At Leeds Beckett, we believe the most valuable commodity is our people. To get the best out of our people they should be inspired by great leadership.

The People Development Team is committed to developing and supporting all colleagues in leadership and management roles across our University. To do this, we can offer a range of opportunities and resources to support your personal development.

As well as our essential development for all managers, our Managers’ Toolkit, we have sessions available for all levels of management, from aspiring managers and team leaders to current managers who are looking to expand their knowledge and develop their techniques.

If you have any queries regarding your development please contact us at

New Managers
First, congratulations on your new appointment. We are here to support your transition into your new management role and provide you with the tools you need to be effective in your new role. The upcoming handbook will give you further information about the development opportunities available to you as a manager, from our essential Managers’ Toolkit courses to the leadership and management programmes we offer. If you have any queries regarding your development in the meantime, either speak to your manager or contact us by email at

Mentoring Scheme

To further assist your transition into your new role we are also able to offer you the opportunity to join our mentoring scheme. The aim of the mentoring will be to match you with an experienced manager, outside of your direct area, for the first 6 months.

If you choose to join our mentoring scheme, your mentor will provide you with additional support. They will be available to meet you on a regular basis and provide an objective and confidential sounding board. During the meetings you may want to discuss:

•    Your mentor’s past experiences and key learning in their career, and how this experience may help you.
•    Any issues and challenges you may be facing.
•    Possible strategies to overcome problems and avoid common mistakes.
•    Any further resources and support that are available.

Mentors are volunteers from our ILM programmes alumni and will be suggested based on the information provided by you. Managers will not be directly involved although you are asked to keep an open communication with them regarding this process and your meeting dates.

If you are a new manager, interested in joining our mentoring scheme, please contact

Development for Managers
Managers’ Toolkit

Our Managers’ Toolkit will support and inform your management role and is split between online modules and workshop sessions.

Managers will be automatically enrolled on the following essential modules on our People Development Online system:

• Disciplinary
• Finance*
• Grievance
• Managing Performance*
• Managing Stress
• PDR Reviewer

*Currently being updated

All managers are also required to book to attend the following workshops via the People
Development Programme.

Managing Sickness Absence

This essential session will explore the impact of sickness absence, how managers can influence levels of sickness absence and determine how to manage individual cases.

Recruitment & Selection

This session is aimed at staff who chair interview panels and staff who are recruitment panel members. The session covers the Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedure and relevant standard documentation in detail, examining the recruitment process from vacancy to induction. In the afternoon you will participate in exercises to develop shortlisting and interviewing skills.

Staff who are new to our University but have significant experience of recruitment and selection at another organisation may choose to leave at lunchtime. Staff who require a refresher only (and have previously attended face to face recruitment and selection training at our University) may choose to complete the online Recruitment and Selection Refresher module as an alternative to this session.

In addition to the essential sessions, please refer to our online People Development Programme or ‘Staff Development Sessions 2016/17’ booklet to view the optional Leadership and Management sessions that are available to you.

Leadership Programmes

We have delivered internal ILM programmes for our managers and aspiring managers during the past seven years. Our focus for the 2016/17 academic year is to support the delivery of leadership development for our new Deans of School, Heads of Subject and Directors of Research, followed by Course Directors.

We will therefore be unable to offer internal ILM programmes during 2016/17. However, The Leadership Centre in Leeds Business School continues to deliver ILM at all levels. Please contact them directly for further information.