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The Leadership Trust and Concern Universal have combined their considerable experience to launch a new initiative that not only delivers high impact leadership development for all participants, but …

The Leadership Trust and Concern Universal have combined their considerable experience to launch a new initiative that not only delivers high impact leadership development for all participants, but also aims to leave a legacy that will benefit the developing world.

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  • 1.                 LeadershipHorizons _____________________________________ Global leaders for a lasting legacy and a sustainable world  
  • 2.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________    LeadershipHorizons        The  Leadership  Trust  and  Concern  Universal  have  combined  their  considerable  experience  to  launch  a  new  initiative  that  not  only  delivers  high  impact  leadership  development  for  all  participants,  but  also  aims  to  leave  a  legacy  that  will  benefit  the  developing  world.      Global  leaders  for  a  lasting  legacy  and  a  sustainable  world    Organisations,  the  world  over,  need  leaders  with  the  entrepreneurial  approach  to  achieve  success  and  maintain  an  edge.  Issues  such  as  Globalisation,  societal  changes,  major  technological  advances,  talent  management  and  the  aspirations  of  the  next  generation,  all  demand  inspirational  and  motivational  leadership  to  help  steer  their  people  through  this  new  and  ever-­‐changing  landscape.                However  the  quest  for  more  ethical  practices  prompted  by  the  business,  public,  and  banking  scandals  of  the  last  few  years  is  a  key  factor  in  driving  forward.  There  is  also  the  growing  realisation  that  we  cannot  continue  to  raid  our  world’s  natural  resources  without  considering  its  future  sustainability.    The  world  is  becoming  smaller.  Our  Governments  and  businesses  are  impacted  every  day  by  the  global  economic  and  political  climate  that  surrounds  us.  None  of  us  can  escape  the  unexpected  shifts  and  critical  events  that  shape  our  world.  Every  day,  therefore,  whether  we  acknowledge  it  or  not,  we  make  a  choice  -­‐  either  we  ignore  the  world  that  shapes  us  and  try  to  get  on  with  business  as  usual  -­‐  or  we  engage  with  it  and  try  to  shape  it.  Increasingly,  the  most  enlightened  of  our  leaders  in  both  Government  and  Commerce  are  making  the  choice  to  engage  with  the  world  and  to  play  a  part  in  shaping  what  happens  within  it.  It  is  for  these  leaders  that  Leadership  Horizons  will  be  of  benefit.      Ours  may  arguably  be  the  first  generation  of  leaders  with  a  real  opportunity  to  help  shape  our  world  for  the  better.  The  first  to  truly  understand  our  interconnected  world  and  how  actions  in  one  location  can  impact  directly  on  the  lives  of  others  across  the  globe.  The  first  truly  networked  across  continents  through  the  speed  and  power  of  social  networks,  Internet  communications,  and  real  time  news  feeds.    So  perhaps  ours  should  also  be  the  first  generation  of  leaders  who  play  an  active  and  collective  role  in  helping  to  develop  and  encourage  an  approach  to  sustainable  leadership.      Sometimes  this  agenda  simply  seems  too  daunting:  poverty,  war,  injustice,  famine,  genocide  and  climate  change.  Leaders  might  well  be  forgiven  for  feeling  that  the  worlds  problems  are  simply  too  big,  too  complicated,  too  difficult.    But  perhaps  there  is  another  way  to  look  at  this  challenge.      What  would  happen  if  every  leader  in  the  developed  world  made  a  decision  to  engage  in  a  small  way  now?  What  if  every  international  business  leader  decided  to  take  one  step  towards  extending  their  understanding  of  leadership  by  engaging  with  an  organisation  in  a  developing  country?  What  if  that  leader  offered  to  share  their  own  experience  of  leadership  with  leaders  from  a  developing  country  for  just  one  week?  What  if  every  leader  opened  their  minds  and  cleared  their  diaries  for  that  week  to  learn  new  leadership  skills  to  enable  them  to  act  for  good?      How  quickly  might  our  world  change  for  the  better,  simply  as  a  result  of  enhanced  common  understanding,  shared  wisdom  and  the  cumulative  effects  of  many  connected  leadership  actions?  That  is  what  Leadership  Horizons  aims  to  explore  and  it  starts  in  Malawi  in  2013.     LeadershipHorizons        2    
