Leadership Espresso – Leading for an Inclusive Culture

About the session:

We continue to lead through the challenges of Covid-19 and we know as we move into the winter this year the cost of living crisis will start to be felt by many in the NHS. While living with complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity and volatility compassion for ‘others’ can often be overlooked. Leaders need to think about their role in this changing landscape and how they can support the creation of relationship-based leadership work in the virtual and physical world.

This workshop series is for all leaders. It is about what you ‘do’ as a leader to create a socially inclusive culture and not who you ‘are’ as a leader.  

Workshop One: Leading with Cultural Sensitivity

We will explore what ‘otherising’ means, seeking to appreciate difference and understanding bias in all its dimensions and drivers. Taking an appreciative & positive approach we will use various models and tools to support you to use your curiosity, to understand emergent challenges around cross cultural dimensions and how to build a bridge of trust with others, with empathy and sensitivity. 

Workshop Two: Leading Inclusively and Appreciatively

We will build on the theme of understanding, to focus on communication and messaging and to be an active catalyst for an inclusive culture. We will explore how to recognise micro-aggressions, how to generate agency, supportiveness and allyship in others and how to be an active bystander through interventions. Developing the courage to lean into difficult situations, developing the skills for adaptive styles of communication and messaging are all themes of this workshop. 

Whether it’s about your colleagues, patients, service-users or carers, you’ll learn, as inclusive leaders, how you can lead by example and develop a culture of appreciation for diversity and the challenges of also working in a virtual world. 

Each workshop will last for 3.5 hours, with breaks, and we will use a variety of models and break-out techniques for you to explore challenges and barriers and develop a personal plan. This programme is not to teach you about ‘difference’ but to help you to lead with what makes us all unique and stronger together. 

Pre-Course Work – to be completed prior to the session 

To Watch: Cultural intelligence. Julia Middleton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izeiRjUMau4&t=5s 

To Read: Appreciative Leadership: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316605881_Volume_18_Number_3_Appreciative_Leadership_Responding_Relationally_to_the_Questions_of_Our_Time 

Book your Place:

Workshop One Leading with Cultural Sensitivity: Tuesday 22nd November 9.30 – 12.30pm

Workshop Two: Leading Inclusively and Appreciatively: Tuesday 13th December 9.30 – 12.30pm

Book a place via our RSVP booking system below. You will receive the joining instructions for the event 1 week before the session.

SELA will retain a record of your name, job role, organisation, band, and contact details on its secure alumni register and contacts database for management information and communications purposes. Although we will be able to see your name and email address upon submission, this data will be anonymised from the EDI details. We appreciate your support in providing this information, which will help us to ensure our leadership development interventions are widely accessible and inclusive.

Your booking details (i.e. name, role, organisation, ICS) will be shared with the event provider and/or facilitator to allow them to understand participant thinking and adapt the event accordingly, in addition to other regional leadership academies (as required) and with the members of other relevant SELA networks to aid communication, sharing of good practice and support. Please note that this is in line with information governance and data protection guidelines. Please see our Privacy Policy here.

Should you have any queries, or if your circumstances change and you can no longer attend, or you wish to opt out of the above arrangements, please contact [email protected].

The session will be virtual

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions above please register via our Expression of Interest page, this will help us to understand the demand for our programmes and plan accordingly. You will also be notified when we release new dates for this workshop.

About the Facilitators

John Aspden

John has been a Facilitator, Executive Coach working with healthcare professionals for the past 10 years. John originally trained as a General Nurse, with experience as a senior nurse in Theatres adn Intensive Care and as a Mental Health Nurse and with subsequent international sales and marketing roles in medical technology companies. He is a leadership facilitator on both the Rosalind Franklin and Mary Seacole Leadership Academy programmes and a coach and leadership facilitator with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

John adds value by helping people to learn and develop on their ‘edge of comfort’, to stretch past what they thought was possible and not only to develop personally, but also to develop a passion to make a difference within the organisation as leaders.

His areas of interest and expertise are aroudn Change Management, Political Astuteness, Resilience, Team-working and Diversity and Inclusion

Vikram Millns

Vikram brings a broad range of skills within business including leadership around strategic and commercial expertise, quality and continuous improvement, employee engagement, inclusion and diversity leadership.

He brings industry excellence in customer and business development, systems and operations, service and and product development, marketing and brand building.

He has run extensive online programmes with audiences all over Europe, Middle East and Africa and at technology conferences.

He has a strong cross-cultural working experience and has lived and working in India and the UK