Digital Leadership Ltd

Digital Leadership Forum

Digital Leadership Forum 2019

Leadership in a digital age

Personal & career development for people leading digital in the non-profit sector

when & where

8-9 May 2019, The Artworks London Bridge, London


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It’s only with confident digital leaders that organisations will be able to navigate through change in the digital age. What makes a digital leader confident is a set of skills, abilities and frameworks they can use to support and work with their colleagues at every level in an organisation.

who is it for?

A digital leader is anyone in the organisation who is leading some aspect of digital change - from digital managers, heads and directors of Digital to senior leaders, communications, fundraising and IT directors, service delivery leads or data and supporter care leads. Previous years’ participants were included digital leads from following organisations: Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Wood Green - the animals charity, Raising IT, Barnardo’s, Care2, CAFOD, Canal and River Trust, Chatham House, The Kings Fund and many more.

What makes it special?

In its 6th year, the Forum has minimal presentations. Instead, the event is participative, with time to practice skills and test frameworks. Hierarchy is not important, DLF participants learn from each other. The two days are facilitated to ensure the right mix of hands-on work, learning and reflection. 


PROGRAMME overview

The Forum is designed to help participants work on their personal leadership development plans for the year.

Both days provide time for participants to reflect and practice, individually or in groups, on leadership and change models. Following the workshop participants will be able to use these techniques and models in their organisations and teams.

Two days are structured around the proactive planning model:

Proactive planning model


Day 1- May 8

9.30 - 5 pm, lunch 1-1.45pm


To get to know each other, set up personal leadership goals and identify main challenges for the year ahead

Outcomes: By the end of DLF participants will have:

  • developed good group dynamics and trust

  • better understanding of leadership and what kind of leader they want to be

  • practise using models for managing change

  • started their personal development plan


  • Introductions

  • Who are you as a leader?

  • Setting your leadership goals for the Forum and for the year ahead

  • What is leadership? What is your leadership style? Introduce and practice Resourcefulness model.

  • Stakeholder analysis - who are the people you need to work with, you can rely on and you can learn from?

  • Personal leadership plan writing

Day 2 - may 9

9.30 - 5 pm, lunch 1-1.45pm


  • To understand how a different style of leadership can serve a group

  • To experience collaborating and leading in complexity

  • To reflect on personal style and finalise personal development plan

Outcomes: By the end of DLF participants will have:

  • identified common themes digital leaders experience

  • practiced solutions-focussed collaborative process model for problem solving

  • gained insight in personal behaviours when managing in complex/stressful situations

  • finalised their personal leadership development plans


  • Reflections on Day 1

  • Review of the personal leadership goals

  • Finding solutions to organisational challenge using solutions-focussed creative tools

  • Your leadership style: Creative collaboration models to find solutions to challenges

  • Managing change in organisations - applying models to your challenge and solution

  • Final personal annual leadership plan

  • Reflection and Close


Lunch & snacks

There’ll be delicious food, courtesy of the Petit Bleu cafe, and also plentiful supplies of tea and Monmouth coffee.


A fantastic space to learn, consider and reflect on what good leadership looks like - particularly in the company of awesome charity/digital brains.
— DLF 2018 participant

From Digital leadership forum 2018

Highly recommended for anyone in management who wants to move towards real leadership
— DLF 2018 participant

Post-event support


Refreshers for Digital Leads are half-day workshops where people can come together in a safe space to discuss and exchange their experiences of leading digital in their organisations.



These are 75-90 minute sessions where we discuss work issues that are on your mind. This can be anything from how to structure, build and manage your team to how to influence peers and management or develop your confidence and communications style. If you want to discuss mentoring for you get in touch

Digital Leadership Forum 2018, Photo: Julius Honnor @  Contentious

Digital Leadership Forum 2018, Photo: Julius Honnor @ Contentious

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