Ethnic diversity in the public sector has been improving steadily. Yet, this progress does not yet translate into senior roles.

Join exceptional professionals from across the public sector for high impact peer to peer learning and propel towards greater performance.​

Attend our Ethnic Minorities in Leadership course to create a personal vision of what it means to be a great leader and enhance your capabilities to meet this challenge. Define your values and career goals and develop your leadership style. Learn to react to opportunities and use practical tips to gain power and influence for stepping-up and progressing further.

Through expert-led discussions and practical exercises, identify strategies to lead with purpose and conviction, establish practical techniques to set boundaries and remain true to your vision. Leave the day with an action plan to become the leader you envisioned and overcome barriers to success.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note this course will be delivered virtually via Zoom.

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Sheida Ghadakchian
Career and Personal Development Facilitator

Sheida is an experienced economist in the UK Civil Service, a facilitator and trainer.

With a background in Political Science and Economics, Sheida has worked in the public sector on issues surrounding the global financial crisis, legal aid and issues surrounding domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.

Having lived and worked in several countries, she has benefited from working in diverse environments and appreciates the importance in fostering opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Sheida is an experienced facilitator delivering career and personal development workshops with the career support organisation Thresholds. ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen your confidence and personal insight
  • Create an environment where everybody can thrive
  • Develop your leadership style to improve your impact
  • Learn to generate buy-in and enhance your ability to obtain results
  • Establish an action-plan to develop you into the leader you want to be
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

What Makes Great Leaders?

  • Identify inspiring leaders and why they are thought so
  • Discuss the strategies of high achieving individuals and how they are being perceived
  • Define potential barriers to development for ethnic minorities in leadership positions
  • Reflect on the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Leading with Authentic Purpose

  • Understand your fundamental values and motivations
  • Pinpoint leadership strengths, styles and aspirations
  • Investigate your impact and the qualities needed to improve it
  • Learn about vision and engagement as leaders’ two core activities
12:00 - 12:30

Stepping Up with Confidence

  • Identify your achievements and skills
  • Align your authentic self with people’s perception
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, talents and biases
  • Why language matters: talking about yourself and challenging negative messages
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Workshop: Communication Strategies to Influence and Achieve your Goals

  • Learn how to enhance the impact of your communication
  • Establish a clear strategy to use when communicating with peers
  • Recognise and overcome undermining language
14:15 - 15:00

Techniques and Pathways to Senior Roles

  • Recognise opportunities for upward growth
  • Effective networking: practical tips to cultivate your team of mentors and peers
  • Understand the value you can bring to your organisation
  • Generate senior leadership buy-in and influence at a business strategy level
15:00 - 15:45

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 15:45

Action-Planning: Be the Leader You Envisioned

  • Define which core competencies you need to develop further and how
  • Determine your current impact and the one you want to have as a leader
  • Identify potential obstacles and how you can overcome them to the best of your ability
  • Establish alignment between your personal purpose and the purpose of your organisation
15:45 - 16:00

Evaluation, Feedback and Close


Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Charity - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Private Sector - Virtual

Delegate Price
£445 + VAT