With the increasing pressure and challenges business leaders are facing following the pandemic, RADA Business’s flagship leadership programme, The Leading Role, aims to help leaders feel more confident within their job and organisation through an intensive blended learning programme.

Building on the work of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – a global leader in its field with graduates including Anthony Hopkins and Phoebe Waller-Bridge – RADA Business is a performance partner that delivers world-class business transformation programmes and coaching for organisations and individuals.

Designed for experienced leaders who want to flex their leadership style and increase their influence within an organisation, The Leading Role builds gravitas and leadership presence, whilst equipping professionals with the ability to handle the varying challenges they will face as a leader with authenticity and confidence.

The programme allows attendees to explore the importance of skilful use of the voice and body language to make fundamental shifts in their own personal impact, how they see themselves, and how they approach others. The programme also encourages attendees to consider how to manage their status in high stakes and challenging scenarios to elicit powerful outcomes.

Through blending in-person group learning and one-to-one coaching, The Leading Role is an intensive course that allows leaders to explore, experiment, and be guided through proven leadership models.

By providing the opportunity to apply the teachings to simulated real life scenarios, played out by actors and role players, the programme allows attendees to gain practical experience in learning to adapt and flex, quickly and effectively, within their leadership style. The rigorous application of leadership theory incorporated within this programme also encourages leaders to understand the importance of, and build, their resilience within this role in order to affect change and growth within their team or organisation.

Not only do attendees learn from their own development and benefit from the expertise of RADA Business’s Leadership Performance Coaches, but The Leading Role also allows leaders to work with peers across different sectors and industries, which facilitates insightful discussions, connections and learnings.

The Leading Role consists of three days at RADA Studios in Central London, with a maximum participant/Coach ratio of ten to two, to ensure a high level of individual attention and coaching. In addition to the in-person days, participants receive a series of one-to-one coaching sessions, allowing leaders to explore their individual development areas with specifically matched tutors, after the group learning takes place.

In a new video, attendees of the Leading Role course have shared how the training has helped them to feel more confident as leaders.

Professor Ajay Shah, Executive Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London comments: “Different styles for different audiences, how to make an impact, how to inspire, how to be serious – to actually practice it and do it and to see the effect that it has, I would say is the most important thing that I will take away from this.”

Mike Smith, Head of Strategy at BBC Strategy comments: “I’ve done nothing like this, I’ve done so many other management courses in general but nothing quite like this.”

Leadership Performance Coaching, Kath Burlinson, comments: “The combination of detailed personal attention from two Coaches with a small group of participants, who are leaders in their own right, offers a rare opportunity for new learning, powerful self-reflection and embodied explorations. These learnings lead to transformative insights and real long-lasting change.

“I’m thrilled to be working on The Leading Role in 2022 – to be together for three full days, working intensely with a group of truly interesting people and bringing my own passion for working with the body, breath and voice to those who want to make change happen in the world – what could be better? My challenge is to be the very best I can be in delivering the programme and I really look forward to diving in!”

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