Brave Leadership: One Year Leadership Development Programme for Women

We are offering a unique blended transformational programme that is all about uncovering, celebrating, and nurturing your power as a female leader. This programme is about unleashing your brilliance, as well as identifying and enabling greatness in others. It will also create, and connect you to, a network of inspirational women.

This programme will consist of the following facilitated sessions across one year:

  • 1 day (10am-4pm) face to face live online introduction
  • Monthly 2.5 hour (2pm-4.30pm) sessions over 10 months
  • 1 day (10am-4pm) in person finale, in London

The programme will also require commitment to self-study and collaboration with fellow participants. We will provide a social learning platform to enable connection with your cohort, and an extensive library of learning resources.

Course Overview

  • Standard Price

  • Public Sector Price

  • Charity Price

  • *per person, excluding VAT
  • Duration

    12 days
  • Location


About Brave Leadership, Happy's New Online Leadership Programme for Women

Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organisations bolder and stronger.Brené Brown

According to a Harvard study into leadership, at every level, more women were rated by their peers, their bosses, their direct reports, and their other associates as better overall leaders than their male counterparts. And yet, a 2020 analysis by Mercer of over 1,100 organisations across the world found that women are still vastly underrepresented in more senior positions (see below).

  % of Women
Executives 23%
Senior Managers 29%
Managers 37%
Professionals 42%
Support Staff 47%


The same Harvard study shows that leadership skills are strongly correlated to organisational success factors such as retaining talent, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and profitability.

So, what is your organisation doing to develop and support the aspirations of your female leaders?

Our vision is to enable and empower a network of brave female leaders to be the best they can be, to shine, to inspire, to empower, to challenge and to innovate.

…if people aren’t aware of their genius, they are not in a position to deliberately utilise it.Liz Wiseman, Author: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

The inspiration behind Brave Leadership

In this short video, your facilitators Cathy and Nicky discuss the inspiration behind the Brave Leadership programme.

Group Learning Events

Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

Find out more and enquire now

A Menu of Key Themes to be Included

This programme is all about maximising your leadership scope of influence and progression. Gaining the confidence, knowledge and sustainable skills to make the transition to greater professional impact.

Not sure if Brave Leadership is for you?

Check out our free one-hour taster session with one of your facilitators

Your leadership brand

  • Daring to lead, and to do it brilliantly
  • Understanding your assertiveness style — combining strength and compassion
  • Identifying and understanding your unique combination of strengths
  • Your leadership code of ethics, values, and purpose
  • Building your personal authentic brand
  • Expressing yourself positively, even in difficult situations
  • Building trust and credibility
  • A user guide for working with you

Personal presence

  • Reframing imposter syndrome
  • Developing your Emotional Intelligence
  • The stories you tell yourself that hold you back
  • Managing the likeability expectations of being a woman in business
  • Bringing your 'people pleaser' into check
  • Enhancing your self-belief — understanding how and where you add value
  • Becoming a force for greatness — having and demonstrating courage
  • Building the three resilience energies — physical, mental, and emotional to support your wellbeing
  • Understanding the process of building sustainable habits and changing behaviours long term, to embed the learning and create real action

Powerful communication

  • Discovering your own communication style and understanding others', to maximise your influence
  • Identifying your default way of communicating, Cat or Dog, and how to adapt to maximise impact
  • Developing your presentation skills through practical experience

Empowering others

  • Raising awareness of how our own behaviour can impact the female leaders around us
  • Advocating for each other — becoming a mentor of others
  • Creating a culture of high performance
  • Leadership focused on people
  • Creating psychological safety at work
  • Working adult to adult — understanding transactional analysis
  • Becoming a Multiplier of your people's talents (Liz Wiseman)
  • Enabling trust and autonomy, successfully delegating and holding people to account
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias


  • Being productive, not just busy
  • Leading in a crisis — understanding the tendency to take a narrow view and using techniques to think strategically
  • Facilitating principle-led decision making

As a woman

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities of working and leading in a predominantly man's world
  • Making the right choices for yourself
  • Identifying your personal career aspirations and what you need to achieve them
  • Taking control of your career progression beyond the linear
  • Addressing the challenges in the career cycle of a woman, e.g. returning from childcare leave, menopause, taking carers leave
  • Sharing your experience, supporting one another generally, and finding unique perspectives on your challenges through this leadership network
  • Partner with an accountability and support buddy

Leading the team

  • Leading remote teams and facilitating great remote meetings
  • Using Liberating Structures to enhance the involvement, collaboration and output of your teams
  • Creating Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind (Nancy Klein)
  • The 5 dysfunctions of a team and what to do about them
  • Creating a team that works to its strengths
  • Building and nurturing the resilience of your team
  • Recruiting the right team members and ensuring their induction is a motivating experience
  • Enabling your team to innovate and generate creative ways to tackle problems
  • Guiding your team through complex change
  • Creating high-performing teams that everyone wants to be a part of

Building relationships

  • Having great 1 to 1's with your people
  • Coaching your team to success by empowering them to discover their own solutions
  • Providing positive and constructive feedback that leads to action and solutions
  • How to have those conversations that feel difficult but matter
This course is a gift and keeps you accountable through connection, group coaching and constant support to make sure that what we learn is going into practice. This course has changed the way I manage forever and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone in leadership, new or experienced.Sarah Metcalfe

Self-Reflection and Feedback

Each participant will complete self-reflection surveys at the start of the programme, half-way through and at the end of the programme around your confidence, skills and behaviours. In addition, you will be able to identify a key group of stakeholders who will be asked to provide feedback on their experience of you as a colleague and your leadership style.

