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Conscious Leadership – training course

Course Overview

We are able to design a bespoke conscious leadership programme to develop your leaders’ ability to lead wisely, compassionately and intuitively.

This could range from a one-day introduction to the concepts and experiential practices through to an advanced programme including pre-assessment and coaching. Participants will be able to operate with improved consciousness, self-awareness, creativity, and effectiveness.   

Conscious leadership background

Where many leadership development programmes focus on horizontal development – technical skills and subject matter expertise, here we focus on vertical development – highly developed soft skills that are required to operate in complex environments.

Horizontal development is about what you think and vertical development is about how you think – the ability to think and act in more sophisticated ways.

Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous work environments

Leaders need a blend of vertical and horizontal development, however, in an increasingly VUCA* world, vertical development is becoming critical to improved and sustainable business performance.

Vertically developed leaders are able to respond to problems that cannot be solved with existing knowledge (adaptive challenges), think both systematically and from multiple perspectives, interpret situations and collaborate with others. They use their increased understanding and self-awareness to lead in a grounded, skillful and wise way.

Components of our conscious leadership training programme

Depending on your requirements a programme may include the following:

  • An assessment of leader’s current stage of Adult Development using ‘The Leadership Circle’ 360 feedback profile**
  • Approaches to create the three primary conditions for vertical development including pre-course reflections, classroom exercises, mindfulness and reflection, coaching, peer support and challenge and organisational perspective building
  • Models and methodologies for example: Beyond Competency, Working with vision and purpose, Creative Tension, the Scarf model and Immunity to change
  • Participants will explore their individual development journey.

Following a typical course participants will:

  • Be more resilient and have a greater sense of personal well-being
  • Maintain focus on what is really important and avoid distraction
  • Have better listening skills and communicate with others more effectively
  • Work more constructively with conflict
  • Be more comfortable having courageous conversations
  • Foster high performance in their team
  • Motivate and inspire others so as to bring out the best in them
  • Have improved delegating skills.

Our clients say

“It has been great to learn as we go together and to partner with a team who really listens, is flexible and responsive to our needs.” 

Verity Stroud, Learning and Development Manager, Miller Insurance


Our facilitator Ivor Twydell has been coaching leaders for over 10 years and is a passionate advocate of conscious leadership. He is a certified mindfulness teacher and accredited Professional Certified Coach with expertise in helping individuals and teams constructively manage and resolve destructive tensions and conflicts.

* This 360-degree competency assessment simultaneously provides focused competency feedback while revealing the underlying assumptions that are causing a leader’s pattern of strengths and limitations. It helps leaders understand the relationship between how they habitually think, how they behave, and, more importantly, how all this impacts their current level of leadership effectiveness. Once this awareness is established, leadership development can proceed. Without it, change rarely happens.

  • Suitable for those in leadership roles
  • 1 day introduction/intermediary/advanced course
  • Group and individual exercises
  • up to 12 participants
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One of the best training courses I’ve attended – really engaging trainer, who was really friendly and gave great relevant examples, to help make the leadership styles feel real.


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“Really brilliantly led, interactive and relatable.”


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I’m glad we decided to go ahead with this, the importance of investing in your team is that much greater in an increasingly remote & distributed workplace. 

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My role as a new manager would be much harder had it not been for this course.

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The energy of Catherine was wonderful, for a course that needs people to feel motivated we couldn’t have asked for more.

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It has been great to learn as we go together and to partner with a team who really listens, is flexible and responsive to our needs, and provides us with brilliant training resources.

Verity Stroud, Learning and Development Manager at Miller Insurance Services


This course was really eye-opening for me and has helped me understand what I need to do to look after myself and therefore be a better source of support as a manager.

Attendee on Managing for Mental Health


Very interesting content and applicable in real-life situations. The trainer was excellent – knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining.

Attendee on Creative Problem Solving


Open, engaging, fluid, and informative. A nice balance of allowing our group to collaborate and share, with trainers  really serving as guides with occasional course correction.

Attendee on Leadership Styles


Structure, hints, and tips were useful. Discussions were open and the trainer was very friendly and engaging and made sure everyone participated.

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The 1-1 coaching sessions were incredibly valuable and led to a significant increase in effectiveness at work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul for 1-1 coaching.

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Fast-paced, interesting, relevant, and practical content. Good structure of talking and breakouts, the time flew by.

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Just another thank you from me for today’s session. Went down really well and people were talking about the models and continuing the discussion throughout the afternoon.

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