The Wise Leader

Purpose & principles

By the end of Wise Leader your leaders will have transformed the way they view leadership and will emerge newly confident and capable of leading successfully through change and complexity.

This is a 10 month program over the course of in which we work with small groups of  leaders. We offer those leaders new frameworks and ideas and create the space for them to integrate those ideas as they see fit into their personal approaches to leadership. It takes time for people to translate new ideas into sustainable new ways of behaving and it requires the support of others going through the same journey. We interview people before admitting them to the program, so we can be sure everyone is committed to prioritising their time together and staying on board for the whole journey.


Underpinning the journey is the 4Ps framework through which leaders are invited to define their principles, their purpose for leading, their practice (how they operate) and their intended progress plan. Before the program begins, we invite leaders to complete the Wise Leader survey, which provides insights as to their current way of thinking and clues as to how their thinking might usefully shift. We also invite them to complete a 360 survey to understand how their way of thinking is translating into how they behave.

Over the 10 months we share with them new ways of thinking about themselves and new ways of thinking about politics and power patterns. We introduce them to the principles of dialogue and effective emotional management. We introduce new ideas and frameworks through customised pre- and post- reads, leaving workshop time for practice, feedback and reflection. The sessions are always practical, and participants leave every session with a set of commitments to put into practice in between sessions.


By the end of the program participants will be able to clearly articulate who they aspire to be as leaders and will have experimented with new behaviours, consistent with that philosophy. They will leave the program not only having learned some new ideas but having put into practice those ideas that resonate and received feedback on those behaviours. They will emerge newly confident and capable of leading change in your organisation and will have a new group of peers with whom they can look to for support in the long term.

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