Show Up – to develop your leadership
13 Oct 2021 – 9 March 2022: approx 18 hours of contact time
Show Up is for leaders (Chief Executives, Executive Directors) who want to take a frank, refreshing look at leadership. It will focus on your own values and role in working towards inclusion and accountability.
Join us on a unique, intimate journey of personal and collective exploration, discovery, and change.
Show Up is an excellent way to expand your leadership field of vision and post-Covid leadership style. This programme is part of AMA’s commitment to helping the sector address social justice.
Through this 5-month programme, you will:
- Sculpt a Leadership Point of View. You’ll consider what and who has shaped your core beliefs about leading and motivating people over your lifetime
- Put your Leadership Point of View into practice. Keep your actions aligned with your values .
- Explore narratives around your organisations and venues (from origin stories to social media complaints). This includes analysing assumptions and influences, trends and patterns. It also looks at who was included and excluded, what was elevated, absent, or erased.
- Practice co-creation and collaborative problem-solving on brief projects with other leaders in your cohort.
Learn from and interact with leaders labelled as “non-traditional” or “outside the box” who might also be from historically marginalized social identities.
You’ll take part in:
- 3 x 1-hour mentoring to support and challenge you as you expand your knowledge
- 3 x webinars tailored to shape your inclusive leadership development
- 1 x networking salon to increase your effectiveness and test your collaboration skills
- 3 x peer sessions where details of experiments are launched. These experiments will provide you with opportunities to test your ideas based on the knowledge gained within the programme.
- 2 x facilitated peer sessions to build putting your Leadership Point of View into practice
- 1 x graduation ceremony to celebrate what you have achieved
Why Show Up?
Leadership in the 21st century doesn’t mean ignoring who you are. It means embracing and understanding every part of yourself. It also means embracing and understanding every part of society that does (or might, or should) comprise your team, Board, audiences and other stakeholders.
Leadership has to mean no more burn-out or isolation. Capacity and sustainability are finite resources. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted inequalities throughout society, while piling pressure on leaders to deliver and adapt to constant change.
What lessons can we build on, from the last 16+ months? There’s no better time to transform your leadership approach. Change how you work, how you work with others, and how your organisation works.
Show Up will help you work with change as a constant presence to be navigated, providing tools to help you fully inhabit your leadership and take your organisation on a journey to a more equitable destination.
- 3 x 1 hour online sessions with mentors selected by AMA for their individual styles in executive coaching. Their passion and expertise in leadership in the arts, heritage and cultural sector have led to transformative impact for other organisations. They will enable you to interrogate aspects of your own style and development throughout the programme.
- Leadership bias analysis and language in the new normal
- Re-imagining arts and culture through a social justice lens
- Smashing policies and creating a culture of curiosity
- Experiment 1 – Leadership point of view CEOs will work from their sense of self to incorporate new ideas on how they want/need to lead in the new normal.
- Experiment 2 – ‘Lights On’ Networking Salon CEOs from the programme will work with CEOs from across the UK to develop a special symbol to represent a shared vision. Who receives the stamp of approval?
- Experiment 3 – Policy Redux: Inclusivity through a policy re-boot. Using action research methods to interrogate your resources and knowledge to look differently at how organisational policies are produced. Mixer and group task, taking place online 10th November 2021 from 09.30am to 12.30pm.
Peer discussion sessions
Online discussions will take place, providing the opportunity to explore how to put your Leadership Point of View into practice
All activity takes place online. Mentoring sessions will take place in October, November and January with dates to be agreed between mentors and mentees.
13 Oct – Launch event and Experiment 1 – Leadership Point of View 1
20 Oct – Webinar 1: Leadership Bias Analysis
10 Nov – Experiment 2: Networking Salon (time TBC)
3 Nov – Webinar 2: Re-imagining arts and culture lens work
15 Dec – Leadership Point of View 2
12 Jan – Experiment 3: Policy redux
12 Jan – Webinar 3: Smashing policies and creating a culture of curiosity
9 Feb – Leadership Point of View 3
9 Mar – Graduation event
Trainers & Mentors
Show Up will get you out of your head and checking your biases. You’ll examine your organisation, staff, board, and audience from new perspectives. You’ll understand and explore the legacy hidden within the walls and systems of your institutions and identities. You’ll become a better leader, and a more confident agent of change, ready to show up and embrace the work.
Helping you achieve this will be the following mentors and trainers:
As a Visual Artist, Curator, Director and Creative Producer, Pauline has over 30 years experience in participatory arts projects, community engagement, and the development of emerging artists. She has worked with diverse groups across ages, communities and settings.
Auriel Majumdar is a Creative Coach, Coach Supervisor and Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working in organisations as manager, leader, strategist and change maker. In her coaching practice, Auriel specialises in leadership and personal development in the creative sector.
Aliya is a British writer and yoga facilitator with ancestral connections to Uganda and Pakistan. She is passionate about skilful, response-able communication and has worked in journalism, human rights, mental health, academia and environmental science.
Richard is Director of Open Theatre, where he works to place the creativity of young people with learning disabilities at the centre of the cultural life of Birmingham and Coventry through partnership work with other cultural organisations.
Rachel’s a producer of the JUBILEE, a yearlong, national theatre festival (2020/2021) in the U.S. that celebrates and supports work generated by artists of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations artists, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, LGBTQIA2+ artists, Deaf artists, and artists with disabilities.
Dr Martin Glynn
Dr Martin Glynn is an experienced and internationally renowned criminologist, educator, theatre director, and dramatist with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.
Hardish Virk has over twenty-five years’ experience of delivering Marketing, PR and Audience Development campaigns in the arts and culture sectors. As a Consultant, Hardish has advised on developing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) audiences; the process and value of market and audience research. Hardish also supports organisations with the development of policy and strategy documents focusing on communications and diversity.