As our careers develop and progress, it’s almost inevitable that we will take on a role involving more leadership. It comes as a reward for our hard work, but one that also requires a big shift in our responsibilities and required skills: without the right preparation, it can be a challenging transition.

Getting it right can be difficult, but appropriate training offers an important advantage, and the risks associated with ineffective leadership can be critical. Numerous studies and surveys suggest that poor management is a primary contributor to low productivity and employee disengagement, with one piece of research estimating that weak leadership can account for anywhere from 9% to 32% of a company’s voluntary turnover.

At The School of Life our focus on Emotional Intelligence allows us to get to the psychological core of what authentic, effective management requires. Leadership tends to amplify our weaknesses as well as our strengths, which is why our approach takes a thorough look at the emotional roots of our behaviour to help make sense of how we behave. Without an authentic leadership style, we run the risk of losing touch with what made us great at our work, and of alienating those we manage by adopting a leadership style based on our past experiences of authority rather than our own true personality.

In this workshop we will:

- Reflect on what distinguishes a great leader from a merely capable one.

- Explore how our personal histories have shaped our assumptions.

- Consider our strengths and blind spots and how they are likely to affect others on our team.

- Address key leadership challenges from the need to create a compelling vision to empowering others to do their best work. 


9.15am        Arrival, tea, coffee and pastries, meet and greet
9.30am        Part 1 commences
10.30am      Break (times vary) 
10.45am      Part 2 commences 
11.45am      Workshop concludes, reflections & questions
12.00am      Farewell


‘There was a real focus on how to get the most out of feedback and about thinking ahead to get to a goal’ Participant, 2019

‘I learned to take the initiative and realise that my input is important and valued’ Participant, 2019

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'Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.'

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Sophi Bruce is a learning designer, facilitator, coach and social researcher. She joined TSOL Sydney as a core faculty member in 2015 and teaches across the public and business curriculums.  Sophi currently holds senior roles with the University of Technology Sydney and Adaptive Leadership Australia working with a range of people and contexts that focus on thinking differently, leadership impact and adapting to change.  She has enjoyed a varied life and career across two sides of the globe and has a First Class Honours degree and Masters in Communication. Sophi is inspired by the wisdom and progress that comes from purposeful and stimulating interactions.  She teaches ethics to primary school children, sings in a local community choir and has a penchant for travel and music festivals.  She has authored a range of research reports on leadership, social impact and digital futures and regularly contributes to articles and forums on resilience, self-care and purpose.  She remains proud of her teenage-self coming first in a short story competition judged by Roald Dahl.

About Business Workshops

Many of the most pressing problems of the modern workplace have to do with shortfalls in emotional intelligence – rather than with deficiencies in technical or ‘hard’ skills. Bringing together the expertise of entrepreneurs, psychologists, thought leaders and CEOs – and drawing upon The School of Life’s unique expertise in cultivating emotional intelligence – our Professional Workshops will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to thrive in the modern workplace. They also provide the opportunity for informal networking with other business professionals.

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When and where:
  • Fri 4 Oct 2019 9.15am – 12pm
    Spaces: Ground Floor/111 Flinders St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Full price: $175
Concession: $140
+ booking fee

Please note our Public Business Classes have a strict limit of 3 participants from one organisation. If you have a larger group that you would like to experience our 20 Emotional Skills to help business thrive, please contact our business team.

Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current Student Cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date. If you require a refund please contact us as per below.

Need More Help?

Email: sydney@theschooloflife.com.au