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New Landscape, New Leadership

The educational landscape is rapidly changing, for many there have already been seismic shifts, for everyone there will be major challenges ahead and even those ‘early starters’ who are currently ahead of the curve will have much more to deal with.   School leadership demands are evolving in the rapidly changing landscape of state education in England. If it is to remain successful it’s worth taking a long hard look at leadership training and support as we know it and start making some decisions.


We would like to invite you to our latest event for leaders in education event “New Landscape, New Leadership”, which will be held at our training academy in Stretton on 27th November. Please see event flyer for details.


Places are limited, to secure your space call the office today on 01925 730 209.


New Dates Released for the Life, Leadership & Engagement Academy


Our programmes are client-centred and adopt a whole life perspective. Our clients are encouraged to examine themselves and their environment in order to enhance their performance and fulfilment. This provides a personally tailored approach to learning and development, which is time limited, goal-orientated and offers objectivity. The result? You’ll be equipped with the clarity, confidence & motivation to deliver success in today’s business world!

Who should attend?
Ideal for new or future managers who have demonstrated their potential as a technical specialist and individual contributor and need to develop a new set of skills to become a leader. Days can be taken as part of a programme,or individually.


What will you learn?

The programme covers 9 main topics over 6 single days. Completion of all or even part of the programme will make a major contribution to the development of anyone seeking to improve their performance in 2016.

To book on to any of the modules, please call 01925 730209. For more information click here.

What are the Benefits of Leadership Coaching?

Leadership coaching is back in fashion. The growing optimism in economic growth has led to an increase in the number of companies investing in executive and leadership coaching as a key part of learning and talent development, performance management and supporting change.

Leadership coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. Those who undertake coaching can expect improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals. It also enables employees to be focused on goals aligned with organisational strategy, to learn better, manage relationships better, be more effective team members and increase performance.

According to CIPD’s 2014 Learning and Development study, 78 per cent of organisations intended to carry out leadership development activities in order to change behaviour or organisational culture, as well as develop high-potential individuals.

Research from Henley Business School found that individual and team coaching are the top leadership and development tools for businesses; and that 83 per cent of organisations intended to make use of coaching, with external coaches preferred for executive and senior management.

Some of the main benefits of leadership coaching are that it helps leaders raise their self-awareness, learn about what might be holding them back or hindering their success, improve their self-confidence, increase their gravitas and ensure better communication skills. It can help leaders to inspire, motivate and influence those around them.

The ability for CEOs to communicate effectively, to reward, innovate, as well as care about and develop people will motivate employees far more than the ‘lone-wolf’ leadership styles that are no longer acceptable.

Leadership coaching has proved to be very beneficial to all companies, regardless of size, or how long it has been in operation. The coaching sessions are very important for a new managerial team, executives who want to improve their relationship with workers, professionals who want to appreciate their work more and create a better working environment and, those who want to change their leadership/managerial styles.

At The 21st Century Leadership Company, we believe that leadership coaching is the vehicle of the 21st century leader. Competition is rising and getting fiercer in today’s business market, thus aspiring and current leaders are facing increasing pressures to improve work performance and deliver greater results. With such demanding expectations and objectives to juggle, who couldn’t do with some guidance and direction?

Our programmes are client-centred and adopt a whole life perspective. Our clients are encouraged to examine themselves and their environment in order to enhance their performance and fulfilment. This provides a personally tailored approach to learning and development, which is time limited, goal-orientated and offers objectivity. The result? You’ll be equipped with the clarity, confidence & motivation to deliver success in today’s business world!

For more information about our Leadership Coaching service, please call 01925 730 209.

Why invest in Personal Development?

The late 20th century was a period of major social, economic and political change as society transitioned
from the Industrial Age into the Information Age. There were big changes in knowledge, how people see
knowledge and how they use it. Now in the 21st century, knowledge and ideas are the main source of
economic growth – more important than land, labour, money, or other tangible resources. Increased
emphasis is placed on relationships, on empathy and care, on the spiritual and emotional aspects of
people’s lives.New patterns of work and new business practices have developed, and as a result, new
kinds of workers, with new and different skills, are required.

