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The Leadership Conversation, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), aimed to establish a knowledge base from which the Foundation can develop a professional and career framework for leadership and management in the English education and training sector.


The project ran from December 2013 until July 2014, and was delivered by a sector-wide partnership. Project partners represented in the project management team include the 157 Group, AELP, IfL, NIACE and the Gazelle Colleges Group. In addition, a further 10 sector organisations were represented on the project’s active Steering Group in order to ensure relevance, accessibility and reach to all parts of the sector. In addition to these groups, the project established a Sector Task Group and an International Academic Advisory Group to support its effective delivery.


For a short video on the project see below













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The project identified the views of existing sector leaders on the attributes required for excellent leadership, both now and into the future.   A number of interlinked activities, including interviews, focus groups, virtual brainstorming and discussions were undertaken from which key attributes were identified and developed into ‘The Sector Perspective on Excellent Leadership’, as below. 




The Sector Perspective does not describe the attributes in the form of a single, heroic leader who is expected to have all the attributes. Rather it describes the overall leadership qualities expected within and across teams and/or organisations.


A number of key outputs were created under the project including:







If you are interested in finding out more about the Leadership Conversation please contact kate.green@157group.co.uk