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Excelling in Leadership Programme

Excelling in Leadership Programme
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, December 7, 2018 - 16:30

Underpinned by the key principles of CO3’s Framework for Leadership Excellence, this intensive residential programme will explore leadership theories and apply them to your live issues through action learning and the adoption of new practices.

Built on the values of the Third Sector and focussed on delivering outcomes, this programme will support you as you deal with a range of staff, client and stakeholder expectations and plan for the future.

View the Programme Brochure for Further Information

Programme Details

Duration: 6 days

Dates: 13 & 14 September 2018 (residential)  | 11 October 2018 | Thursday 8 & 9 2018 (residential) | 7 December 2018

Location: Belfast

Cost: £1350*




We interviewed course facilitator, Anne Houston, about what makes the Excelling in Leadership programme different.

CO3 Excelling in Leadership Programme from Sarah Boyd on Vimeo.


During this programme you will:

  • Identify the benefits of partnership working and collaboration across the sector 
  • Develop effective leadership skills to become more resilient to current challenges 
  • Learn and apply models including systems thinking, bridges transition and leadership  pipeline to your own leadership style
  • Gain inputs from international perspectives on shared experiences and global challenges
  • Develop peer coaching skills and engage in peer coaching groups
  • Engage in a 360 reflection and strengths profiling and apply the learning gained to your  development as a leader
  • Create space to recharge your thinking.


Previous Delegate Feedback

“In 2013, I graduated with a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School. I can easily say it was one of the most diverse and best Leadership programmes I was on. Until, this year, I participated on CO3 Excelling in Leadership 2016-17 programme!

With money being so tight, and training budgets stretched to the limit you almost feel bad as a leader developing your skills. But it is essential and especially if you apply the knowledge it really can make your organisation more effective.  It wasn’t so much the content of the Excelling Leadership programme, I was already familiar with the theories and concepts, but for me it was about the peer support. The programme really encouraged and supported building networks and collaborative thinking to deal with specific leadership challenges in our sector. I would highly recommend this as a refresher leadership programme and remind you that what you put in you get back. The community & voluntary sector more than ever need effective leaders and the CO3 Excelling in Leadership Programme certainly is a nurturing environment where you can hone your skills with remarkable peers!”

Gráinne Close, National Director, Autism Initiatives


"I was happy to take up the opportunity to participate in the Excelling in Leadership programme provided by CO3.  While the course attracted a lot of new CEOs, I have been in a senior role for 15 years I had never undertaken a formal leadership course and I wanted the opportunity to test my thinking and absorb some new ideas.  I found the course to be well run and the subject matter was thought provoking and covered a wide range that was both theoretical and practical including for example, facilitating a 360 appraisal of ourselves by staff and Board members.  I personally gained some helpful insights about my own approach and came away with some useful tools to use and some new approaches to introduce to Bryson Recycling.  While the course content and delivery was very good, perhaps what really made the course was the rapport that was developed with fellow participants.  The sharing of experiences and circumstances, peer coaching and shared learning was powerful. I would certainly recommend this course to other leaders. "


Eric Randall, Director Of Recycling, Bryson Recycling




How to Book

For more information, please contact: Nora Smith - CO3 028 9024 5356 | nora@co3.bz

Louise Ross - Social Enterprise Academy, Scotland -  0131 243 2678  | louise@socialenterprise.academy

To register please fill in the online registration form here.

Participant Feedback:

 “I feel more self-assured as a leader and I can now better identify areas of improvement for both myself and my organisation”.

“It gave me the strength to realise that challenges and opportunities ARE the job and not something to stay away from”.

“I really appreciated the 'time out' to reflect and connect with other CEOs experiencing similar issues”.

 “I am now more open with my feedback with staff, having difficult conversations and thinking more strategically.”