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Team Leadership

Following this challenging academic year, we hope everyone will be taking time to have a break over summer. For some this may also be a chance to find a little time for development. With that in mind we have pulled together some of our favourite development resources for you, including some sessions you may have missed earlier in the year. There are a mix of videos, podcasts and online modules for you to access at a time that suits you.

We had added a brief summary of the content, and the time it will take to complete, so you can choose the most appropriate resource for you.

Do let us know what you think of these resources and if there are any more you would suggest we include in future POD Recommends. You can email us at

What POD recommends

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Craig Downing and Sue O'Boyle give an overview of this new strand to our mentoring offer, explaining how leadership development can be enhanced by exploring and embracing the diversity in our university community. They highlight the opportunities provided by diversity mentoring to share lived experiences and build valuable connections.

This module, made up of a series of videos, introduces the concept of 'inclusive leadership' and the potential challenges and benefits. 

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This Youtube video explains the Blessing White model of engagement. It presents the dynamics of individual contribution and satisfaction and how this must align with organisational goals. I texplores the roles and responsibilities of individuals, managers, and leaders. It also highlights the importance of honest conversations and the need to build community.

This YouTube video is a summary of the Patrick Lencioni Book "The Five Dysfunctions of the Team." It provides a good introduction to the model and concepts. For further detail it is best to read the full book.

A podcast by Patrick Lencioni and his team looking at accountability and why it is powerful peer to peer but must be role modelled by leaders.

This module provides an overview of LBU's approach to sickness absence and is aimed at new managers or managers looking for a refresher.  The learning takes a practical look at how to implement our absence management process and explores how to best support colleagues throughout.

This module will help you to navigate performance improvement conversations with confidence, focusing on positive outcomes for all.

This talk Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe explores relevant research on leadership and team cultures that are characterised by high levels of readiness for change, innovation and wellbeing and what this means in terms of the key behaviours HE leaders at all levels need to adopt to be effective in our rapidly changing world and to protect their own health.

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Our Wellbeing Manager, Sarah Moore, shares 5 key tips for managers to support the wellbeing of everyone in their teams.  These include checking your own wellbeing, familiarising yourself with resources and information, and using the wider team to support wellbeing.

A step-by-step guide designed to help you identify the signs that an individual might benefit from a wellbeing conversation; plan a conversation, including how to get started and how to encourage them to take positive actions for their wellbeing; ask open questions which will prompt reflection and useful discussion and be aware of potential issues which might arise and to decide how you could handle these.

This module aims to help managers to identify wellbeing warning signals in their team members and to feel confident in holding open, supportive discussions.

This module explores various tools and technique to support managers leading people in times of change. The course considers change and uncertainty and how this impacts on leadership, explores a new approach to leading, how to maintain psychological safety and celebrate resilience.

This module has two main parts; the first part looks at managing a remote team and the second looks at hints and tips for remote working, which are relevant for all colleagues. For managers, the course will explore how you can support your team remotely, keep colleagues focussed on the vision and how to ensure that quality and output is maintained. Colleagues working at home will also have the opportunity to explore how to create a good space to work, how to minimise distractions and how to be productive and focused.

Our HR Policy Adviser, Julia Gaskin, explains the key principles of flexible working at LBU.  Helen White, SCA Head of Subject, and Alex Allen, ITS Service Desk Manager, share their experiences of managing teams where colleagues are working flexibly.  Nicki Gant, HR Adviser, provides an insight into some of the common questions about flexible working which she's been asked by managers.

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.

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Management Matters

Management Matters is a series of short webinar sessions on a range of management topics and challenges. 

These sessions are designed to support operational line management, for colleagues new to management and also experienced managers seeking to refresh their people management knowledge and skills. They are an accessible way of gaining insight into key skills and discussing shared experiences.

Find out more on our Management Matters webpage, which also contains some key information, resources and links for managers.

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One to One coaching support based upon asking questions and challenging perceptions, allowing colleagues space to reflect and consider different ways of moving forward to achieve a specified goal. 
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Peer support scheme to help managers develop their leadership capabilities through structured conversations with a more experienced colleague. 

Leadership Masterclasses

We run a range of Masterclasses tailored to different management groups. 

The masterclasses provide examples of good practice and networking opportunities to share new ideas, challenge thinking and learn from each other's experiences.  

More information on our various events can be viewed on our Leadership Masterclasses webpage.

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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.

Leading Change

Supporting our colleagues through major change is an important aspect of our work. We recognise that whilst change may present exciting opportunities it can also bring great challenges and stress. Our Change at Leeds Beckett webpage has been designed to provide practical advice, resources and other support, whether you’re experiencing or managing change.

Working closely with the HR Business Partners, the typical forms of support we can offer include:-

  • Leadership Team support through the change process
  • Surveys to gather colleagues concerns and aspirations
  • Facilitated discussions around key themes
  • Advising people how to access appropriate development opportunities
  • Provision of tailored change workshops
  • 1:1 career conversations for colleagues
  • Coaching and mentoring for leaders and managers

People Development Online

People Development Online is our university’s online training system, which includes a variety of modules to assist you in your role.

Essential Modules for All Colleagues

All new starters are automatically set up on the training system and enrolled onto the following essential modules -

  • Data Protection
  • Equality and Diversity
  • H&S Essentials
  • Information Security Awareness
  • Prevent Duty Awareness

Completion of these essential modules, plus any others that have been deemed essential based on job role/individual needs assessment, should be encouraged and regular updates will be sent via module owners and Deans/Directors. More information on essential training can be found in our Training Matrix.

Modules for Managers

In addition to our Management Matters webinars, we have several Management Matters Online modules available via People Development Online to support you with processes you may be involved with as a manager -

  • Managing Stress
  • Finance
  • Disciplinary
  • Grievance
  • Recruitment and Selection Refresher (every 3 years)

All the modules can be accessed at any time via the systems training library and completed at your own pace.
We also have 2 new modules that sit outside of the People Development Online system, which can be accessed via the below links - 

  • PDR Online Module - 'A Coaching Approach to PDRs' – an e-learning tool for reviewers to download to consider the key components of a successful PDR. You'll explore why PDRs can be so valuable in the current context and get tips on communication techniques, giving great feedback and setting meaningful objectives, even when done remotely.
  • Improving Performance - Our Managing Performance e-learning module helps you to navigate performance improvement conversations with confidence, focusing on positive outcomes for all.

Training Library Modules

A number of online modules have recently been added to the People Development Online system, including a range of engaging Wellbeing modules-

  • Self Care and Wellbeing
  • Supporting Others with their Wellbeing
  • Leading Others in Times of Change
  • Mental Health Awareness

and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion modules - 

  • Advancing BAME Inclusion
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Micro Behaviours
  • Neurodiversity

These are all available via the system's Training Library for you to self-enrol on and complete at your own pace.

For any queries, please contact

Performance and Development Review (PDR)

Getting the best out of ourselves and our colleagues is key to the University’s success. Now, more than ever perhaps, is the time to be having meaningful conversations with individuals in your team about what their focus should be, the timescales that you are working to and to ask what support they need.  The PDR cycle in 2020 runs from July 2020 to 31 January 2021. 

For advice and guidance on how to make the most out of PDR conversations, visit our PDR webpage.

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