RIBA's new three-part structured Future Leaders programme proves popular

Future Leaders programme proves popular

The Future Leaders programme for 2017 has developed into three structured training events.

The first of the RIBA’s new look Future Leaders training days takes place next month with the 'Learning to Lead' event marking the start of the structured approach now being applied to skills training for ambitious young architects looking to step up in practice.

The stand-alone one-day events of past years have graduated into a more ambitious three-step programme dedicated to ‘Future’, ‘Engage’ and ‘Deliver’. 'Learning to Lead' will be followed by a programme on communication and presentation skills, and business and innovation scheduled for the months ahead.

‘Leadership has been on our mind in the RIBA Practice department, as we continue to build on the success of the annual Future Leaders series and develop it from three individual thematic seminars to a more comprehensive offering for early career professionals,’ says Helen Castle, Head of Professional Programmes.

Delivered by experienced senior practitioners, industry specialists and thought-leaders, the programme provides applied rather than generic leadership training.

There is an emphasis on delegates acquiring key soft skills – such as communication, engagement, team leading, strategic thinking and negotiation – as well as learning from the invaluable know-how of some of the UK’s leading architects.

The best advocates for the Future Leaders programme are the young architects who have attended past events.

Kiran Sharma, architect at NORR, says the programme was a significant catalyst both for professional development and industry engagement.

‘The Future Leader’s programme is a great vehicle for enabling participation and has opened up opportunities for me to engage with the RIBA and develop my own professional profile. The programme hones in on both the soft and hard skills required in the professional environment, it has motivated me to build on my leadership qualities and empowered me to push for more in the workplace,’ she says.

‘The programme has been a fantastic stepping stone that has introduced me to a number of other RIBA initiatives. I have since volunteered to be a part of the expert advisory Large Practice Group, and as a practice we are now involved in the Ambassadors programme and the Part 1 student mentoring scheme.’

‘This has also encouraged my colleagues, who were keen to engage with the profession outside of the practice and has led to collaborative discussions within the studio.’

Every delegate to Future Leaders is given the opportunity to strengthen and share outcomes with a log folder and ‘Back in Practice Tool Box’ of useful resources and guidance.

Forthcoming training events at the RIBA, with bookings open now, are:

  • Learning to Lead – 7 March – Why is the development of a leadership mindset key to progression in practice? How might you learn to lead by shifting your thinking and stepping up your skills? (Sold out)
  • Coming to the Fore – 16 May – Good communication marks out leaders from their peers. Learn how to hone your communication and presentation skills and build your personal profile.
  • Business & Innovation – 11 July – Leadership requires full engagement with new business opportunities and processes. Find out how the continual reviewing and improving of processes can lead to incremental gains and tactical innovation to strategic breakthroughs.

Thanks to Kiran Sharma, architect, NORR UK.

Text by Neal Morris, © RIBA.

Posted on Thursday 16th February 2017