Our Leadership Programme

Every year we work with our partners to host our annual Leadership Programme. This is a multi-day non-residential programme where we work with 60 carefully selected young people to develop their leadership ability. Throughout the programme the young adults are taught key skills such as effective communication and networking, hear from world class leaders, be mentored by local and international members of the Powerlist Foundation network and get to know their peers, creating a powerful support network.

What is the Leadership Programme?

The Powerlist Foundation and Deloitte Leadership Programme is a 2½-day intensive series of workshops, seminars, mentoring and networking designed to provide elements and ingredients that go into shaping leadership success. It gives high calibre students a sample of and/or access to the type of resources that enable successful leaders, such as:

  • Tools to raise your self-awareness – Business Chemistry and Leading High Performance Teams. Designed for use in a business context, Business Chemistry is a personality system developed by researchers from the fields of neuro-anthropology and genetics that draws upon the latest biological research and statistical analysis technology. In contrast to many other personality systems, Business Chemistry explicitly focuses on observable, business-relevant characteristics and their implications within a business setting.
  • Others to collaborate with as colleagues/team mates, mentors etc
  • Role models to be inspired by – Students are split into groups of 10 and assigned one mentor and two buddies.
  • You experience speakers throughout the duration of the programme
  • You get the opportunity to meet and talk to representatives from the host company.

Why do we do it? The core objective of the Powerlist Foundation (a UK registered charity) is to help young people up to the age of 25 to advance in life by providing support and resources which assist in developing their skills, capacities, capabilities, talents and achievements to enable them to fully participate in society as independent, mature and world-class professionals.

Read the feedback to our 2015 programme.

Claud Williams, Chief Ambassador’s advice to students who applied for a place on the Powerlist Foundation and Deloitte Leadership Programme is to take their application very seriously because competition for the 60 places has become extremely competitive. Attending the programme – as many can testify – is potentially “a life-changing experience”.

Screening Stage: During the interview candidates needed to provide clear examples of when, where and how you have showcased leadership, in roles in and/or outside of university. This can be in the form of setting up a committee or initiative which has achieved something notable recognition or has changed or improved the lives of others, heading up a project that has given back to the community, seeing a problem or issue at university or somewhere else and coming up with a solution to this which benefits others or changes things positively, running a successful innovative business, coming up with forward-thinking lesson plans or new and effective way of learning for the mentoring of other students, or anything else in this vein. The key word here is: ‘Leadership’ and all examples should reflect this.