Overview of the CPD Leadership Conversation Events

Overview of the 2019 CPD Leadership Conversation Events:

  1. Each one is exploring our theme of Daring to Lead® in Wales.
  2. Each one is very different, involving diverse contributors (and views) and supported by many organisations and professional networks, for which we are hugely grateful.
  3. All provide a great CPD opportunity to consider what leadership means to each of you.
  4. Each one is chaired / facilitated by Barbara Chidgey (Executive Chair, Leading Wales Awards)

Our full event programme:
Thursday 21st March at Gofod3, in the Cardiff City Stadium (12:30 – 13:30) – our contributors are Ruth Marks (CEO, WCVA) and Ian Price (Director, CBI Wales)

Tuesday 9th April at Cambria Business School, Coleg Cambria (17:30 – 19:00, arrival from 17:00) – our key note speaker is Gemma Morgan. David Jones OBE, CEO Coleg Cambria will officially launch the awards.

Monday 29th April at Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay (15:00 – 16:30, arrival from 14:30) – our contributors are Ben Cottam, (Head of External Affairs, FSB Wales), Jo Hicks (Director, Academi Wales), Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner in Wales) and Grant Santos (CEO Educ8 Group)
Tuesday 7th May at Swansea Business School, UWTSD (17:30 – 19:00, arrival from 17:00) – led by Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards at The Institute of Leadership & Management). Kate is joined by Rebecca Richards, Director of NHS Wales Finance Academy. NHS Wales Finance Academy were winners of the 2018 “Inspiring Great Leadership” award.
Tuesday 14th May at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University (17:30 – 19:00, arrival from 17:00) – with an inspiring leadership story from our keynote speaker John Rodway who is an executive in the Software Industry.
Wednesday 22nd May at Coleg y Cymoedd (Nantgarw Campus) – arrival from 09:30 and event runs from 10:00 – 13:00. Mission: Engagement is led by Iain Jardine – a team challenge with a real difference! Do you dare to lead a simulated military mission in Wales? Iain is an experienced (retired) Officer, Helicopter Pilot, Instructor and Performance Coach in the Royal Navy. (This event costs £9.00 plus booking fees)

Daring to Lead® in Wales

The 2019 Leading Wales Awards® has a theme of “Daring to Lead™ in Wales”. The nomination process will seek nominations of individuals in Wales (in all sectors and at all levels of responsibility) whose leadership is courageous, inspirational and transformational.

Courageous leaders are individuals who know exactly what they stand for and then stand for it. They have clear values and a strong moral compass, enabling them to take risks that maybe go against the grain of their organisation. They make decisions that lead to transforming ways of working or their organisation. Their boldness inspires their teams and positions their organisation to benefit the economy and society.

Such individuals have a clear value that it is “not about them” but is about their team, business, organisation or community; they are not celebrity-seekers. They do not shrink from critical feedback. They genuinely care for those they work with and for. Their courage comes from the heart, as does their passion for the business, organisation or community.

Those currently in senior leadership roles draw on these attributes and values in order to lead their colleagues and organisation through these times of instability and uncertainty. They provide the context and direction, together with the ability to engage teams in finding the route through the day to day, whilst not losing sight of the transformational agenda.

They pay full attention to the pace-setting (transactional) leadership required for setting and delivering on goals, have clarity in targets, the monitoring of performance and the measuring of success. Importantly though, they complement that leadership approach with other leadership styles displaying their courage, their ability to inspire, influence, build trusted relationships and engage others. This enables them to lead transformation.