"It has been a much deeper experience that I expected. I have learned so much about inner strength and resilience and staying true to my core values and beliefs. It has been inspiring to be surrounded by such talented and brilliant peers, and to hear from established and successful leaders."
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What is the Clore Emerging Leaders Course?
An intense, five-day residential course providing you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to take the next steps as an emerging cultural leader. Since 2011 we have run nine Emerging Leaders courses aimed at people in the early stages of their careers. You can read what people have said about the course here.
Who is it for?
We are looking for individuals who aspire to lead; to make a difference to the cultural sector and the world at large. You should have two to five years' experience in the arts, museums, or libraries sector (this can include time spent on internships), and some experience of initiating and/or managing projects. The majority of participants are between the ages of 21 and 30. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a genuine desire to lead and to illustrate why they want to. The course is suitable for those working for organisations, freelance artists and independents. We are looking for applicants from as wide a range of backgrounds and specialisms as possible. Please see here for the some of the attributes we look for in a potential leader.
We aim to increase the diversity of leadership in arts and culture and would particularly welcome application from BAME or disabled emerging leaders, who are currently under-represented in leadership across the sector.
How will I learn?
The course provides a supportive environment in which participants are given an introduction to leadership development and the opportunity to challenge themselves and their perception of leadership.
We understand that people learn in different ways and the course reflects this. It blends practical skills and tools, real-life examples and individual and group learning. There are also opportunities to listen to cultural leaders talk about their experiences of leadership, and what they have learned along the way. Sharing and learning from each other is strongly encouraged.
What will I learn?
Our exact programme varies from course to course but for reference, here are some examples of sessions from previous Emerging Leaders courses: Leading Yourself and Others, Coaching Skills for Leaders, Having Difficult Conversations, Governance and Lobbying and Communications.
What difference will the course make to you?
By attending the course you will:
- Grow in confidence around your own leadership ability
- Increase your career motivation
- Understand different leadership styles better
- Gain greater self-awareness
- Acquire some practical tools and skills
- Build a stronger support network of fellow emerging leaders to share experiences with and brainstorm problems together
How do I apply?
Application is via an online form. For further information about where the next courses will take place and course fees, please visit the Dates, Venues and Fees page.
Information about eligibility and the selection process can be found on the Applying for the Emerging Leaders page.