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Excelling in Leadership Programme October 2019 - January 2020

CO3 Excelling in Leadership Programme

6 day programme | 2 residentials | October 2019 - January 2020
Strengthen your leadership resilience | Recharge your thinking | Learn from fellow Chief Executives | Benefit from peer coaching and peer-led learning approach | Raise your emotional intelligence | Engage in a 360° reflection process


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 focused 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.


Programme Details

Duration: 6 days

Dates: 8 & 9 October 2019 (residential)  | 6 November 2019 | 10 & 11 December 2019 (residential) | 22 January 2020

Location: Belfast

Cost: £1350

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


Download the programme brochure here.

To register online please click here.

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



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