Leadership resources

Information and resources

As we run our Developing Deaf and Disabled Leaders for the Future Programme, we are collecting up useful leadership resources to share across the DDPO Sector:

Leadership Courses

Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. New Chief Executives Programme

This five-day training programme takes place over three month’s to suit the busy schedules of new chief executives. Led by James Barrett, with a team of our consultants and guest speakers from the sector, it is designed to invest new chief executives with high-level strategic expertise and awareness of their personal impact. Cost £1745

Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Aspiring Chief Executives Programme

This intensive five-day training course takes place over three months and is designed to empower nonprofit leaders who want to become chief executives.
Cost £1745

Open Learn. Developing Leadership Practice in the Voluntary Sector

This is a free course. It provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. It takes about 15 hours to complete, spread over 5 weeks.

Open Learn. Collaborative Leadership

This is a free course. It takes about 24 hours to complete, spread over 8 weeks. It explains the context and need for collaborative approaches and its approach to managing power dynamics, and helps you experiment with a range of practices of collaborative leadership.

Sheila McKechnie Foundation. Influencing Change London Programme

Influencing Change is the foundation’s flagship five-day training programme (spread over three months) for those looking to take their campaigning skills to the next level. Participants begin with a deep immersion in how social change is happening today, looking at key drivers and emerging trends. It then covers how to design and activate a campaign, from planning to final evaluation. You’ll leave with new knowledge and tools, and the confidence and networks to help you make the change you seek. Cost £0-£950 sliding scale dependant on size of organisation (individuals can also apply)

Leadership Workshops

CASS Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Outstanding Leadership Breakfast Workshops

This seminar series is aimed at chairs, trustees, chief executives and senior leaders who have an interest in developing their leadership ability within their organisation. Each session runs from 8.00-10.30 and includes the session itself, a networking breakfast and an opportunity for an individual coaching session with a Cass CCE coach.

The cost for the whole series is £575.

Leadership Guidance and Support


Offer a range of training, guidance papers, toolkits, publications, consultancy support re: leadership development, and peer support networks. Some  guidance is free but mostly reliant on joining as a member. Cost of membership is on a sliding scale dependant on size of organisation but minimum £200


Leadership Research and Publications

Lived Experience Leadership:


Human Centred / User-centred Service Design Toolkits

Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation. It aims to bring together the needs of people, the possibilities for solutions that are economically or practically viable, and what is needed for business success.

It can be used to transform the way organisations develop services, strategy, systems and processes, as well as products. You don’t have to be trained in design to use this approach. It is about using creative tools to address challenges.

We have been using human centred design approaches within our leadership programme at Inclusion London, to design and improve the programme itself. In addition our leaders are learning how to use design thinking to lead change within their organisations.

Here are some resources to help you understand and use design thinking approaches:

Design Kit

You can download a field guide to human centred design- a step by step guide to solving problems like a designer. There are also detailed descriptions of methods on the site with explanations of resources needed, time they will take and detailed delivery plans. You can read case studies to find out about design thinking in action

Design Thinking Bootleg

You can download a set of tools and methods for design, with tangible examples of how you can take action

Design Thinking for Educators


This site was built for educators, but it has an easy to use toolkit with methods that can be easily adapted for use in other settings.

Design Sprint Kit

Tools and guides for running “design sprints” for solving problems through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas with users.

IDEO Design Thinking

This site introduces design thinking and steps and tools for mastering it

Rethinking services toolkit

This is a great toolkit that explains why user centred service design is essential, and how to go about it. It includes practical examples of what you can do and links to other resources

Service Design Tools

This website includes simple guides and tutorials on meeting design challenges, and a library of tools and templates