Our practical and inspirational leadership development programmes are focused on the heart of leadership, developing the desire and skills to bring out the best in others and mobilize them to excel.
Our area of speciality is equipping first line and future leaders to effectively transition some of the most challenging turns in the leadership pipeline while providing their immediate leaders with the knowledge and skills to support their learning and growth.
Amongst our facilitators and consultants, we have accredited coaches who can complement group learning with individual coaching for an integrated approach to learning. This is merely one of the ways that we can turn any leadership development journey into a blended one.
Our Leadership Development Programmes
Leaders of Leaders
Coach 2 Excel:
Equips managers with the tools and techniques required to effectively coach on the job
A commitment to the development of the potential of all staff.
Awareness of everyday formal and informal opportunities in which to use coaching as a tool to develop skills and improve performance.
Increased skills to relate to and build a positive relationship with diverse staff.
Greater commitment to using existing performance measurement instruments fully as a development tool.
Improved listening and feedback skills.
Target Group: Leaders of others and leaders of leaders.
Conscious Inclusion for Leaders:
Takes the learnings from Beyond Unconscious Bias to the next level by equipping leaders with the knowledge and skills to actively contribute towards creating a culture of inclusion.
A commitment to creating a culture of inclusion
The courage to speak up and challenge the status quo in your sphere of control and influence
The insight to create opportunities for your team to connect informally and create shared experiences
Shaping a safe container for authentic conversations in your team
The knowledge and skills to involve wider and deeper
The ability to identify and mitigate bias in your people practices.
Target Group: Leaders of Leaders
A virtual learning journey that equips leaders with the mindset, skillset, and toolset to respond to the challenges of remote work, navigate the virtual landscape with greater effectiveness and enhance team performance.
Leaders of Teams
A transformational blended learning journey for first-line leaders and those earmarked for leadership roles. Changing behaviour is a process, not a once-off occurrence. Our learning approach is therefore staggered and blended, combining face-to-face training with 180 degrees feedback, practical assignments, interactive coaching circles, buddy coaching and management support.
Growth in competence, confidence and commitment.
Knowledge, skills and mindset to work effectively with others and to motivate and develop them.
Increase in a personal commitment to the organisation and its goals
Increased meaning and pride and enthusiasm in their roles.
Nurtures leadership talent.
Target Group: Team leaders, Supervisors and Junior Managers. Different versions for different levels.
A comprehensive, industry-specific, blended learning journey for supervisors. As the vital link between management goals and execution, first-line leaders need the knowledge and skills to align their team’s efforts with the organisation’s goals and values and create a work environment in which employees are committed, feel pride and take ownership. It is no wonder that many first-line leaders underperform and fall short of realising their leadership potential.
First-line leadership training is a valuable tool to help people master the basics of management. SCORE! takes the development of first-line leaders a few steps further by also focusing on the internal and value shifts required to achieve results through others.
Understanding their roles in maximising their team and the organisation’s performance
Increased self-awareness and a growth in confidence
Enhanced ownership, optimism and resilience
Ability to run structured and effective team meetings
Skills to build productive working relationships through increased respect, understanding, trust and appreciation
Knowledge and skills to communicate more effectively
Understanding assertiveness and how to apply the DISK recipe in various situations
Understanding employee engagement
Learning how to inspire your team and bring meaning to their work
Knowledge and skills to observe, assess and coach your team to fulfil their potential.
Target Group: Supervisors
Accelerated Development Programme for women
Women have as much potential as men. However, high-potential women commonly progress into first-line leadership positions in most organisations before getting ‘stuck’ there. This results in a lack of gender diversity at senior leadership and decision-making levels. The accelerated development of women, therefore, becomes critical for organisations that realise the untapped potential of half their workforce and want to challenge the status quo.
A step-by-step journey that translates potential into performance by building the mindsets and skillsets of women in first-line leader roles and those identified as future leaders. An important and unique part of the EmpowHER! journey is the active involvement and development of their direct leaders through a different, parallel growth journey.
