Leadership Development

Future of GM’s core is place-focused leadership development, with Leaders Plus kicking things off in 2020 and Future Leaders going live in 2024 following a popular 2023 pilot series. Our bespoke cross-sector courses build confidence, skills, connection and awareness of other organisations’ drivers and processes. They combine leadership skills workshops, senior insight and field trips to evolving places.

To get involved as a nominator, candidate or mentor, contact info@futureofgreatermanchester.com 

GM Future Leaders

For people with typically 8-15 years in who are starting to lead teams and/or manage major programmes. Candidates build valuable cross-sector networks, work with a senior mentor from another organisation for confidential support, and build skills focused on developing the self as a leader.

All the below touch on internal and external relationships:

  • identifying & optimising your leadership style
  • building trust
  • resilience tools & techniques
  • motivation and impact
  • effective communication
  • inclusive leadership
  • professional brand & values

For more info and links to current Future Leaders candidates, click here.



GM Leaders Plus

For people already in leadership roles (e.g. Senior Managers, Heads of Service, Associate Directors depending on entity). Through CEO-level leadership skills, Expert Insights seminars and relevant workshops and visits, Leaders Plus helps participants navigate increased risk and responsibility.

Programme focus includes:

  • honing skills and confidence in leadership, stakeholder work & change management
  • translating leadership theory to real-world use, especially for place strategy and delivery
  • providing a safe space to discuss the difficult questions arising in senior roles
  • building candidates’ peer and senior networks across organisations and sectors, and their awareness of drivers and decision factors ‘across the table’.

For more info and links to current GM Leaders Plus candidates and mentors, click here.

“This programme is critical for developing GM’s senior talent pool. The [candidates’ year-end] Proposals for GM were top-class, and I hope we can go from strength to strength.” – Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority & Transport for GM (Programme champion, sponsor & mentor)

“This course has been invaluable. It has come at the right time in my career and given me much-needed direction, skills and a network I never knew I needed. Having a course where you take something away to put into practice every time is very rare. This is a gem.” – Heather Coombs, Strategic Manager – Buildings & Facilities, Wigan Council (2022 grad)

“I was looking for opportunities to meet with people at a similar level in other organisations. I hoped there would be genuine opportunities to discuss how leadership theory applied in practice with experienced leaders and with peers on the course. This was definitely provided!” – Amy Beasley, Service Manager (Place), Stockport Council (2021 grad)

“Materials are excellent, very clear and timely. I find the suggested reading really interesting and it sets up the course day. There is a combination of being friendly and professional that I think keeps the group and topics moving and sitting together comfortably.” – Carl Moore, Head of Home Ownership & Supply (NW), Homes England (2020 grad)