Helena Clayton | Leadership development
I help leaders and organisations change and grow by providing bespoke programmes based on your needs and wants
Leaders, organisations, development, coaching, facilitating, leadership, learning, collaboration

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My focus is on helping leaders and organisations change and grow. I help leaders focus on what really matters to them – within themselves, in their teams, and across the wider business.

Every project begins by developing a thorough understanding of what each client wants and needs through diagnostic work and fact-finding. This may challenge your thinking – that’s part of my role – but it means we’re able to build a programme that’s exactly what your leaders require.  One that will deliver results, deep learning, new insight as well as inspire passion and trust.

At every stage of a programme, I build in innovative approaches to ensure that change will actually happen, including  action learning, coaching, collaborative projects, experiential activities and experiments. These approaches draw deeply on my clients’ existing knowledge, but are also supported by robust models and frameworks.

And although I’m always practical, I strongly believe that leadership development works best with a sense of playfulness and creativity. I often incorporate unexpected activities to give leaders a new perspective – maybe a photography assignment, working with horses or learning mindfulness.


‘Helena has been an insightful, pragmatic and impactful consultant to work with, delivering great results across our leadership population.’

Clare Kirk, L&D Manager, Sovereign Housing


Below are some examples of leadership development projects and for more please click here.

A senior women’s career acceleration programme, run over a year designed to get more women into Executive roles.  The programme combined leading edge research from world class faculty, ‘origins of behaviour’ coaching in groups and 1:1  fireside chats with Board level executive as well as action research to learn from others who had successfully made the transition.
A year long programme for 100 High Potential Mangers to help them accelerate their careers and get ready for leading in a complex world.  We integrate face to face modules with experiential learning, leadership experiments, peer feedback, coaching groups and mentoring and make great use of their peer support network.
Now in its third year, this 10 month programme for high potential managers goes from strength to strength.  Face to face modules are supported by action learning sets, strategic research projects and coaching.  Participants are regularly promoted because of their increased confidence  and organisational know-how and the strong cross-organisational relationships they have built.
A 3 month Coaching for Modern Leadership programme designed to give people an injection of new thinking to help them prepare for their next challenge.  We begin with a one day Kick-Off event together then the 21 participants work in virtual coaching groups, meeting every two weeks using Zoom.  As well as a chance to learn new leadership content, they use these to support and challenge each other on what they’re putting into practice. 
Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of these case studies and results in more detail, or you would like to explore ways in which leadership development might work for you.

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