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Personal Development Management System

Quiet Leadership

Audience: Academic staff, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Times: 0930-1630

Programme: Public Engagement Portfolio - Professional Staff
Programme: Dignity and Inclusion Portfolio

Key details: Passport to Management Excellence Alumni Event

Target audience

Passport to Management Excellence Alumni

Qualifications needed

Completion of the Passport to Management Excellence

Course information

Quiet leaders bring a sense of calm, projecting quiet, reassuring confidence and creating an atmosphere where others can think well for themselves. This one-day programme offers key insights on an approach to management and leadership that can help to transform the way we engage with others at work. Through a combination of practical techniques and supporting information from neuroscience, participants are offered an opportunity to reflect on current practice and consider the impact of doing things differently.

This course is both practical and experiential. It offers participants a chance to reflect and self-assess their current ways of working. Participants are invited to bring along concrete examples of work that they wish to view from a Quiet Leadership perspective to support them in creating real change through the training programme. 

Developing Quiet Leadership is about developing yourself and your own approaches, in order to support and motivate those around you. This training draws on a series of awareness-raising tools and transferrable models as developed by David Rock (Quiet Leadership) and influenced by Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Competence Framework and contemporary neuroscience.

Quiet Leaders are masters at bringing out the best performance in others. They improve the way people think – literally improving the way their brains process information – without telling anyone what to do.  Given how many people in today’s organisations are being paid to think, improving thinking is one of the fastest ways to improve performance.


Aims and objectives

  • Participants will develop their understanding of self-leadership and what ‘being a leader’ means to them.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to explore the skills and competencies of an effective leader and create a personalised plan to work towards becoming the leader they want to be.
  • Participants will build on existing interpersonal skills – having the opportunity to practice new ways of listening, questioning and giving feedback.
  • Participants will learn more about how they think, process information and learn.
  • By bringing real and current situations to the workshop, participants will get an opportunity to gain support to think through their responses in relation to relevant, work related topics. They will also have opportunities to be the supporting partner for a peer partner as they think through their own current workplace situations.



Michele Armstrong

Michele is a partner in the Acorn Principle:



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