This paradigm shift is profoundly altering the rules of success. At The 21st Century Leadership Company
we see this reflected across our experiences working with clients in a broad spectrum of businesses.
Most significantly, you cannot lead people in the same way as they did in the Industrial Age. One area
where this is acutely obvious is with the millennial generation. One of the largest generations in history,
employees now in their 20’s and 30’s grew up in a time of rapid change, giving them a set of priorities
and expectations sharply different from previous generations. They want to be recognized for their
contribution to their employers, despite the lack of job security. They want to work for leaders who
treat them fairly and respectfully, to form positive connections with colleagues and feel proud of what
they do and its impact on the world.

The millennial generation may have grown up in a digital world amid uncertainty and a constant stream
of praise from adults, but ultimately, they want the same thing that every employee wants – control
over their own schedule, choice of projects, learning opportunities and meaningful work relationships.
At The 21st Century Leadership Company we believe that the key to success lies in focusing on the needs
of the next generation, which will create a better place to work for everyone.We work with companies
to create an environment where there is strong, open, two-way communication; where there are high
levels of cooperation and support among employees; where roadblocks to innovation, such as internal
politics are reduced and where employees have a say in decisions that affect them.

We know that in some cases employers face the difficult challenge of learning how to connect with their
employees in a way that creates value for the individual. Firstly, it is impossible to create value without
understanding what it is that the employee values. The employer needs to know what motivates their
employee, or why they do what they do.

To help our clients develop this awareness and understanding we use a self-assessment tool called the
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI). It helps people understand their motives, values and what is
important to them when relating with others. In our experience the SDI is highly successful as a personal
development tool because it drills beyond behaviours and gets to the motives that drive behaviours. We
use it in all our programmes and development activities as it provides a powerful experience for
individuals that helps them to understand how other people see things and apply this awareness to their
interactions with others. If you would like to know more about how we work with our clients to
motivate and engage employees and lead successfully in the 21st century please contact us.

Start your journey with us today.

The Importance of Employee Engagement in the Workplace

Many businesses have areas in which they can improve, employee engagement is just one of these important aspects that need addressing in order to improve productivity and increase overall profits. Employees who are not engaged cost a company money through wasted time and also the cost to replace employees, which can be as much as 30% of their gross income.

The subject of employee engagement is currently high on the people management agenda as, an independent review reported that only a third of employees are engaged in their work and motivated to drive the company forward.

This report presents a compelling case for all organisations, private or public, to adopt employee engagement approaches. It is suggested that, if it is an organisation’s people that are its competitive advantage and central to its success, then employee engagement can make all the difference.

Professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), have conducted extensive research of their own and found that employee engagement can be the key to unlocking productivity in leading organisations. The notion of employee engagement plays a central role both in practice and theory. Leaders view engagement among their staff as an integral part of the performance equation.

Chris Whiteley from The 21st Century Leadership Company, believes that having the capability to engage employees is critical for leaders in the 21st century, “Employers want employees who are committed to the organisation and its values and will deliver improved business performance. In order for this to happen, leaders today must recognise that employees need more than just job satisfaction; feeling valued, having a healthy work-life balance and being given opportunities for development are also fundamental.”

Our employee engagement programme has been developed to provide organisations with a win-win solution that meets their needs and those of their employees. It is designed to engage and inspire individuals for the benefit of the team by enhancing awareness of factors that influence employee engagement and developing skills to create an engagement culture in the organisation. The programme achieves this by using a survey to identify whether your employee’s needs are being met and combining key principles from employee engagement and the psychology of management to help organisations achieve success through their people.

To discuss how The 21st Century Leadership Company can help dramatically improve employee engagement in your company, call 01925 730209.

More information about The 21st Century Leadership Company can be find on our website:

Why is Employee Engagement Important

New E-learning Platform Launched

A Small Investment Can Achieve BIG Growth With New The E-Learning Platform from

The 21st Century Leadership Company 


The 21st Century Leadership Company is now offering a range of E-Learning solutions that include Micro Learning with a wealth of advice and knowledge on a wide range of situations & dilemmas.

Short, engaging videos bring just-in-time learning to life. Platform Independent Videos will play on all popular devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac, so learners at all levels can tap into instant help & advice at the touch of a button, 24/7.

Wide range of topics for all learners, including:

  • People Skills
  • Time Management
  • How to Network Successfully
  • How to Build Trust
  • How to Write Objectives
  • How to Become a Better Listener

Call 01925 730 209 for more details.