Leadership Skills for Governance Professionals


Leadership is a 360-degree activity that takes place across geographic, generational and gender boundaries, and involves a complex web of stakeholders. This course is designed to explore what leadership means to company secretaries and governance professionals, to help them recognise their preferred leadership styles and strengths and to equip them with the skills they need in leading their colleagues in the boardroom, in the secretariat and beyond.

This course is for company secretaries, governance professionals, deputy and/or assistant company secretaries wanting to build on their strengths and take their careers to the next level. 

Key benefits of attending

  • An opportunity to identify the relationship between management and leadership, and develop your understanding of when – and how – you can take the lead
  • Greater insight into your strengths as a leader and an understanding of how to build a high performance team.
  • The chance to consider your preferred leadership style and build a personal development plan for strengthening your effectiveness
  • 6 hours of CPD
  • Six months’ free affiliate membership of ICSA on attending this course. This gives you opportunities to extend your learning through regular briefings and the knowledge base, benefit from exclusive discounts on further training and publications and extend your network. Discover more.


You can see the content that is covered on each day below. For further details please download the course programme here.

08.45 Registration and refreshments
09.00 Introductions
09.30 The changing leadership environment
10.45 Morning break
11.00 Governance professionals as leaders
12.45 Lunch
13.15 Recognising and applying your leadership strengths
14.45 Afternoon break
15.00 Your leadership styles
15.45 Your personal brand
16.30 Next steps
17.00 Close

Programme highlights

  • Leading in the 21st century
  • The company secretary and governance professional as leader
  • Situational leadership
  • Your leadership development agenda

Programme Director

Anna Bateson


Anna is an experienced business facilitator, who leads workshops designed to inspire participants to address their real business challenges.

More about Anna Bateson


“Really useful and thought-provoking course. Gives you things you can take away and work on.”Assistant Company Secretary, insurance company
“Anna is a fantastic guide through the maze of inspiring leadership.”Femi Sobo-Allen, Company Secretary, TD Direct Investing
“The day was both interesting and enlightening.”Joanna Harkus, Company Secretary, Arle Capital Partners

Upcoming dates





Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St


£700 + VAT (Non-members)
£560 + VAT (ICSA members)
£360 + VAT (ICSA students)

This course is part of the Governance Leadership Programme, which also includes:

Strategic Skills for Governance Professionals

Influencing Skills for Governance Professionals

Book all three courses and save 25% on the total fee. To take advantage of this offer, contact us.

Next steps and contact

Take a look through the course options and book your place using the links opposite. If you’re not sure which course is most suitable for you, our training team will be happy to help.

To find out more, call 020 7612 7034 or contact us

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