Leadership in Tough Times: Leveraging Performance Through Engagement

Leadership demands have changed enormously in recent years, reflecting the challenges faced by organisations in an increasingly turbulent world, with fewer resources than ever available to sustain performance. This highly interactive workshop will enable you to learn about new approaches to leadership that are not only shown through longitudinal research to increase performance and employee engagement (creating a win-win for organisations and their people) but also appreciate the business case and how these new approaches can be practically applied for the benefit of your organisation, your clients and their workplace.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


The workshop will be facilitated by a world renown Professor of Leadership, who, with her co-facilitator, a Chartered Psychologist, were recently awarded “Management Article of the Year” by the Chartered Management Institute for writing a piece that brings leadership and employee engagement theory alive in a highly relevant way for today’s leaders and coaches.

Through a mixture of input, case studies, and practical exercises, you will learn about contemporary leadership theory at the individual, group, and organisational level. Other topics that will be addressed include human vs. social capital, leader vs. leadership development, and the competency debate.

You will be invited to explore how this learning applies in your context and that of your clients, and leave with greater understanding, practical ideas and solutions for addressing key challenges that you or your clients face.

There are no prerequisites in terms of previous learning. The course is aimed at both theorists and practitioners in the fields of leadership development, organisation development, coaching, HRM, and related fields.

Learning outcomes and objectives

Ability to apply the engaging leadership approach through greater understanding of:

  • Leadership needs in the new world context, appreciating the history of the subject to date
  • The important distinction between developing human vs. social capital (and leaders vs. leadership) in
  • organisations
  • Practical experience in applying engaging leadership approaches to organisational challenges
  • Why employee engagement is crucial and how to leverage it
  • The competency debate, and how it applies to participants and their organisations/clients

Facilitator: Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe CPsychol FBPsS

Beverly has an international reputation for leadership research, built through more than 30 years’ research mainly at Bradford University and Leeds University. She has conducted leading-edge research into leadership and engagement which have been published in both peer-reviewed and practitioner-oriented publications. She is also author of a range of book chapters published by Sage, Kogan Page and Routledge. Beverly works globally with public and private sector organisations from Board level and throughout in practical leadership development that not only leverages superior performance but also increases employee wellbeing and positive attitudes to work (engagement). Beverly has a range of qualifications including MSc, MBA, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is academic and expert advisor for a range of government and other bodies including the Chartered Management Institute, the NHS’s QIPP, and the McLeod Review of Employee Engagement. She recently won “Management Article of the Year”, awarded by the CMI.

Co-facilitator: Juliette Alban-Metcalfe CPsychol 

Juliette is a Chartered Psychologist and Managing Director of Real World Group. She has been researching and creating diagnostic instruments to measure effective leadership for individuals, teams and organisations for the past 14 years. Juliette is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion in leadership, and positive psychology. She is the author of various peer-reviewed articles on leadership, and has written published a number of practitioner-oriented articles and book chapters on the subject of leadership, inclusion and career development, as well as government advisory publications. Juliette works with a range of organisations to develop leadership and performance in the UK, Singapore and Australia. She has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and an MSc in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. With Beverly, she recently authored an article entitled “Leadership in Tough Times” which was awarded Management Article of the Year by the CMI.

Booking information


Non-Society Member: £240 (£200 + VAT)
Society Member: £156 (£130 + VAT)
DOP Member: £114 (£95 + VAT)
Concessions: £72 (£60 + VAT)

From 14 January 2013:

Non-Society Member: £252 (£210 + VAT)
Society Member: £168 (£140 + VAT)
DOP Member: £117 (£97.50 + VAT)
Concessions: £74 (£61.67 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

This workshop is fully booked. 

Thu, 04/07/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

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