Looking to unlock your leadership potential? Find out more about Leadership Pulse!

Our dynamic modular course is packed with real-life examples from cultural and corporate experts, grounded in experiential learning. You’ll gain the essential skills and competencies needed for personal and professional growth in today’s cultural sector, including confidence, resilience, and clarity of purpose. Discover your unique strengths as a leader and build on them, while also gaining new skills to drive positive change.


Programme Details

Leadership Pulse Includes:

  • Our two-month course consists of two five-day residential workshops with coaching and facilitated online sessions between modules.
  • Course Content The curriculum covers three main areas
  • Leading Yourself: Exploreing self-leadership and learning around your personal qualities such as values, drivers and authenticity. Through leadership profiling and facilitation you will start to build an understanding of leadership styles and value difference in approaches.
  • Leading Others and Managing Resources: Assessing context and managing resources are essential skills for cultural leaders today. Here content explores practical subjects including strategic business planning, financial management, building high performance teams, governance and inclusive leadership.
  • Leading Change: Cultural leaders today are operating in a world with heightened uncertainty, volatility and complexity, so now more than ever the ability to navigate change is central to a leader’s role. This course looks at some of the skills and agility required to lead through uncertainty. 

Around your residentials there will be the opportunity to continue your learning with facilitated online small group conversations and coaching. These virtual connections enable you to continue the conversations and networks that you started during the residential and embed your learning.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experience to the course and animate the group learning. To help us create the best possible mix of people we will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

  • At least five years’ work experience. NB this is a minimum criteria. If you just meet the five year’s criteria, then you might want to consider our Emerging Leaders Course.
  • An ambition to lead, a sense of purpose and vision
  • A desire to better understand leadership
  • Self-awareness, authenticity and openness to learning
  • A commitment to and passion for the cultural sector
  • A curiosity as to the wider context of culture

Our courses are supported by Arts Council England and to be eligible for a subsidised place applicants must be:

  • Working in England (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector)
  • Committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England

Applicants outside the UK 

We do welcome applications to our courses from applicants based or working outside of the UK, but our unsubsidised course fee would apply and you should check your eligibility for any bursary you are applying for. Our course content is delivered in English and overseas course participants would be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and securing the visas necessary to attend the course.  

Costs & Funding

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Clore Duffield Foundation, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, we can offer subsidised course fees to eligible applicants. The subsidised fee bands for 2023 are:

  • Band A – 1-15 employees: £1,000 +VAT
  • Band B – 16- 50 employees: £1,500 +VAT
  • Band C – 51-199 employees: £1,800 +VAT
  • Band D – 200+ employees: £2,200 +VAT

The unsubsidised cost of a Leadership Pulse course place is £4,700 +VAT. There may be a limited number of unsubsidised places on each course, priority will be given to those who meet the criteria for a subsidised place.

Dates & Venues

We’re pleased to confirm that our Leadership Pulse applications will be reopening in Spring 2025.

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Applications are currently closed

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