Stirling’s leaders meet to launch new leadership programme



Jennifer McArthur

18th February 2016

An innovative leadership programme was launched last week in Stirling. The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is the result of a new partnership between the Stirling’s business support organisation, STEP, and Stirling Management School at the University of Stirling.

Leaders from some of the area’s most ambitious and innovative businesses gathered last Thursday to launch the programme which, unlike traditional classroom intensive based programmes, aims to focus on the real, strategic challenges facing today’s business leaders.

Gordon Bell, CEO at STEP commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with the Stirling Management School. Over the past few months the project team has developed a challenging programme and we’re really excited about the potential impact it will have on our participating leaders and the organisations where they work.

We were overwhelmed with the standard of applications for LDP demonstrating the appetite for a programme of this type.”

Prof Dave Mackay, Director of Executive Education at Stirling Management School said: “In collaboration with STEP, we are delighted to be working with a selection of the region’s current and future business leaders through this innovative new programme. Through the LDP, participants will be able to gain practical leadership insights and skills of high relevance to their daily lives. The LDP will provide long term benefit to participants, their organisations and the local business community, as this learning is put into practice.”

LDP consists of team and individual coaching sessions. Participants will learn from real-life experiences and address issues such as individual resilience, innovation, strategy and responsible leadership. They will also uncover valuable insights into their individual leadership style and preferences and how others can be led towards effective delivery of organisational strategy.

This is the first in the LDP series which will be delivered over the a two year period. LDP is fully funded by Business Gateway and ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

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Press Contacts:

Donna Kudarenko, Marketing Manager, STEP 01786 463 416 :

Lee-Anne Mackay, Marketing Manager, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling 01786 467312 :


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