  • 3.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________    LeadershipHorizons  LeadershipHorizons  has  a  vision  of  creating  a  lasting  legacy  in  a  developing  country,  whilst  providing  the  international  participants  with  a  better  understanding  of  what  is  meant  by  sustainable  leadership.      The  initial  pilot  for  LeadershipHorizons,  in  Malawi,  will  offer  the  opportunity  for  international  leaders  to  develop  their  leadership  skills  in  a  unique  environment.  The  central  idea  within  this  exciting  initiative  is  to  take  a  selection  of  people  from  UK  or  international  organisations  and  provide  them  with  leadership  development  alongside  people  from  Malawi.    The  objective  is  to  aid  sustainable  global  leadership  for  the  twenty-­‐first  century  and  to  help  build  leadership  capacity  in  developing  countries.      It  will  provide  an  opportunity  for  international  leaders  to  gain  greater  insights  into  the  challenges  their  equivalents  face  in  Malawi,  where  ‘achievable’  is  as  great  a  desire  as  ‘sustainable’.  Likewise,  leaders  in  Malawi  will  be  exposed  to  different,  sometimes  new  but  usually  broader,  perspectives.  They  will  welcome  outside  assistance  to  help  shape  their  thoughts  and  actions  at  a  challenging  and  crucial  time.    The  programme  will  enable  true  cross-­‐cultural  leadership  learning,  at  the  same  time  as  bringing  into  focus  real  leadership  challenges  from  worlds  that  are  different  in  so  many  ways,  but  where  the  essence  of  leadership  is  shared.  The  personal  learning  that  these  leaders  will  embark  on  will  be  very  enriching  and  in  some  cases  could  be  life  changing.        Why  start  in  Malawi?    Malawi  is  the  perfect  place  to  pilot  the  initiative.  Nicknamed  ‘The  warm  heart  of  Africa’,  Malawi  is  a  landlocked  country  in  southeast  Africa  that  was  formerly  known  as  Nyasaland.  It  is  bordered  by  Zambia  to  the  northwest,  Tanzania  to  the  northeast,  and  Mozambique  on  the  east,  south  and  west.  It  has  a  population  of  around  15  million.    Malawi  is  among  the  worlds  least-­‐developed  countries.  The  economy  is  reliant  on  agriculture,  with  a  largely  rural  population.  The  Malawian  government  currently  depends  on  outside  aid  to  meet  development  needs,  although  this  need  has  decreased  since  2000.  The  Malawian  government  faces  challenges  in  building  and  expanding  the  economy,  improving  education,  health  care,  environmental  protection,  and  becoming  financially  independent.    Concern  Universal,  a  recognised  ‘leading  NGO’  in  Malawi,  is  going  to  work  hand  in  hand  with  Leadership  Trust,  a  recognised  ‘leader’  in  the  field  of  leadership  development,  to  make  a  substantial  difference  in  Malawi  by  bringing  a  unique  and  much  needed  strategic  approach  to  leadership  development.    By  helping  to  increase  sustainable  and  ethical  leadership  capacity  within  Malawi,  particularly  at  a  regional  level,  it  is  anticipated  that  the  LeadershipHorizons  programme  can  assist  the  country  in  its  progress  from  being  aid  dependent  into  a  nation  that  can  provide  for  its  own  growth  and  development.         LeadershipHorizons        3    
