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Talks and lectures

Future Leaders 2019: Developing a Leadership Mindset

Why is leadership important? How does understanding yourself as a leader impact on your behaviour, and how others see you? How can empathy drive great relationships and the ability to influence without authority?

Future Leaders is a three-part programme, consisting of three individual half-day events at two-month intervals. It provides early career professionals with a comprehensive introduction to leadership through industry specific training. Sessions on key soft skills are delivered by experienced coaches, communications experts and thought leaders, while delegates also benefit from the invaluable applied knowledge and experience of some of the UK’s leading industry figures.

RIBA Future Leaders: Developing a Leadership Mindset – 28 March 2019

Future Leaders 2019 launches with a dedicated session on developing a leadership mindset. To be effective as leaders, it is necessary to start with our self-perception and self-awareness. Why is leadership important? How does understanding yourself as a leader impact on your behaviour, and how others see you? Are common (mis)conceptions about what it takes to be a leader realistic? How can empathy drive great relationships and the ability to influence without authority? Finally, what values drive you and for what purpose would you lead?

Gordon Mackenzie of Performance First is a highly regarded leadership and team specialist and Executive Coach. He has extensive experience of developing the leadership skills of young architects moving up the career ladder. He will introduce a theoretical framework for leadership and deliver interactive sessions designed to challenge your thinking about your role as leaders, understand how to motivate teams and manage performance, and get you thinking about leading change over the three days of the series. We are delighted to welcome highly regarded architects from leading UK practices who will share their personal and professional experience of leadership.


  • Developing a leadership mindset (Gordon Mackenzie, Performance First)
  • Learning to lead (Kirsten Lees, Grimshaw)
  • Leading blind (interactive exercise)
  • Connecting well with clients (Teresa Borsuk, Pollard Thomas Edwards)
  • Understanding and applying leadership styles (Gordon Mackenzie, Performance First)
  • Leading for what purpose? (Geoff Rich, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios)

Speakers and coaches:

  • Leadership Coach: Gordon Mackenzie, Founding Director, Performance First
  • Kirsten Lees, Managing Director, Grimshaw
  • Teresa Borsuk, Senior Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Topics, skills and learning outcomes covered include:

  • What it means to lead
  • How to nurture a leadership mindset
  • Awareness of your own personality type and how to adapt your leadership style accordingly
  • Emotional intelligence and understanding of how our behaviour impacts on others
  • Situational leadership


13:30 Registration
14:00 Event starts
18:15 Event closes

This event is RIBA CPD Approved. It is worth 3.5 hours of structured CPD.

Speed Mentoring Evening

18:00-20:30 The Forum in 76 Portland Place

Following the afternoon programme, a speed mentoring event will be held in the Forum in 76 Portland Place. This year it will be open to all attendees of Future Leaders.

18:15 – 19:00 Free drinks and networking
19:00 – 19:05 Welcome
19:05 – 19:50 3 x mentoring sessions
19:50 – 20:30 Free drinks and networking

Registrations for the speed mentoring will open from 28 February. Delegates will also be notified by email once registrations go live. Places are limited so early registration is encouraged.

Save the dates

Future Leaders II – Leading Teams - 16 May
Future Leaders III – Leading Change on 18 July

Ticket prices

Tickets for the Future Leaders events can either be booked as single one-off events for 28 March, 16 May and 18 July, or as a block booking at a 30% discount if you book all three dates by 18 March 2019. Member block booking rates have been reduced by over 10% from last year.

Member single ticket: £100
Member block booking: £200
Non-member single ticket: £180
Non-member block booking: £360

Please email should you have any questions about the programme or tickets.

Join now to get the member rate

RIBA Members receive up to a 50% discount off the cost of our professional events including Future Leaders and Guerrilla Tactics. To take advantage of this discount as well as the other RIBA Membership Benefits, join online here. For membership enquiries please email

Please note, this event will be photographed.*

*The photos from the event will be included in a delegate resource pack and will also be used in the promotion of future events and by the RIBA for communications purposes. Should you wish not to be photographed, please notify staff on the day of the event at the registration desk and we will observe your request.

This event is kindly sponsored by Total Synergy.

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