Step Up Step Across

Step Up Step Across Programme

Learn how to thrive and lead effectively in complex times with this five-month modular programme for ambitious mid-career professionals.

Step Up Step Across (SUSA) is a five-month programme to inspire and develop mid-career leaders working in complex organisations and challenging times.

Each module covers a different aspect of leadership and management theory, supported by experiential learning and practical application.

Participants benefit from working in small groups with talented professionals from other sectors - supported by expert facilitators, leadership coaches and change management educators.

The programme includes an inquiry visit to a sponsoring organisation, helping participants to explore the role, impact and development of outstanding leaders in a real-world setting. 

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Who is it for?

Are you working in a fast-paced, complex environment? Do you want to raise your performance and build your resilience? If so, Step Up Step Across could be for you.

This programme builds leadership capabilities and fosters resilience in those working in complex organisations. 

It’s suited to mid-career professionals ready to take the next step up in their career or take on new challenges.  This includes public sector professionals working at grade 7-6, heads of departments and service managers.

If you think this programme is not right for, why not take a look at our other programmes: Senior Leaders Programme, Future Leaders Programme, Women's Leadership Programme 

How you'll benefit

  • Develop your resilience and leadership capabilities
  • Increase your ability to lead organisational and cultural change
  • Visit organisations for diverse real-world insights, experience and learning
  • Understand how to develop high performing teams in complex organisations
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"This is a very high-quality development programme. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to others - one of the best of my career!"

Ciara Magee

Senior Consultant, PwC

Why we're different: WIG's approach to leadership development

At the heart of all our programmes, WIG’s leadership development framework sets out our values and approach to leadership and learning. Our aim is to encourage and enable the mindsets, actions and behaviours that leaders need in order to successfully navigate the complexities of 21st century leadership.

For nearly 40 years, we’ve been working collaboratively with public, private and not-for-profit organisations, helping leaders to gain cross-sector insight that enriches their personal and organisational performance.  That’s what makes WIG’s leadership development programmes different – a unique focus on cross-sector peer learning brings true diversity of ideas, encourages curiosity, openness and innovation and helps individuals and organisations to find inspiration and fresh ideas from others.

Our programmes complement an organisation’s in-house delivery, bringing fresh perspective from different sectors and expanding high-value professional networks.

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Programme Information


Step Up Step Across is a five-month modular programme, from November 2023 to May 2024. It combines management and leadership theory with practical work to embed learning and refine new skills.

  • Programme introduction
  • Understanding the value of appreciative inquiry
  • Scanning your environment in a complex and volatile global setting
  • Developing self-awareness and personal leadership through psychometric profiling

  • Strengthening our emotional intelligence and adapting our leadership style
  • Developing strategies to increase well-being and resilience
  • Expanding our capabilities of inspiring and motivating people

  • Shaping our leadership approach and authenticity
  • Developing a confidence and growth mindset
  • Turning reflection into action

  • Becoming reflective practitioners who are open to change
  • Adapting leadership for the future of work
  • Agreeing and committing to action

Alongside the learning modules, participants visit host organisations to explore leadership practice in a real-world setting.  Through these visits, participants gain insight and fresh perspectives into management challenges they are facing.

Participants also benefit from a professional mentor to support them on their personal learning journey.

Our facilitators

Dr Jane Gaukroger is a very experienced leadership development consultant who has spent her whole working life in the field of organisational, leadership and people development. She is an EMCC qualified executive coach working with clients at board level and in senior leadership roles from across public and private sectors. 

She holds a doctorate in organisational wisdom and brings a strong focus to enabling leaders to work with their strengths and to expand their use of multiple intelligences to lead in complexity and uncertainty.

Clients have included Defra, the Department of Health, BEIS, the Home Office and she has worked in many different parts of the NHS on leadership development and transformation. She has extensive experience in Higher Education and her private sector clients have included global manufacturer PPG, and technology firms IPC and Indra. She coordinates a multi-sectoral development community interested in cultivating wisdom at work.

Earlier in her career she worked for global consulting firms leading the people development elements of complex transformation programmes. She now specialises in development of wise leadership in the face of global challenges including inequality and climate change.

Julian is a leadership and change management consultant with 25 years’ experience in the private, public and third sectors. He specialises in helping leaders and managers navigate themselves and their people through ever more complex and demanding situations and developing powerful trust-based relationships.

Clients include Shell, Nokia, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Energy Saving Trust, Fight for Peace, Africa Governance Initiative, IPC, Towry, Serco, Towers Watson, Accenture and the World Institute for Nuclear Security.


  • WIG member fee: £5,899 + VAT
  • Non-member fee: £7,669 + VAT

WIG’s leadership development programmes are delivered through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants within a stimulating and collaborative learning environment. Fees include all modules, membership of the WIG Alumni Network and all programme materials. If you are from a not-for-profit and would like to discuss fees please get in contact at [email protected]

Learn more about membership here.


How to apply

For more information and to apply for a place on the Step Up Step Across programme, please get in touch with our leadership team here. Or you can send in an application form straight away.

Application deadline: We inform applicants if they have been successful on our early and final deadline. We advise applying before the early deadline to have the best chance of securing a place. Our application review process ensures that we have a diverse mix of cross sector participants.

Early: 23rd August 2023
Final: 4th October 2023

For Civil Service participants: WIG’s leadership programmes are part of the Government Campus and Civil Service Learning and can be booked using the OTS (Off The Shelf) process via the helpdesk. Get in touch (via 'Register my interest' button below) if you need help or advice. Or use our Civil Service Learning link for further information.

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