Leading Others

Develop leadership skills through Thistle's Leading Others course. Whether you’re an experienced manager looking to refresh your skills or a new leader keen to make a positive start, our Leading Others course will support you to develop your leadership potential.

Effective leaders are confident, skilled and principled - and they also have the ability to empower and engage the people around them.


Leading Others is a ground-breaking training course available to managers and leaders in Health and Social Care in both the public and third sector.  The course combines 5 days of intensive learning alongside independent study and practice, supported by a sponsor from your organisation and with distance-coaching from course leaders.

Course facilitators are Steve Coulson and Stephen Finalyson from Thistle Foundation and independent consultant and co-developer of the course Phil Roycroft of Terra Nova.

This is a rigorous and in-depth period of learning and development from which you will emerge a more confident and effective leader able to engage and empower those around you.

This innovative Thistle Foundation course is accredited by Queen Margaret University and successful completion is equivalent to 15 credits at SCQF Level 7 which can support SSSC registration for supervisors in for example housing support services and care at home services.

More about the course

Before you start on the first of two teaching periods we will ask you to complete a questionnaire with your sponsor. This will help us to understand your goals and motivations for joining the course and clarify the expectations within your organisation.

You will immerse yourself in your learning, surrounded by a close network of up to 20 peers who’ll support and challenge you. It is an opportunity collaborate and to live the leadership skills you develop.

Our teaching is informal and engaging, mixing theoretical input, practical activity, discussions and skills inputs. We’ll cover topics such as engagement, motivation, delegation, teamwork, observation, listening and feedback. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your leadership style and personal values.

In between the two teaching periods you will work with your team and your sponsor to develop an Improvement Plan. After the second teaching period you will implement the plan and complete the assignment.

The course price is £525

This includes teaching time, lunch and long distance learning through 1:1 telephone calls.

The next Leading Others course will take place on 1st, 2nd & 3rd May and 25th & 26th June 2018

You can sign up for Leading Others using the booking form below. 

Online enquiry/booking form

Find out more

To find out more, please contact Steve Coulson on 0131 661 3366 or at steve.coulson@thistle.org.uk. 

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