Develop leadership capabilities among a curated peer-group; exploring individual and collective goals, and taking away practical skills and tools.

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Leadership Groups provide a rich and curated learning experience through which the mindsets and skillsets for purposeful, modern leadership are explored and developed among peers. Groups are exclusively for founders and ‘heads of’ within creatively-driven organisations.

Participants join a 10 strong peer group, for a period of nine months. Groups come together every four to six weeks for a half-day session, led by coach and mediator Hilary Gallo who works with the group throughout. Sessions combine peer discussion and group coaching with topic specific activities, reflecting the interests and goals of the group, and delivered by expert guests and speakers.

Groups provide a peer-led framework for getting advice and feedback, and for discussing individual and collective challenges with a supportive cohort of like-minds. At the close of each session actions are committed to, and accountability created within the group ahead of next time.

Who joins Leadership Groups?

Participants are founders, board members and ‘heads of’ at creatively-driven organisations; from global businesses like The Guardian, and Farfetch,  fast-growth creative practices like Koto and SODA and cultural institutions like the National Theatre and V&A Museum. Groups are closely curated to ensure balance.

Sessions and spaces

Groups meet every 4-6 weeks in spaces organised by YCN, convenient to access and conducive to conversation and learning. Shown is the loft at Paper Mill Studio in Islington, popular with groups due to its quiet location, natural light and real fire in winter.

Hilary Gallo

Hilary started his career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance before becoming Commercial Director at Accenture and Capgemini. Today he focusses on enabling people, and supporting leaders and organisations facing change. As a mediator and executive coach, his emphasis is helping people to purposefully work to their strengths. His latest book ‘Fear Hack’, a follow up to the best selling ‘The Power of Soft’, has recently been published.

Testimonials from current participants:

“I’ve learned as much from hearing other peoples’ challenges deconstructed as I have from discussing my own.”

“Truly motivating learning, and a great new group of allies.”

“I leave each and every session with a notebook full of things to follow through on, and commitments to put into action.”

“I felt everyone came in with challenges and came out with new perspectives.”

“Hilary artfully directs the conversation — drawing out decisions and making actions towards them stick.”

Joining a group

Enquiries are welcomed for 2019 Leadership Groups, with curated cohorts launching regularly.

Please first drop an email to express your interest, and a member of our Programme team will quickly reply to pick up the conversation, and sharing some questions to support the curatorial process.

Participants initially commit to a set of six sessions, with the option to continue and book additional sets thereafter.

We build capability

We help organisations of all shapes and sizes to become more capable in pursuit of their goals.

To do this we focus on what we believe to be the three key drivers of organisational capability — People, Purpose and Partnerships. Whether through our open learning programmes, or tailored consultancy work; we love bringing together creatively-minded groups to work and learn in modern and motivating ways.

Find out more about what we offer in this PDF, or by contacting YCN Director Nick Defty by email or on +44 (0)20 7033 2140.