Stonewall's Leadership Approach 


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“…This programme has really shed light on what I can do to be a better leader in a way that no other leadership conference has…”


Each piece of work developed by Stonewall Leadership is informed by some common starting points. From our experience of working directly with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans leaders on our open programmes and in-house client work, our way of working has developed to be flexible and responsive to client needs while remaining consistent in quality and outcomes.

Beliefs underpinning our approach

1. Individuals make change happen – Stonewall Leadership encourages their development

2. Authentic leaders perform better and enable better performance from others

3. Leaders need to keep learning

4. Workplaces that are inclusive of sexual orientation have better leaders and better performance

5. No one organisation or leader is exactly the same as another


Features of how we work

1. Action orientated – all work emphasises the role of the individual in achieving change. We get leaders to articulate what they are going to do differently and how

2. Pragmatism – we apply current theoretical models and Stonewall research to leaders’ real organisational and individual situations

3. On-going learning – all work uses reflective practice techniques to get leaders to direct their own learning and development

4. Context – we raise awareness of the systems that leaders are working in, and the implications this has for their performance

5. Customised – every in-house client programme involves taking a detailed brief and designing an approach to meet specific and measurable objectives