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Courageous Leadership Conference

Event code SCH 19/259 
Event description This 1 day conference, open to any classroom or school leader will be led and run by Ben Walden - an international speaker and workshop leader in the realm of education. He has been a main keynote speaker at many conferences in Europe, Asia, the Americas as well as Australia. He works with many individual schools, looking at themes of leadership and inspiring communication with both staff and – especially - students.

Shakespeare’s greatest psychological thriller provides fascinating insights into the behaviours that can make or break individuals and organisations. This programme explores courageous leadership through two very different leaders: Malcolm and Macbeth. Most of us know Macbeth. His descent from fearless warrior to ruthless tyrant is a compelling tale of high achievement turning to tragedy. We use Macbeth to examine shadow leadership potentials. We learn how to identify excessive and dangerous behaviours – both in ourselves and others - before derailment becomes inevitable.

Not so many of us know about Malcolm. His journey is less publicised but more successful. Through his character we explore the development of quiet, courageous leadership. Malcolm’s example proves that we can become generative leaders, creating meaning for the groups we lead and hope for our collective future.

Throughout the day participants consider the leadership challenges embedded in the play and ask questions about the issues that hold most relevance for them.

The day ends with reflection and action planning to enable each participant to leave with a clear sense of what they need to do to apply their learning in the workplace.

Previous feedback includes:

• Truly inspirational – he should be speaking to every level of leadership
• Just brilliant. Engaging. Experienced. Inspired me to think about leadership in a deeper and different way
• Amazingly well thought out ideas, really creative
• Very entertaining and interesting. Broke down qualities of good leadership.
• Clear ideas linked to all areas for leadership
• Fantastic – would love to come across him again 
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Subject areas Leadership & Management
Target audience
Assistant Headteacher / Early Years Setting Manager / Headteacher / Key Stage Co-ordinators / Leaders & Managers / Leadership Team / Managers / Subject Leaders / Team Leaders
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Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8UX map
Location Ashford
Training Provider The Education People - Professional Development Service
Admin contact Victoria Parker (
Jo Winkler
Part of SLA? No
Kent LA cost
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Independent/PVI cost
Number of credits 3
Funding information 20% VAT will be added at the point of invoice
Start date Thursday 4 July 2019
Times 09:00-15:30
Number of sessions 1