  • 4.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________    The  LeadershipHorizons  pilot    The  LeadershipHorizons  programme  is  founded  on  The  Leadership  Trust’s  renowned  ‘Leadership  in  Management’  and  ‘Leading  with  Impact’  courses.      LeadershipHorizons will  be  initially  be  held  in  Malawi  over  a  5-­‐day  period,  including  one  day  assisting  the  development  work  carried  out  by  Concern  Universal,  a  major  contributor  to  the  development  of  leadership  capacity  in  this  developing  nation,  leadership  being  a  critical  enabling  factor  in  every  aspect  of  their  work.      12  people  from  UK  or  international  organisations  will  be  invited  to  take  part  with  12  people  from  Malawi.  The  course  will  be  delivered  by  highly  experienced  practitioners  from  The  Leadership  Trust,  which  has  37  years  of  influencing  leadership  and  developing  inspirational  leaders.        Delegates  attending  the  courses,  from  the  host  nation,  will  comprise  staff  from  charity  organisations  in  the  region,  staff  from  other  NGOs,  commercial  organisations  in  Malawi  (of  a  national  or  regional  scale),  and  Malawian  Government  personnel  from  national  and  district  level  positions  of  responsibility.  Dispersed  leadership  is  as  critical  to  the  developing  world  as  everywhere  else  and  this  initiative  aims  to  consider  such  issues  in  the  context  of  a  continent  where  centralised  control  of  resource  has  often  exacerbated  situations  and  disenfranchised  large  elements  of  populations.  The  goal  is  ‘to  make  a  difference’.    The LeadershipHorizons  pilot  is  a  5-­‐day  residential  course.  It  embodies  The  Leadership  Trust’s  philosophy  of  learning  by  doing,  reflecting  and  understanding.  The  Leadership  Trust  is  the  champion  of  the  practitioner  and  whilst  everything  done  is  rightly  backed  up  by  theory  and  research,  it  has  limited  impact  if  the  challenges  of  leadership  are  not  felt.    The  course  is  designed  to  expose  the  learnable  art  of  leadership  in  the  unique  setting  of  learning  with  others  from  different  cultures,  countries  and  continents.      Throughout  the  programme,  delegates  will  build  their  self-­‐awareness,  review  their  talents  and  discover  their  preferred  leadership  style.  The  course  is  based  around  ‘active  learning’  -­‐  that  is  learning  by  practice  and  experiment  with  a  more  reflective,  co-­‐coaching  type  of  leadership  development.    The  course  will  concentrate  on  exploring:     How  to  engage  teams  in  new  ways     How  to  communicate  better     How  to  build  empathy  and  rapport  with  colleagues     How  to  give  feedback     How  to  take  feedback   How  to  develop  personal  resilience     How  to  listen  better   How  to  maintain  the  focus  on  the  desired  end-­‐state  and  vision    A  series  of  projects  will  be  introduced  throughout  the  course  as  the  vehicle  to  provide  all  participants  with  the  chance  to  lead  and  be  led.  These  projects  provide  real  experiences  that  enable  learning  and  reflection  on  personal  leadership  styles,  as  well  as  those  of  others.       LeadershipHorizons        4    
  • 5.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________      Each  project  will  be  followed  by  a  facilitated  review  session  to  highlight  key  learning  points.  Short  master-­‐classes  will  introduce  pragmatic  concepts  and  tools  of  leadership  to  help  make  sense  of  what  is  happening  within  the  practical  exercises.    There  will  be  opportunities  to  review,  reflect,  give  and  receive  feedback  in  pairs  or  small  groups  on  some  of  the  fundamental  aspects  of  each  delegate’s  personal,  authentic  leadership.  Because  everyone  is  individual,  all  course  participants  will  be  asked  to  bring  their  own  personal  learning  objectives  with  them  and  these  will  be  explored  during  the  course.    The  training  finishes  with  a  live  project  to  help  in  the  development  work  of  Concern  Universal  –  making  a  real  difference  to  local  peoples’  lives;  leaving  a  lasting  legacy,  which  for  the  recipients  will  not  stop  with  the  end  of  the  course  and  the  departure  of  the  participants.    The  benefits  to  each  delegate  will  include:     The  ability  to  think  and  act  more  strategically  with  a  wider  international  perspective.   A  greater  understanding  of  different  leadership  styles  and  how  they  differ  across  cultures.   An  increased  understanding  of  effective  ways  of  working  with  diverse  groups.   A  personal  leadership  model  to  guide  present  and  future  actions  as  a  global  responsible  leader.   An  increased  self-­‐confidence  to  make  decisions  and  act  courageously.   A  greater  level  of  self-­‐awareness  in  relation  to  key  aspects  of  leadership.   An  opportunity  to  make  a  positive  contribution  to  the  real  challenges  of  the  developing  world.    LeadershipHorizons  is  aimed  at  managers  and  directors  (and  organisations)  in  any  field  whose  role  now  or  in  the  future  involves  significant  strategic  contribution  to  their  organisation,  perhaps  involving  cross-­‐cultural  working  (either  internally  or  externally),  or  working  with  or  in  the  developing  world.                                   LeadershipHorizons        5    
