About Leadership Intensive

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We are not currently taking applications for Leadership Intensive. Please see Leadership Pulse for more info.

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What is Leadership Intensive?

Leadership Intensive (formerly known as the Short Course) is a two-week residential course providing essential professional and personal development for cultural leaders today. The course content is grounded in experiential learning and rich with real-life examples shared by experts from across the cultural and corporate sectors.

The supportive learning environment on the course meant it felt safe to take risks, be honest and try new things
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Why choose Leadership Intensive?

Leadership Intensive is for those that enjoy an immersive experience where they can devote themselves to their personal and professional development. The residential environment provides a safe space for self-reflection, learning and practicing new skills.

Typically Leadership Intensive course participants will have had some leadership experience perhaps as a team leader within an organisation; as the founder director of their own arts/cultural organisation or enterprise; leading a department within a large organisation; or working as an individual practitioner leading on projects. They are confident in having responsibility for teams and projects and have some experience in setting strategic direction.  They will have undertaken some leadership development previously alongside relevant sector skills development training.  They will have had at least five years’ experience working in the cultural sector.

By attending the course you will be equipped with the skills and competencies to drive positive change in the sector such as; confidence, resilience, and clarity of purpose. You will better understand your strengths as leader and how to build them; gain confidence on your existing skills and learn new ones.

Research has shown that there are long term benefits and changes to be gained by attending our programmes. Former participants across our Leadership Intensives have demonstrated improved influence at both a strategic and management level. Participants have also shared the knowledge with their organisations and teams maximising the impact in the sector.

All participants will join a large and diverse netowrk of inspiring Clore Leaders from across the cultural sector.

We also run Clore Leadership Pulse, a dynamic modular programme for those who enjoy time and space to process their learning. If this structure better suits your learning style please see the pages on Leadership Pulse for more information.


We are looking for a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experiences to the course and animate the group learning. Across all our programmes, we are not looking for fully formed leaders, but instead individuals who can demonstrate: 

  • 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. 

You must have at least five years’ work experience. NB this is a minimum criteria. If you just meet the five year’s criteria, then you might wish to consider our Emerging Leader course.    

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