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Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of participating in Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership. It was a powerful learning experience and the range of activities was fantastic. The networking that developed was extremely encouraging and has already extended beyond the residential. I found the programme extremely well facilitated, always in a stimulating, collegiate and supportive manner. Excellent experience all round – many thanks.

Dr Neil McPherson
Assistant Dean (Education)
University of the West of Scotland

Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership (PSSL) provides a unique opportunity for new and aspiring senior university leaders to explore and develop their leadership identity. Framed by the Connected Leadership model, PSSL is structured around four key leadership intelligences that address the question of  how to connect people with purpose, a key stratagem to creating successful strategic leadership. In a complex, sometimes ambiguous institutional environment, it is the quality of these connections that help leaders to engage others and release the energy for create sustainable change.

Over 500 professional and academic colleagues have taken part in PSSL from UK and European institutions. PSSL is one of the core leadership programmes run by the Leadership Foundation preparing leaders for the challenges of the evolving higher education landscape.

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Doug Parkin

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PSSL Co-Programme Director and Key Associate

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