Generative Leadership: Developing Your Personal Leadership Practice

Course summary

  • Sat 07 Oct 2017 to Sat 04 Nov 2017
  • 10.00am - 5.15pm
  • Ewert House. Ewert Place Banbury Road Summertown Oxford OX2 7DD.
  • From £199.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O17P185SOR
  • +44 (0)1865 270368
  • Course Full

Generative Leadership: Developing Your Personal Leadership Practice


What kind of leadership is needed for the complex challenges we face in the 21st century?

This course develops your capacity for leading yourself and others, using practices which are future oriented, collaborative, access creativity and support innovation.

When we are at our most generative we are able to see, sense, create and work strategically with others to move forward together into the future. Generative leadership works with individual and collective practices to lead change and the capacity for deep innovation - from the local to the global scale.

We will work with generative leadership practices to see the systems we are part of and what needs to shift, draw inspiration from the natural world, strengthen our personal power and presence, practice embodied leadership, build resonant relationships, access personal creativity and collective intelligence and lead within and beyond the organisations we are part of. 

At the core of this will be 'presencing' or 'Theory U', which is being used in many parts of the world to sense, crystallise, prototype and innovate what needs to emerge in the future, particularly when working in multi-stakeholder contexts.

You may already be leading change in your organisation or community; or you may be new to this and wanting to be inspired and strengthened to emerge in leadership contexts.


Programme details

Registration 9.45am (Saturday 7 Oct)

Saturdays 7 October,  21 October and 4 November 2017

Week One: The human story in the 21st century and new kinds of leadership, economic, social and ecological challenges, Leading your self, Personal mastery and presence, research, Practical approaches and reflective practice, Generative listening and conversations

Week Two: Presencing, future mindedness and deep innovation practices, Leading others and building resonant relationships, Learning from the generative power of nature, Accessing personal creativity and collective intelligence in organisations and networks

Week Three: Generative action, reinventing organisations and prototyping change, From strategic conversations to action planning, Seeing the systems we are part of and collaborating across boundaries, Final review and developing your ongoing practice


Each day will run from 10.00am - 5.15pm with coffee/tea breaks at 11.15am and 3.15pm and a lunch break at 1.00pm.


These linked Saturdays are accredited with 10 CATS Points at FHEQ Level 4. Participants are automatically registered for credit.  Coursework is an integral part of the course and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)



Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms. Accommodation is often available in Rewley House for those who wish to stay on the night before a course. Please contact our Residential Centre on+44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and prices.


includes coffee/tea: £199.00
Baguette lunch each week: £14.10


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Ms Jane Corbett


Jane is a facilitator, tutor, consultant and coach on generative leadership for a sustainable future. She has worked on International and Public Programmes at OUDCE since 1997 as a part time tutor and course director on leadership and sustainability.

Course aims

To introduce some contemporary approaches to leading change and innovation in a variety of contexts, from the global to the local level. To explore the social, economic and ecological challenges we face in our organisations, communities and internationally through holistic and systemic thinking skills. To develop skills in leading self and others which are based on a sense of purpose, strong relationships, action oriented, work with diverse stakeholders, collaborative, networked, creative, future oriented and draw inspiration from the natural world. To encourage course participants to reflect on their experience and goals and develop their capacity to lead themselves and others, through an enjoyable series of presentations and experiential exercises.

Teaching methods

There will be a mix of theory and practice, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Personal leadership development will be supported through practical learning exercises in small groups and individually. Formal lecture material with lecture notes will be accompanied by group discussion.  There will be a mix of theory and practice, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Personal leadership development will be supported through practical learning exercises in small groups and individually. Formal lecture material with lecture notes will be accompanied by group discussion.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have a knowledge and understanding of contemporary leadership approaches and needs in organisational, community and societal contexts.

2. Have examined, experienced and reflected on leadership practices which can be developed at the individual and collective level and contributed to learning within the student community.

3. Have gained in confidence in their capacity to lead change, develop their personal leadership skills and have developed an action plan to take their interest further.


Assessment methods

Students will be asked to give short presentations (up to 5 mins) and complete a practical written report in the form of a personal learning and leadership development plan.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form with any piece of work that is part of the assessment criteria. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.