Developing Leaders

This is one of the SEDA-PDF named awards available through SEDA’s Professional Development Framework. It is of particular relevance to colleagues who are in, or aspire to be in, a leadership position in the post-compulsory and adult education and lifelong learning sector.

  • To support individuals in their professional development as leaders and managers in an educational context
  • To recognise individual progress, practice and professional achievement
  • To enhance professional practice
  • To encourage the development of learning communities and the sharing of good practice
  • To enhance the experience of students
  • To promote the development of a cadre of gifted professionals with knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively lead, nurture and guide change and development in the sector and in their chosen profession.

This award is for those who are aspiring to, entering or developing positions of managerial or leadership responsibility. Participants will be from any profession or discipline in the sector, and from both academic and support services.

Values, Core Development Outcomes and Specialist Outcomes
The Professional Development Framework (PDF) identifies outcomes and values which any locally designed Developing Leaders programme must show that it assesses. We believe that there is a real value in the process of developing institution or profession specific leadership competencies. Indeed this is often essential in order to achieve buy-in by senior managers and participants.


Award recipients will have shown how their work is informed by the SEDA Values: 

  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practising in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical
  3. Working with and developing learning communities
  4. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes

Core Development Outcomes
The emphasis in the development outcomes is on the reflective process of professional development. The outcomes put the onus on the individual to take responsibility for their own development and suggests a process for this. Award recipients will be able to:

  1. Identify their own professional development goals, directions or priorities
  2. Plan for their initial and / or continuing professional development
  3. Undertake appropriate development activities
  4. Review their development and their practice, and the relations between them.

Specialist Outcomes
Additionally Developing Leaders award recipients will be able to:

  1. Explain leadership concepts and theory and analyse their own leadership style, skills and competencies in the light of these
  2. Show how their understanding of the contexts in which they work affects their leadership decisions at local, institutional, professional, regional and national level, and, where appropriate, international level
  3. Contribute to the development of corporate objectives by the exercise of vision, strategy, goal setting and ethics on corporate and professional issues and, where appropriate, governance
  4. Use their skills within the workplace to influence and enhance team performance, development, decision taking, creativity and innovation.
Wording improved, February 2011

Indicative content on each of the specialist outcomes.

Named award co-ordinators
Angela Benzies

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