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Strategic Leadership

Strategic Leadership

How do you balance the operational needs of your area whilst also taking a strategic perspective to ensure you are contributing to the future success of our university in this complex, ever changing world? Invest in your development by taking to time to explore new approaches, reflect on your experiences to date and share innovative ideas with your leadership peers.

Our new Learning Resources webpage contains links and references to many useful books, videos, podcasts and TED Talks, covering a wide range of topics, including leadership skills.

Multi-rater reports

What do your colleagues value about your leadership skills and practice?

Leadership skills and behaviours continually evolve and grow with experience. Taking time out to reflect is an essential part of the learning process made richer by the opportunity to share and exchange views with others. Our 360 degree feedback tools provide a safe and confidential way to check your perceptions with those of key colleagues. In addition to gathering valuable information to underpin your own development, using 360 degree feedback encourages a culture of feedback in your area and creates a learning experience for everyone involved.

We have a number of multi-rater development tools to support this process - EQI 360, Linking Leader and TLQ. Further details about these are below.

For each of the tools, reports are created specifically to your requirements and development plans created during the associated 1:1 coaching sessions. Contact us at if you are interested in discussing any of these tools further.

EQI 360

The EQ-i 360 is an online questionnaire measuring emotional intelligence in five composite areas; self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal, decision-making and stress management.

It is about understanding your emotions and working with them in an intelligent way. This questionnaire asks candidates, and their choice of key stakeholders, about how frequently they use different emotional skills. The feedback will enable you to prioritise your personal leadership development needs and compare yourself to an aspirational norm group. There is also a final section for free-text responses.

Linking Leader

The Linking Leader online questionnaire is based on research in to the key Leadership Skills needed to link people, tasks and strategy.

This report provides detailed feedback on the relative importance and satisfaction rates for each. Feedback also includes an order of importance, gap analysis, feedback per question, and tailored narrative suggestions for improvement. Each of the 13 skills are independent of personality and directly impact on the performance of teams. The feedback will enable you to focus on key areas for development and explore the different needs of your key stakeholder groups.

The Linking Leader exercise was a positive experience for me, which I continue to benefit from. It is very helpful to remind myself on difficult days that most of my team recognise that I care about them and our students and I am working hard to do the best job I can for them. Some of them regularly give me feedback since the linking leader exercise and I am much less worried now when I get suggestions that I haven’t got things quite right.

Belinda Cooke - Head of Subject - Carnegie School Of Sport


The Transformational Leadership Questionnaire measures engaging leadership behaviour and is based on extensive research in the HE sector.

The report raises awareness of leadership style and understanding the impact that style has on enhancing employee well-being and improving organisational effectiveness. Feedback focusses on a gap analysis from each respondent group for each behaviour and a more detailed look at the impact analysis from your direct reports. There is also a final section for free-text responses.

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Tailored Development

Why not benefit from our professional expertise by inviting us in to create a tailored development plan for your team/area?

We can help you identify the strengths, challenges and opportunities for your team and then work with you to support your continued improvement on your development journey.

Find out more on our Tailored Development webpage.

People and OD Team

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