Understanding your self-awareness and self-esteem and their importance in their growth and development
Taking ownership of life, work and career
Staying positive and motivated through the tough times
Identifying career goals and action plans to achieve them
Learning to overcome obstacles
Gaining clarity on personal purpose and values
Shaping a personal brand
Spotlighting your strengths
Understanding the difference between assertive, aggressive and submissive behaviour
Adding value with our Women’s Career Enabler Survey
Many women still face barriers on their first climb up the leadership ladder. A crucial first step in addressing this challenge and accelerating women’s development is to uncover the barriers and enablers to women’s advancement.
Underpinning EmpowHER is our Women’s Career Enabler Survey. Based on extensive research on the topic, this tool provides organisations with a comprehensive and accurate reflection of the career aspirations and challenges of women at the leading self and leading others levels. It further identifies the personal, interpersonal and organisational factors as well as cultural, family and household factors that hinder and enable their progress.
The ease of use and quality of the reports are exceptional and the advanced, drill-down analytics dashboards allow for filtering, comparison and analysis of results across business units and demographics.
A customised accelerated development blended learning programme for millennial leaders. This programme goes beyond traditional leadership development programmes by placing a particular focus on strengthening the underpinning personal and interpersonal qualities and skills required for people-centred leadership. It enables young leaders to be more successful in their first leadership role and derive greater meaning from their work.
Ignite! strengthens and develops:
Personal Competence (including self-awareness, self-esteem, optimism, resilience, internal motivation and emotional control)
A compelling vision for Leadership, connected to their personal purpose
A deep understanding of the value and purpose of work
Insight into their organisation’s journey: the purpose, the bigger picture and the plan to achieve success
A strong emotional connection and commitment to the organisation
The ability to inspire, recognise and engage the people they lead
Interpersonal competence, with a focus on trust, respect and understanding
The ability to express themselves with confidence
Skills to communicate for clarity, impact and inclusion
Competence to coach and develop others
Know-how to assert themselves and handle conflict effectively
Our Team of Coaches
Free To Grow’s coaches are highly qualified and/or highly experienced and specialise in different areas from Executive Coaching to Coaching for individuals and teams.
Jo is an established strategic HR Executive Professional with more than 29 years of experience across industry sectors.
Jo has a deep passion for improving leadership and corporate efficiency is backed by a Master of Philosophy in Management Coaching (USB) – amongst other qualifications – and a wealth of experience.
Jo is a registered organisational psychologist certified Executive and Team Coach with Results Coaching Systems and Shift-IT Visual Coach.
Jo’s passionate about helping people think, learn and grow. Her 25 years of experience in Organisational Psychology and HR Management across industries has developed her skills in Organisational Development, Leadership, Coaching, Team Process Work, Neuroscience, Visual Intelligence and Inclusion.
Sean qualified as a coach through the Results Coaching process, which focuses on the neuroscience systems of performance and behavioural change. He is also a skilled professional having worked for more than 20 years across several industries and at a senior management level.
Sean has a deep desire to see people (especially leaders) change what they do and how they think.
Senomi de Villiers
Senomi has a wealth of experience in leadership and coaching and is a Narrative Coach Enhanced practitioner.
The development of people is part of Senomi’s purpose in life. She found a home in Narrative Coaching and use the mindful, experiential and holistic approach that helps people shift their stories about themselves, others, and life itself to create new possibilities and new results.
Alinda is the founder and Chairperson of Free To Grow and has more than 30 years of experience in the design, development and facilitation of learning. Her work has taken her across Africa to Asia and the Middle East, where she has been personally involved in designing large-scale organisation-wide Culture Change and Engagement projects. Alinda’s passion for people, empathy and authenticity enable her to connect and build rapport with people across cultures and job levels, making her an outstanding coach in the fields of learning design, communication and employee engagement.
Elzaan has 20 years of experience in developing people within a business. Her combination of business and people development skills gives her a unique understanding of what teams and leaders need to shift their realities.
She is passionate about maximizing the potential in individuals and helping them re-frame their stories to approach their work, life and relationships in a new way to achieve better results. She believes in the power of continuous growth and has a Post-Grad Qualification in Innovative Leadership.