  • 6.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________      Investing  in  the  future    There  are  three  ways  to  become  part  of  this  initiative:       Major  funding    Both  the  Leadership  Trust  and  Concern  Universal  (the  partners  leading  this  programme)  are  keen  to  apply  for  any  major  funding  opportunities  from  Governments,  Trusts,  Foundations  or  Philanthropists  who  are  looking  for  an  associate  organisation  to  work  with  to  enable  a  major  contribution  to  sustainable  leadership  development  in  both  Malawi  and  wherever  improved  leadership  will  benefit  the  developing  world.    Please  contact  either  Rob  Noble,  CEO  (Leadership  Trust),  or  Ian  Williams,  CEO  (Concern  Universal)  on  the  numbers  shown  in  the  following  section.       Charitable  donations  to  the  bursary  fund    A  bursary  fund  has  been  set  up  to  allow  international  participants  or  leaders  in  the  host  nation  to  attend  the  courses  at  either  a  reduced  cost,  or  no  cost,  to  themselves.  These  bursaries  will  be  awarded  according  to  set  criteria  that  encourage  the  building  of  leadership  capacity  in  developing  countries,  or  a  significant  contribution  to  sustainable  organisations.      Charitable  donations  to  help  support  these  bursaries  can  be  made  to  The  Leadership  Trust.  Please  contact  Rob  Noble,  CEO,  on  the  number  shown  in  the  following  section.       Delegate  participation    One  of  the  core  principles  of  the  programme  is  that  the  cost  for  every  UK  or  European  delegate  enables  delegates  from  the  host  Nation  of  Malawi  to  attend  at  no  cost.  For  some  of  our  corporate  partners  this  may  enable  the  cost  of  training  their  own  leaders  to  be  set  against  their  CSR  budget.      The  first  course  in  March  2013  is  being  offered  at  a  reduced  rate  of  £2000.00  per  delegate.  This  price  includes  the  training  programme,  all  accommodation,  full  board  and  travel  within  Malawi,  but  excludes  the  return  airfare  to  Malawi  (estimated  cost  circa  £800  return  to  UK,  costs  from  other  countries  can  be  quoted  on  request).                       LeadershipHorizons        6    
  • 7.      ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________      The  Partners  leading  the  programme        The  Leadership  Trust  Foundation  (Charity  No:  1063916)  is  an  educational  charitable  trust  with  the  mission  of  influencing  leadership  and  developing  inspirational  leaders.        It  has  undertaken  leadership  development  training  for  over  37  years,  having  trained  over  40,000  delegates  in  this  time  from  all  over  the  world.        It  is  well  placed  to  deliver  high  quality  training  in  a  unique  environment  as  part  of  this  innovative  collaboration.         More  details  can  be  found  at:  www.leadership.org.uk         Tel:  01989  767667           Or  contact:  LyndseyPreece@leadership.org.uk     Information  and  provisional  bookings:  more  information  and  provisional  bookings                              Concern  Universal  (Charity  No:    272465)  was  established  in  the  UK  in  1976  and  aims  to  tackle  poverty  from  the  grass  roots.      By  building  skills,  capacity  and  connecting  people  at  all  levels  in  society,  Concern  Universal  helps  deliver  practical  solutions  with  long-­‐term  impact.    Concern  Universal  works  in  nine  countries  in  Africa,  Asia  and  Latin  America,  channelling  approximately  £15m  per  year  to  support  community  led  development.      Last  year  it  helped  over  2  million  people  make  lasting  improvements  to  their  lives.       More  details  can  be  found  at:  www.concern-­‐universal.org       Tel:  01432  355111     Or  contact:  ian.williams@concern-­‐universal.org     LeadershipHorizons        7