The Language of Leadership – Introduction

The Language of Leadership – Introduction day introduces you to the key themes which underpin the whole The Language of Leadership: finding your own voice programme: interpersonal communication skills, building and maintaining trust, aligning values and purpose.

We will be looking at the changing face of leadership in the 21st century, with the focus on leadership and management in the NHS. We will be reflecting on the role of the leader as expert communicator, thinking about how communication shapes team culture and the impact of the leader’s language and communication style on team performance.

At this, the start of your personal and professional development journey, you’ll be invited to reflect on how you would like to establish your professional identity as a leader speaking with your own voice, so that you can communicate effectively with personal authority, authenticity, and impact.

You will have opportunities to…

– Think about personal as well as professional life goals and connect with what really matters to you
– Learn more about yourself and gain insights into your relationships with others
– Develop your own personal and authentic leadership style
– Enhance your interpersonal skills for leadership and management
– Network with colleagues from other specialities – for mutual support now, and going forward, as future leaders in the NHS
– Create your own professional identity as a leader and communicate with authenticity and impact.

By the end of the introductory day, you will have designed your own personalised professional development programme, in line with GMC guidelines.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Methods: Presentation, whole group discussion and activities, breakout sessions, role play, video clips, reflective journaling etc.
  • Pre-event preparation: Pre-programme questionnaire
  • Post-event work: Book next modules according to the individual’s leadership development objectives, follow-up on individual Action Plan decided at end of the session, and follow-up using Delegate Resource Handbook together with list of further resources provided in the Slide Pack

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Who can attend

– Doctors in training FY2+
– Doctors and dentists not in training may attend as fee paying participants 

Aims and learning outcomes


– To provide an introduction to key themes of the Language of Leadership programme:
– To provide examples of the most prevalent leadership styles
– To reflect on personal and professional values and their alignment with organisational values
– To introduce interpersonal communication from a technical perspective
– To begin thinking about how trust is established and maintained
– To introduce the concepts of authentic leadership and personal authority

Learning outcomes:

Having attended this introduction, delegates will be able to:

– Understand the purpose, approach and overall structure of the Language of Leadership programme
– Distinguish between the leadership and management aspects of your role
– Identify key components of interpersonal communication, including trust
– Begin thinking about the next steps in your own personal / professional development plan

Associated GMC Generic Professional Capabilities (GPC)

Domain 1: Professional values and behaviours
– Managing time and resources effectively

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Communication and interpersonal skills)
– Demonstrating active listening skills
– Demonstrating cultural and social awareness
– Effectively managing challenging conversations or consultations
– Applying management and team-working skills appropriately. Including influencing, negotiating, continuously re-assessing priorities and effectively managing complex, dynamic situations
– Ensuring continuity and coordination of patient care through the appropriate transfer of information
– Maintaining appropriate situational awareness and sensitivity to the impact of their comments and behaviours on others

Domain 5: Capabilities in leadership and team working
– Demonstrating an understanding of why leadership and team- working is important in their role as a clinician
– Showing awareness of their leadership responsibilities as a clinician and why effective clinical leadership is central to safe and effective care
– Demonstrating an understanding of a range of leadership principles, approaches and techniques, and applying them in practice
– Demonstrating appropriate leadership behaviour and an ability to adapt their leadership behaviour to improve engagement and outcomes
– Appreciating their leadership style and its impact on others
– Actively participating and contributing to the work and success of a team (appropriate followership)
– Thinking critically about decision-making, reflecting on decision-making processes and explaining those decisions to others in an honest and transparent way
– Supervising, challenging, influencing, appraising and mentoring colleagues and peers to enhance performance and to support development
– Promoting a culture of learning and academic and professional critical enquiry.

Domain 8: Capabilities in education and training
– Provide supportive developmental feedback, both verbally and in writing, to learners and doctors in training
– Create effective learning opportunities for learners and doctors in training
– Evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of their educational activities

Faculty biography

Anneliese Guerin-Le-Tendre

Anneliese is an experienced leadership coach, teacher, trainer and facilitator in the public and private sector, and has been working in the NHS since 2008, developing and delivering programmes on leadership, communication, culture, culture change, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing.

Anneliese’s work – based on the principles of Transformational and Vertical Development Leadership – takes a holistic approach, aligning interpersonal communication skills with values, life purpose and meaning, to offer insights for personal and professional growth and self-empowerment.


– Wessex training grade doctors and Wessex SAS/Specialty grade doctors are funded by Wessex, so no study leave claims will be necessary for course fees.
– Other delegates are required to pay a nominal fee.

Cancellation penalties may apply. Please refer to the Accent Course Manager Cancellation and Refund Policy.

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