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Participants will be helped to develop a more grounded and realistic perspective on the practice of leadership, its significance, and its limits. Focus will be brought to bear on how participants can enhance their leadership skill and expertise through every-day practice. 


Participants will learn a set of practical, implementable leadership behaviours and activities that they can deploy to enhance their effectiveness, impact and performance. Specific attention will be focused on feedback as a key vehicle for personal and organisational learning. 

Change is essential for organisations to grow and adapt to today's rapidly shifting marketplace, yet people and organisations are naturally resistant to change. This session looks at the concept of leadership coaching as a critical tool for organisational change. Specifically, participants will be introduced to the GROW model and to the importance of developing coaching conversational skills to enhance performance and motivation. 

In advance of this three-day short course, participants will be required to read a number of articles and cases to enhance interaction and group learning in the course. Cases are descriptions of leadership situations that will be used to develop a participant's insight about alternatives to their leadership approach. 

Meet the Faculty

Our dedicated team of faculty are widely recognised as skilled educators, ground-breaking researchers and accomplished authors. Through publishing, consulting and teaching they leverage their business expertise and field-based research to deliver programmes, encourage participants to develop new ways of thinking, widen their perspectives and to understand their own challenges and capabilities. The faculty present topics in a range of engaging methods such as ‘action learning’ projects, case studies, role plays, individual assessment and one-on- one coaching, so as to deliver a unique and lasting learning experience.



Patrick is Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management at UCD School of Business and Academic Director, UCD Executive Education. Before entering academia, he worked in a number of financial analysis, corporate strategy and senior HR roles with KPMG, Jefferson Smurfit Group, The Investment Bank of Ireland and An Post. His research, teaching and consulting interests include strategy development and execution, managing change, organisation development, organisational change and leadership development, with clients in the US, Asia and Europe including DuPont, BOC Gases, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd and Keppel Group (Singapore). He has presented papers at numerous research conferences and is widely published in leading journals. He also held the position of UCD Vice-President of Staff and Administrative Systems.

Séamas is Full Professor of Organisation, Technology & Society at UCD College of Business and former Director of the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO). He holds a PhD in Management/Organisation Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor’s degree (Hons, 1st class) in Electrical Engineering & Microelectronics from UCC. He also holds a Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching from UCD, and is a practicing executive coach. Séamas’ research interests are broadly concerned with the relationship between knowledge, technology, and social organisation. Key themes include the management of organisational change and its politics; leadership and coaching cultures; psychosocial aspects of organisation - the role of affectivity and embodiment in processes of knowing, organising, and relating.



Colm founded Dynamic Leadership Development after over ten years global experience in leadership and executive development within the I.T. and Professional Services sectors. As a coach and trainer, Colm is passionate about assisting leaders and their teams to achieve meaningful behaviour changes that drive business results through focused and engaging coaching and training interventions. He uses recognised psychological frameworks in helping clients obtain long lasting changes. He is a member of UCD Smurfit School associate faculty for the suite of coaching diploma programmes. Colm has Postgraduate Diplomas in both Executive Coaching and Coaching Psychology as well as in Training & Development. He is a certified Myers Briggs, Birkman Method and NLP facilitator. He also has a BComm and MAcc and was a qualified chartered accountant for a number of years. Colm is a member of EMCC.

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