First Time Leaders
Join our January, February or March 2022 cohorts

Motivating learning for modern managers

Our purposeful, social and performance-enhancing 12 week accelerator provides recently promoted people managers with practical and immediately applicable skills. Delivered remotely, through a series of live group sessions with offline assignments and supporting missions, the programme sets participants up for success among a supportive group of positive peers from similar organisations.

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January '22 dates

All Wednesdays 11am—1pm UK time. 26th January, 9th February, 23rd February, 9th March, 23rd March, 6th April

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February '22 dates

All Wednesdays 3.30pm—5pm UK time. 16th February, 2nd March, 14th March, 30th March, 13th April, 27th April

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March '22 dates

All Tuesdays 11am—1pm UK time. 8th March, 22nd March, 5th April, 19th April, 3rd May, 17th May

Six motivating modules

Actionable learning over 12 social weeks

Programme principles

Expert led, accountable and action-oriented


Peer-led learning

Participants work and learn among a supportive cohort of peers, drawn from across growth-oriented organisations, focussed on individual and collective challenges and holding each other to account.


The action's in-between

The magic happens in between the sessions; with resources, exercises and 'mini-missions' taken away, tried and applied among teams. And in each new session we check in on what's changed.


Energising expertise

Cohorts are guided by a coach-facilitator throughout, adapting the core programme content to individual and collective needs, and welcoming in a cast of subject experts at key points — to enliven the thinking around their ideas and experiences.


The end is the beginning

Participants join our active alumni community of practice — invited alongside members of past FTL cohorts to check-in on the challenges and opportunities that come with people-management, through learning sets and ask-the-expert sessions.

“Unlike any development programme I’ve taken part in before. This felt more like a series of powerful conversations that fundamentally changed how I think about my work and my style as a manager.“

Daniel, StudioXAG
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The programme on a page

Empowering managers to empower teams at...
Empowering managers to empower teams at...

Ted Baker, GiffGaff, Everyman Cinemas, Universal Records, Beyond Words, Koto, Social Entertainment Ventures, Shelter, Publica, The V&A Museum, The National Theatre, The Guardian, StudioXAG, Farfetch, Action for Children, Scope, Pip & Nut, The Trainline, Getty Images, Else and elsewhere...