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Building Your Authority

Influencing beyond your role


Next available start date: September 2024
More information below

Residential, The New Forest
£3,500 +VAT
Five days

There are a few bursary places available for 3rd sector leaders on this programme. Please contact Tracy Nottage for a form and further details. Thanks

Our Building Your Authority programme is designed to support leaders at all levels to work more effectively towards positive change within a challenging and evolving health and care system. Over five days, the programme offers a reflective space to take stock, review your leadership journey and prepare for future challenges. 

We know that it is no longer enough just to have a good idea. It is just as important to work collaboratively with others, navigate organisational politics and to work with relational dynamics to use that idea to create change. The Building Your Authority programme acknowledges these constraints and will help improve your confidence to navigate the complex relationships within teams and across organisations.

This programme is available either online or in-person, depending on your preference. In both settings, you will learn through a mixture of self-reflection and group work, workshops to develop key relational practices, conceptual sessions introducing you to new frameworks and one-to-one coaching with the programme director. 

Building Your Authority stands alone as a programme, but it can also provide a foundation for leaders to continue their leadership journey on our Top Manager programme.

What will I learn on Building Your Authority?

The Building Your Authority programme will equip you with tools and strategies to:

  • better understand your own leadership style and how you work with others and approach complex problems

  • lead and influence effectively in online working environments

  • test your assumptions about yourself and others in order to work well in groups and teams, both in person and online

  • build on your existing goals and set new ones

  • witness the impact of different leadership approaches and the reactions they can have in emerging groups

  • work more effectively with colleagues, patients and communities who exercise different kinds of authority and bring different perspectives

  • create space to really think about what is going on when you meet resistance or encounter limitations to your ambitions – both your own and those of others

  • build your personal resilience and capacity for learning and explore how to create resilient learning cultures, particularly in an online context

  • develop a network of peers who can provide a catalyst for change and grow together as a cohort of future leaders.

Is Building Your Authority for me?

We aim to represent the diversity of the health, care and the wider community system so we welcome participants from:

  • NHS organisations

  • the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector

  • local government

  • social care and housing organisations

  • private sector providers

  • patient and community-based leaders. 

You may have just been promoted or transitioned into a new role, had some management experience but feel ready to move to the next stage of your journey, or you may be an established leader or clinician looking for a better understanding of effective leadership. We welcome enthusiastic learners and leaders across all levels to this programme.

Programme team

Programme structure

Pricing and dates


  • Next cohort start date: 17–19 January, 22–24 January 2024 – SOLD OUT

  • Price: £3,200 + VAT

In person

  • Next cohort start date: 23–27 September 2024

  • Price: £3,500 + VAT 

Frequently asked questions

Got a question about the programmes? Go to our frequently asked questions.


Apply now

Complete the Building Your Authority application form and one of our programme co-ordinators will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

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