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Your Growth through Good Leadership


These workshops are specifically designed for invested companies to develop their leadership capabilities and understanding, develop a growth mindset and engage with others to set their companies up to successfully build and create value. They focus on establishing an understanding of yourself as a leader and the impact you have on your business, the benefits to growth of establishing a clear vision early, along with core values, a high performing culture, strong board and good investor relations to ensure a focus on building value.

The workshops are designed to be informative, engaging, and action orientated, taking a coaching approach, encouraging peer learning, sharing of experiences and the development of trust and understanding, within each cohort which can continue as a strong peer network post programme.

Participants will be encouraged to build a development plan for the series, ideally with input from their board and team, with between 2 and 3 personal and business objectives. To support this they will be encouraged to decide key action points to deploy within their own business, at the end of each workshop to ensure the learning is put into practice in their business.

In addition this programme will incorporate a 1 hour 1-2-1 coaching sessions between each workshop session to support embedding the learning back into the business and delivery of the development plans.

Workshop 1 - 22nd August 2019 9.30am - 5pm

Setting up your Leadership Journey for Success

Leading Vision, Values and Culture


  • Getting to know and understand yourself and your values as a leader
  • Identifying your key strengths and who you need to surround yourself with
  • Developing strategic leadership skills and business confidence
  • Defining your role as a leader
  • Understanding and engaging with your investors
  • Building an effective board
  • An understanding of different styles of leadership, emotional intelligence and the impacts of these
  • Balancing entrepreneurial strengths and ability with leadership skills and abilities
  • How to articulate and bring your Vision and Values to Life
  • Understanding a high performance values based culture

Workshop 2 - 26th September 9.00am - 1.00pm,

Leading Yourself Well


  • Understanding the Challenges to being a leader and how to overcome these.
  • Defining your key purpose and focus as a leader
  • Effectively prioritising and leading yourself
  • Effective delegation and avoiding the monkeys
  • Developing your future role for growth

Workshop 3 - 25th October 9.00am - 1.00pm

Engaging with Others Well


  • Recognising and developing potential
  • Good feedback and difficult conversations
  • Developing listening , questioning and coaching skills
  • Embracing constructive challenge in the boardroom
  • Embedding your values and culture

What the Founders and CEOs Say

“Kirsty pours her passion for leadership development and clear communication into her programmes. There is a great energy and honesty that is fostered in the workshop and I’ve been inspired to communicate more clearly with my team, been challenged on how I lead, and become more focused on what the important tasks are of running a successful organisation.” Colin Hewitt Float

“I found the course, exceptional. As a self-starter, it’s often a lonely isolated place to be and the management style you bring into your business is often a mirror of how I cut my teeth many years ago. I found the course brought me into a new way of thinking and a way that investors in my business and at board level will easily understand. I think it made me feel that I’m armed and equipped to lead a modern vibrant business with new younger people, where before I could find myself almost making it up at points and banging heads with people through frustration.”

“These 2 days have had a dramatic effect on my business leadership approach. I can now develop my leadership style against best practice, where it's been a bit of suck it and see over the years. One word sums it up...Fantastic”

“I found the Gearing for Growth Program stimulating and invaluable. The opportunity to share issues and challenges with peers was both useful and insightful as the sharing often helped me to arrive at solutions on my own without input from the group or the coach. The one-to-one follow ups with Kirsty were also extremely useful as she doesn't give answers - she guides towards finding your own answers which is the way executive coaching should work.

I would thoroughly recommend this program for both new and experienced Executives who want to lead as opposed to manage their organisations.” Angus MacFadyen Pufferfish

“Kirsty Bathgate creates workshops that challenge and motivate CEOs like myself to examine their leadership styles and to look at ways in which we could lead better.

I found the workshops to be a fantastic way to step out of the business, without having to spend too much time away, and to reflect on areas in which I could grow as a leader.

It was useful to have a blend of both group sessions and one to ones. I also found that Kirsty Bathgate created an environment in which both CEOs and non-execs could be open and honest, which was very powerful in the context. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough to those looking to participate in future workshops” Alison Grieve G-Hold

The sessions with Kirsty have been really useful. After each session I have come away with action points to implement, I’ve thought about new things, or I’ve thought about challenges in a new light that has allowed me to solve the problem. Kirsty is great at equipping you with the tools you need to fix your own problems and come to solutions by yourself. I can already see the benefits in my business of working with Kirsty.” Rebecca Pick, Pick Protection

“I’ve found the programme to be extremely valuable for encouraging me to analyse the role that I’m in and most of all, to take practical steps to improve its effectiveness. All delivered at a pace that kept me engaged and multiple layers of content to think about between sessions. Discussing with the cohort generated lots of insights and was very enjoyable too.”

“As for the coaching – this was genuinely revelatory! Kristy’s questioning led me to find solutions where I thought none were possible – a very effective technique and of huge practical help to me”. Catherine Breslin TTO Strathclyde University

Terms and Conditions of Booking

Payment is required at the time of booking

No refunds can be given for cancellations you can however substitute a founding colleague

Minimum numbers per workshop will be required for workshops to go ahead, in the case of a workshop being cancelled due to insufficient numbers you will have the choice of transferring to an alternative date or a full refund.

The information you provide will be collected and processed by Gearing for Growth Ltd (registered with the ICO as a Data Controller) and will only be used in connection with this programme and similar programmes events and legitimate interests related to these. Your data will be stored securely and will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Gearing for Growth'Ltd Privacy Policy. The information you provide will also be shared with LINC Scotland, on the basis of legitimate interest and the venue and out professional advisers on the basis of fulfilling our contract. If you would like further information relating to the processing of your information you may contact us at https://www.gearingforgrowth.com/home/privacy-policy/

If you would prefer not to hear from us about future events and programmes please email kirsty@gearingforgrowth.com to opt out.

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