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SME Leadership Development

Are you wanting to develop exceptional leaders to give your SME business a winning advantage in today’s volatile world?

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Why invest?

Running a business in today’s volatile, unpredictable world is extremely challenging. Decades of research show that the quality of your leadership will have a significant impact on the performance and successful growth of your company.

Our SME Leadership Accelerators are specifically designed for entrepreneurial and mid-size organizations to enable them to deliver their strategy, capitalize on new opportunities and overcome growth challenges, including fierce competition, rapid automation, access to the best talent and disruptive change.

Our highly experienced team becomes your learning and development partner, without the need for a large investment in an internal talent function or retaining expensive business schools or large consultancies.

We always start with an in-depth discovery process to understand your business and leadership requirements, both now and in the future. For all in-company programmes, we partner with HR and the business sponsor(s) to clarify your company’s overall talent and leadership strategy, priorities and gaps. Using these insights, we create a tailor-made roadmap to improve the effectiveness and outcomes of your leaders, ensuring they take accountability for their learning.

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Our deep expertise in the science of positive leadership and peak performance sets us apart from other consultancies. We apply proprietary techniques to develop positive leadership, thriving workplaces and adaptive, learning organizations. Because doing right is an increasingly important driver of doing well in business, we also help leaders appreciate the importance of conducting business in a responsible, ethical and inclusive way.

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You can choose a Leadership Accelerator that best suits your company’s unique requirements, preferences and budget. As your business changes we will help you choose a level of support that’s right for you. Our fully online options enable you to offer the programme to leaders who work in remote locations or are mobile across multiple geographies.

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Our Leadership Accelerators multiply value for your business by increasing leadership effectiveness while at the same time improving business results. Using data science and feedback, we take great care to track and refine our programmes to ensure continuous improvement.

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We build strong, enduring long-term partnerships with clients characterized by high levels of trust, honesty, curiosity, respect and client satisfaction. Our talent management expertise with some of the world’s most respected and innovative companies enables us to deliver value well beyond the Leadership Accelerators. We help you improve your overall talent management effectiveness, ensuring your business realizes the full potential of your leaders and talent.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is right for any executive or leader who is responsible for the performance, people, and growth of a SME organization. Participants should also be self-motivated to grow and develop outside their comfort zone.

To ensure high quality, insightful dialogue, and strong learning communities, we limit class sizes to a maximum of 12 on all our open programmes.

What does the programme cover?

Our unique Aware-Act-Adapt-Achieve Learning Framework accelerates leaders’ effectiveness by enabling them to apply their learning to business challenges and exploit new opportunities.

The process is designed to bring about a step-change in leaders’ performance, motivation, and agility by developing:

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Enhanced self-awareness of their strengths, performance risks and areas for improvement.

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Leadership capabilities including leading with purpose, building and motivating thriving teams, influencing others, giving candid feedback, handling difficult conversations, coaching and delegation.

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Self-management skills including time and energy management, resilience, emotional intelligence and mastering your mindset.

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Improved business skills including sustainable business strategies, creative problem-solving, risk management and boosting innovation.

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Change leadership capabilities including navigating and exploiting change, building employee and stakeholder commitment, creating agile learning cultures and tackling resistance to change.

Learning is delivered over a 9-month period and includes a Positive Leadership workshop/s and series of 2-hour Learning FuelUp™ sessions. Each FuelUp™ session covers a key leadership topic such as Influencing, Coaching & Delegation, Creative Problem-solving and Conscious Conversations.

During the programme, participants will undertake a business improvement project, applying what they have learned with the support of their peers and co-workers. Progress with this project, as well as their overall learning and development road-map, will be presented in the closing stage of the programme.

Personalized coaching from our specialist coaches and peer coaching groups provide participants with practical support and added stretch to implement and sustain what they’ve learned.

At the end of the programme, participants will receive comprehensive feedback on their leadership effectiveness and business project from fellow participants and the programme leader.

What’s included?

• Regular progress reviews and check-ins.

• Invitation to join an online alumni network following successful completion. This provides opportunities for ongoing networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing.

• Free tools, resources, and workbooks, including a free e-book on Positive Leadership.

• For in-company programmes, we provide recommendations for ongoing development to HR and senior business sponsor(s).

Delivery mode

Assessment and debrief

(strengths, performance risks & preferred styles)

Positive Leadership Index™ 360-degree survey

Career development mentoring

Skills development

Leadership coaching (1-1 personalized coaching)

Tools resources and workbook

Peer coaching

Minimum participants

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Open Enrolment

Fully online

Online assessments and debrief with a coach


2 hours included

Leadership workshop + 4 x 2-hour Learning FuelUp sessions
(all online)

Four 90-minute sessions




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Online or blended

Online assessments and debrief with a coach


2 hours included

Leadership workshop + choice of 4 x 2-hour Learning FuelUp sessions (online or blended)

Four 90-minute sessions




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Online or blended

Online assessments and debrief with a coach


4 hours included

2 x Leadership workshops + choice of 4 x 2-hour Learning FuelUp sessions
(online or blended)

Six 90-minute sessions




What add-on services do we offer?

We provide a range of additional services to help clients attract, develop and retain exceptional talent and adapt positively to fast-moving, unpredictable change.
Options popular with clients include:

• Building competency or success frameworks
• New leader onboarding
• Peer coaching & co-learning
• Teambuilding
• Succession & transition planning
• Diversity & inclusion
• Talent advisory services

Contact us for more information or to book a programme