Management and Leadership Development

helping you reach your personal and professional potential

The School is committed to supporting the development of all our staff, strengthening and enhancing the supporting services and infrastructure across the School to enable the whole LSE community to thrive and perform at their best, and ensuring we continue to attract the highest quality researchers, educators and professional services staff from around the world.

The LSE Management and Leadership Development offering is designed to support staff at all levels to be effective managers and leaders.

A summary of all the courses available in this strand is available below, but if you have any further questions or comments, please contact us at

Introduction to Management

This course is aimed at those new to management. It will explore the attributes of a good manager, the responsibilities of managers and common pitfalls that face new managers and how to avoid them. As well as focussing on key management tasks – setting objectives, giving feedback, developing teams and managing workloads, it will also signpost participants to other programmes that will support their development.

Learning objectives:

  • Assess the attributes of a good manager
  • Know how to motivate team members
  • Understand how to set and communicate clear objectives to achieve results
  • Deliver effective feedback
  • Understand performance management techniques
  • Develop, build and motivate teams
  • Able to delegate and enable delivery through others

To book this course, please register via the TDS here.


LSE Management Apprenticeship programmes

The Management Apprenticeship programmes are for existing Professional Services Staff who are aspiring, new or established team leaders/supervisors or managers

These programmes have been designed to allow staff to gain practical management skills whilst working in their current role thus bringing together on the job experience, and formal training that will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills for the next steps in their career.

Apprenticeship programmes require individuals to commit to professional development over a 12-15 months period with 20% of their working hours spent on off-the-job training in order to develop new skills and knowledge. The time can be dedicated to a range of things including real process improvement projects that align with the Schools strategy, job shadowing, online learning and the completion of assignments and workbooks.

LSE currently offers to 2 apprenticeship programmes:

  • Level 3 Supervisor Apprenticeship is designed for team leaders and supervisors. Individuals may be established, new or aspiring but must have some supervisory responsibility.
  • Level 5 Operational Manager Apprenticeship is designed for managers leading operations or departments. Individuals may be established, new or aspiring but must have this level of management responsibility or work regularly with others in project teams.

Further information about the apprenticeship programmes and instructions on how to apply can be found on the dedicated Management Apprenticeship Programmes webpage.


Aurora is delivered by Advanced HE and seeks to support those who identify as women, up to senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent, to fulfil their leadership potential through thought provoking activities, collaborative problem solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences. 

HR Organisational Learning annually sponsor places on the Aurora programme. For more information about the programme and upcoming dates, please visit the Aurora webpage.

Please click here for a copy of the programme details. If you would like to apply for this programme, please submit the application form by 5pm, Friday 09 December 2022

South East Action Learning (SEAL) programme

The South East Action Learning programme is for women working in Higher Education who are associated with AURORA, or with other development initiatives for women leaders. It using action learning to support women to find their voice, to be ambitious in progressing your career and to use the wisdom of others to find your own.

This cross-institutional programmes runs March to July each year and facilitates confidential peer-to-peer support while enabling sector wide networking. For more information about the programme visit South East Action Learning.  


Elevate is a group coaching development programme designed specifically for LSE, to support individuals identifying as women in professional services and research staff roles in bands 4-6 to identify and pursue their career goals and ambitions.

 Elevate aims to connect the individual with the parts of themselves that make them a unique asset to the London School of Economics, as well as how their work aids and supports the life they want to be living. They will leave inspired, motivated and confident to pursue their career ambitions and goals and shed any limiting beliefs that are holding them back.

Please click here for a copy of the programme details and application form. If you would like to apply for this programme, please submit the application form by 5pm, Friday 09 December 2022

LSE Manager

The LSE Manager is designed to support Professional Services Staff (PSS) to be as effective as possible in the people management part of their role.  The programme is designed for all new PSS people managers who have either:

  • been promoted into a people management role at LSE for the first time (within the last six months) or
  • been appointed externally to the School to a people management role (within the last six months)

This is a 9-12 month guided and blended development programme which includes a number of core elements designed to support individuals in developing themselves into their management role. Delivery is through a combination of lunch time workshops, personal reading, online modules and suggested training courses.

Further information about the programme and instructions on how to apply can be found on the LSE Manager webpage.

Introduction to Leadership (ITL)

The LSE Introduction to Leadership Programme is for professional services staff in management roles at bands 7 & 8 who may aspire to be senior managers and leaders of the future.  The programme has been designed to help these staff collectively lead and deliver the Schools emerging strategy over the next few years. 

The programme has a number of core elements which are designed to support individuals in the development of their management and leadership skills and requires a commitment of 10 days spread over an 11 month period.

Please click here for a copy of the programme brochure. If you would like to apply for this programme, please submit the application form by 5pm, Friday 09 December 2022

Watch the ITL Class of 2020 (Group A) share their programme learning. 

Leadership Development Programme

The LSE Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is for academic colleagues who are to become Head of Department or who may aspire to have a career in Academic leadership, and professional services staff in senior roles at band 9 and 10. The programme has been designed to help these staff collectively lead and deliver the School's future during a time of change.

The LDP covers key leadership practices that are essential to lead and deliver the School’s strategy. It is delivered through a combination of workshops, individual executive coaching and bespoke support. The programme covers:

  • Exploring the role of a leader at LSE
  • Influencing others as a leader
  • Collaborative working
  • Managing yourself and your time effectively
  • Managing performance effectively
  • Leading people through change
  • Developing strategic thinking

Dates for next cohort 2022-23 will be confirmed in due course.

If you would like any further information about this programme please contact Jacinta Stevens,Head of Organisational Learning