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What makes a WIG leadership development programme unique?

  • You will be learning and sharing with a group of peers from diverse organisations 
  • You will experience life, challenges, and opportunities in another sector 
  • WIG's leadership programmes build strong, powerful networks between peers which last for years 
  • Our leadership programmes are practical and experiential – designed in modules to fit around your day job. 

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Why us?

  • We have been developing leaders across the sectors for over 35 years  
  • Our leadership programmes cater for every rung of your career ladder - from early careers to the most senior in their organisation 
  • We offer a complete range of options and also offer in-house options tailored to your requirements 

Who are our alumni?

When you complete a WIG leadership programme, that isn't the end. You will take away a long-lasting network with the peers you meet on the programme as well as a continued supportive relationship with WIG.

Meet some of our alumni:

  • Kate Willsher

    University of Cambridge

    WIG Women's Leadership Programme alumna

    "The WIG Women's Leadership Programme was appropriate not only for my career given that I'd worked across sectors, but also a good fit for my organisation. [I was] wondering if I was even senior enough to apply [for the programme] and then found myself in this cohort of fantastic senior women"  - Kate Willsher, University of Cambridge See Kate's full interview here.

  • Tomas Adell

    Department of Health (NI)

    Future Leaders Programme alumnus

    "The WIG Future Leaders Programme was a way for me to develop confidence. I was already very shy, nervous about leading and standing in front of people. This programme helped me understand where I was strong, where I was weak, and helped me take charge of myself and others" - Tomas Adell, Department of Health (NI)  See Tomas's full interview here.

Some of the organisations who have used our programmes include:

  • Private sector: GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Mace Group, BAE Systems plc, VSO International, The Boeing Company, Skanska, Serco Group, CGI, Bain and Company, PwC
  • Public sector: Home Office, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury, GCHQ

Our MOU with the Cabinet Office: WIG is working in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit, delivering cross sector learning which is fundamental to civil service reform.

For an overview of all our leadership programmes see our brochure.

Ready to apply?

We recommend having a exploratory chat with a member of our leadership team who will be able to guide you into the leadership programme most suited to your needs. You can email or call us on 020 7222 1166 and ask to speak to the leadership team. 

If you already know which programme you wish to apply for, find it below. 

Browse our suite of Leadership Programmes

  • Future Leaders Programme
    Who's it for?

    Early career professionals with two to ten years' work experience.

    What will I gain?
    • Learn how to read and influence teams and meetings and how to manage group dynamics
    • Become a more confident presenter and a capable networker
    • Understand what is expected of leaders in different organisations and sectors
    • Learn how to assess your impact on others
    More information?

    Find out more or apply now.

  • Step Up, Step Across (SUSA)
    Who's it for?

    Mid-career professionals (e.g. grade 7-6 in public sector, Heads of departments/Service managers)

    What will you gain?
    • Learn how to raise your own and your team’s performance, and how to contribute to the success of your organisation
    • Resilience to meet management challenges
    • Personalised, practical tools from leading management thinking
    • peer-group network of co-coaches and critical friends
    More information?

    Find out more or apply now.


  • WIG Women's Leadership Programme
    Who's it for?

    Talented mid-career women with potential for top leadership roles

    What will you gain?
    • Forge a network of supportive 'critical friends'
    • Meet a range of inspirational women leaders
    • Understand your leadership style
    • Become confident in your ability to be a leader
    More information?

    Find out more or apply now. 

  • Senior Leaders Programme
    Who's it for?

    C-suite in the private sector, Director General in Civil Service and CEOs in the wider public and third sector. 

    Note: Director General applications from the Civil Service are nominated by the Cabinet Office, get in touch to find out who to contact

    What will you gain?
    • Explore the differences and, just as frequently, the similarities of their experiences and challenges.  

    • A chance to dig deeper, to suspend judgment, to challenge preconceived assumptions and approach things from a fresh perspective 

    • Confidence through sharing the way they each are dealing with a range of critical challenges and demands, often with similar underlying issues 

    • A rare opportunity to work with a broad range of top leaders across both the public and private sectors.  

    More information?

    Find out more or apply now.


  • Exchange Programme

    Who's it for?

    Leaders from across the sectors, that includes Director Generals from the Civil Service, C-suite leaders in the private sector and CEOs in the wider public and third sector. 

    "A refreshing opportunity to think laterally and engage in new ideas. Running the course over a year creates bonds, relationships, understanding and trust amongst the group. The diversity of backgrounds, roles and personalities brought the topics to life." - David Walker, Citi 

    More information?

    Find out more or apply now. 


Women's Leadership Programme, Autumn 2021

  • 8 months
  • Modular
  • Action learning sets
  • Charity visit
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching



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Future Leaders Programme, Autumn 2021

  • 6 months
  • Modular
  • Experience based
  • Charity project
  • Coaching
  • Boost your leadership potential


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Step Up Step Across, Autumn 2021

  • 5 months
  • Modular
  • Blended learning 
  • Organisational inquiry
  • Coaching



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Senior Leaders Programme, Autumn 2021


  • 8 months
  • Modular
  • Action learning set
  • Organisational insight



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Exchange 2022

  • 9 months
  • Modular
  • Delegate led themes
  • Experience based
  • Run in collaboration with the Cabinet Office



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