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Becoming the best leader you can be

Becoming the best leader you can be

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 09:30 – 15:30

Location: Cranfield Management Development Centre, Bedford, MK43 0HG

Cost of Event: Free


A Cranfield Leaders in Learning Network Event


For Learning and Development, HR and Talent Professionals


Most business leaders at some point in their careers reach a crossroads. They look back and see the successes involved in getting them to where they are and ask themselves the question’ What is next? This is often the right time for an in-depth reflection on how you function as a leader.


For leaders in a people-focused part of the organisation, dealing with all the pressures and expediencies together with taking the people you depend on with you can be a real challenge. An in-depth understanding of how you use yourself to lead together with developing an increased ability to put yourself in other people’s shoes will create a more self-aware and motivated leader.


Led by our visiting academic, Drs. Ido van der Heijden, this event will be a ‘taster session’ of the Personal Transformation for Leaders programme, which has been running here at Cranfield for nearly 40 years. It will start you on a path of self-development, working towards becoming the best leader you can be. The programme will give you a new perspective on your role as a leader leading to an increased motivation and satisfaction in (and outside) work. It often inspires to do something new, giving you a chance to see your objectives and the people around you with fresh eyes.


During the day you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own development as a leader and we will cover a brief introduction into:

  • Emotional intelligence,
  • Developmental and existential psychology
  • How we develop emotional patterns
  • Stretching your emotional comfort zone.
  • Can we change?


The intro will be followed by a number of focused questions to apply the material to reflect on your own qualities and challenges as a leader.


This thought provoking and inspiring session will also help you identify who in your organisation will benefit from the programme, so you can incorporate it in your leadership development portfolio.


Please note, due to the nature of the event topic, this will be very limited in terms of places.



  • 09:00-09:30     Registration and refreshments
  • 09:30-10:00 Welcome and delegate introductions
  • 10:00-11:00 Introduction into Personal Transformation for Leaders
  • 11:00-11:30 Refreshments and networking
  • 11:30-12:45 Reflection with questions: sharing in pairs
  • 12:45-13:30 Lunch and networking
  • 13:30-14:15 Group session
  • 14:15-14:30 Refreshments and networking
  • 14:30-15:00 Application to your business: working in pairs
  • 15:00-15:30 Questions and Close


To book, click here.

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