Generative Leadership: Developing Your Personal Leadership Practice

Course details

From £155.00

Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

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 that are future oriented, collaborative, learn from the generativity of nature, access deep 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 collaboration and 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, 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. We will also work with embodied leadership practices drawing from research conducted by the Institute of HeartMath. A third theme is an enquiry into who we are as we lead and what forms our worldview: drawing upon insights from different cultures, wisdom traditions and contemporary science.

The weekend will include a mix of presentations, experiental exercises and reflective practice.

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

Programme details

SATURDAY 20 October

10.00 am            The human story in the 21st century and new kinds of leadership

                          Jane Corbett

11.00am            Coffee/tea

11.30am             Social, economic and ecological challenges and updating your worldview

                         Jane Corbett

1.00pm             Lunch

2.00pm            Leading yourself: personal mastery and presence, reflective practice

                          Jane Corbett

3.15pm               Coffee/tea

3.45pm              Leading others and building resonant relationships

                           Jane Corbett  

5.00pm              Close

Sat evening: Optional Dinner and Generative Conversations

                       at a nearby venue (at students own cost)


SUNDAY 21 October

10.00 am          Learning from the generative power of nature

                         Jane Corbett

11.00am            Coffee/tea

11.30am            Leading in complex and uncertain environments:  how to be generative

                        Jane Corbett

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Generative action and prototyping change              

                         Jane Corbett

3.15pm             Coffee/tea

3.45pm              Seeing the systems we are part of and collaborating across boundaries:  Final Reflective Practice

                           Jane Corbett  

5.00pm              Close

Recommended reading

Braden, G. ‘Human By Design: From Evolution By Chance To Transformation By Choice’ Penguin Random House: 2017

McKee, A., Boyatzis, R. and F. Johnston  ‘Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness’  Harvard University Press USA: 2008

Meadows, D., (edited Wright, D.) ‘Thinking in Systems: A Primer’ Chelsea Green Publishing: 2009

Polman, K. and S. Vasconcellos-Sharpe ‘Imaginal Cells: Visons of Transformation’  Reboot the Future, 2017

Scharmer, O.  ‘The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications’  Berrett Koehler publishers, San Francisco, 2018


Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £155.00
Baguette lunch (both days): £9.80


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.