Renfrewshire Council

Management development programme (Lead to Succeed)

The leadership development programmes offer 3 levels to support our current and aspiring managers to develop leadership and business skills at every stage of your career.

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Who the programmes are for

The management development programmes are for current, aspiring, and senior managers to develop leadership, business skills, and the essential skills to support you in your role.

There are relevant programmes for managers at different stages of their career:

How the programmes work


The programmes take a blended format which includes a combination of trainer-led online interactive Workshops, interactive e-learning, self-study, groupwork activities, and assessment(s).

Each level of the programme is a combination of:

  • trainer-led online mandatory Workshops (minimum of 90% attendance is required)
  • interactive e-learning
  • self-study
  • group work activities.


Workshops usually take place on a fortnightly basis during term time. The Workshops last 2 hours each and usually run from 10am - 12pm on Microsoft Teams. By taking part in the programme, you're committing to arriving, and attending all the workshops for the entire duration of each Workshop. Please ensure that you have blocked out the time in your diary, and do not arrange other appointments or book leave during the Workshop dates. If your attendance levels fall below the permitted level you may be removed from the programme. 

The Workshops are participative and interactive, and you'll be asked to share your observations from the mandatory iLearn modules pre-work at the session (which you must complete in advance) as well as your ideas and experiences. If you do not fully complete the iLearn modules, you may be removed from the programme. Depending on the programme you're undertaking, you may also have some groupwork activities to complete outside of the Workshops.


The assessment requirements differ based on the programme you're undertaking:

  • Inspire programme - 1 written assessment of approximately 2,000 words
  • Influence programme - 2 written assessments, each approximately 2,000-2,500 words
  • Impact programme - 3 written assessments, each approximately 4,000-5,000 words.

You must complete these assessments in your own time and submit them to your Programme Leader on the date given. Extensions aren't guaranteed and will only be considered in exceptional circumstances - part of a manager's role is to be able to time manage, so being busy is not an acceptable reason for an extension request.

You'll have the opportunity to submit drafts of your assessments(s) to your Programme Leader for comments/feedback before the final submission due date if you submit your draft on time.


For each taught unit, you're required to complete a pre-evaluation and post-evaluation questionnaire on your knowledge of the topic, which you must complete by the deadline given so that we can measure what learning has taken place.

You and your manager are also required to complete an evaluation questionnaire 3 months after the programme certification to assess the impact of taking part in the programme.

Equipment requirements

You'll need access to a computer/laptop with a working microphone and speakers. You'll also need a working video camera to allow you to fully take part in the programme. We use MS Teams for delivery and host programme resources on iLearn, our e-learning platform. You must have your camera switched on for the duration of the Workshops. Please ensure that your internet connection has the bandwidth to have your camera switched on throughout and that you won't be interrupted.

What you'll get out of the programmes

Successful completion of the assessment(s) results in a qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

You'll get formal recognition of your learning with a recognised qualification if you complete the necessary work and pass the assessments within the timeframe of each programme level.

How to apply for a programme

To apply for a programme, complete the Lead to Succeed application form carefully and fully. This will help us make sure that you're on the correct level of the programme and that we have enough information to consider your application.

Applying does not guarantee a place on a programme or a specific level of the programme applied for. All places on programmes are subject to budget authorisation from the budget holder.

If you have any questions about the Lead to Succeed programmes, contact the Organisational Development team at

Lead to Succeed programme policies

The policies apply prior to commencing on a programme, during a programme, and after a programme. You can find them in the dedicated Lead to Succeed Centre Policies area on iLearn.

If you are unable to access these policies through iLearn, please contact the mailbox.