Supporting Resources

All resources used in the programme will be available through the sessions and beyond, along with an extensive library of eLearning and other resources to enhance offline and online learning. There will be a variety of ways to connect with each other and your facilitators throughout.

Our Facilitation Style and Ethos

Making it effective — research shows us that the effectiveness of any learning programme can be boosted by what happens before and after each learning session. The facilitated online and in person sessions are only one part of making the learning effective. The development journey starts on joining the programme and the personal network that is created lasts a lifetime.

Everything we facilitate is designed to ensure complete individual involvement and participation. This stimulates thinking and challenges assumptions. Our aim is to create a multi-sensory engaging experience, which will usually include: small and large group discussion, individual and group reflection, case studies and examples, quizzes, questionnaires, videos, practical stories as well as opportunities to real play (rather than role play!) and practice the techniques learnt.

Not sure if this programme is for you? 

We are offering a free, one-hour taster session on 14th September at 10am, held online via Zoom. In the session you will learn more about Brave Leadership from one of the facilitators — with no hard sales pitch.

Find out more about the taster session and sign up

This course has been empowering, exciting and liberating. It has offered a fantastic space for me to grow as a leader and I see benefits in my team almost daily. Blending self and group reflection with introductions to approaches and tools has enabled me to reach further than I imagined into leadership - my own and as a topic. The confidence I've taken from the programme, the facilitators and the group has been amazing. I would thoroughly recommend Brave leadership - it's truly been transformative. Thank you Nicky, Cathy and Happy!Fiona P

What's it like to learn with Happy?

Be involved, engaged and challenged in our leadership programmes. In this video, Happy's Managing Director, Cathy Busani, delivers a session on Google’s Project Oxygen and the qualities of a great manager.

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Your Facilitators

There will be two dedicated facilitators throughout the programme that will guide you through the entire year:

Cathy Busani

Cathy has been with Happy since March 1995 and shortly after took over the role of Group Managing Director, she is responsible for maintaining Happy's award-winning and celebrated culture. As head of Happy's Leadership and Personal Development, she is an inspirational lead facilitator, executive coach, speaker and consultant with the aim of embedding positive behavioural change. Her leadership purpose is simply to help others to be great at work.

Nicky Stone

Nicky has worked in learning and development for twenty years, supporting clients to reach their potential as individuals and leaders. Her passion is in enabling people to thrive and find fulfilment in their careers. She is an accredited executive coach and a skilled facilitator. Whether delivering face-to-face or live on-line learning, she understands that learning must be experiential to lead to real insight and behaviour change. Throughout her career she has worked across diverse sectors and industries and with individuals and teams at all levels, from talent management programmes for emerging leaders, to leadership development programmes at SLT level.

Guest speakers

During the programme we will also invite a diverse selection of guest speakers to share their personal experience, tips and techniques.

Book now

See our available course dates, or contact us for bespoke options.

Brave Leadership
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Why choose Happy?

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed
  • Fun and interactive workshops, whether online or face-to-face
  • Learn in a confidential environment with our experienced facilitators
  • Small class sizes to give personal one-to-one support
  • Private group options available
  • No quibble money-back guarantee on all courses


This is a new year long programme specifically aimed at women in leadership. Here are a sample of quotes from attendees on our range of shorter leadership programmes.

I have honestly found this programme so useful and never before have I been able to actually implement elements of it and change my own behaviour to the extent I have with this.Maria Kyle, Dogs Trust
The programme was brilliant, it met my expectations and exceeded my hopes for learning and personal development as a people leader. I feel inspired and enlightened — thank you. If the old 'management techniques' were out of date before COVID-19, they are now obsolete. I feel very lucky to be equipped with my learning from Happy in a new world where remote working means trust, self-engagement and ownership, an embedded understanding and buy-in to the organisations vision and goals and an understanding of our individual and collective strengths is more vital for us than ever... and I feel better equipped to help support my team in developing and maintaining these things.Allison McNeill, Head of Quality, External Regulatory Compliance The London Institute of Banking & Finance
I've learnt so much both technically/skills-wise and terminology-wise but also about myself, and the sessions through the programme have helped to shape the kind of leader I want to be. We were fortunate to start the course just before lockdown but the subsequent three sessions all took place on Zoom. Although not ideal to be sitting in front of a screen, the use of tech and breakout rooms and interactive whiteboards and jamboards etc meant we didn't miss out and the sessions were as packed with content and learning and energy as I'd imagine it would be in person. The sessions were paced so well and allowed for breaks away from the screen etc. I cannot recommend this leadership programme enough. I'd love to send lots of our future leaders and managers on this, they'd really benefit from this learning.Shartyn Williams, Group Operations Director, Cedar Communications Ltd

The Small Print

For Face-to-Face Live Online Learning

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Each of the Zoom sessions will be roughly 2 hours long and include a short break. You should reserve out 10am to 4.30pm in your diary for the learning. This will allow you to join the interactive workshops and have time to reflect and do the assignments in between. We believe immersing yourself in the content for a whole day will create deep learning and lasting impact. 

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera — if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at

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Did you know...

...a simple challenge to normal practice is to spend one meeting only asking questions?

The ability to ask good questions is a central tenet of strong leadership. Putting away your usual directives and reaching out to staff is a great way to summon useful feedback and foster workplace unity.

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Managing Change Positively to enable you to support your team through change and provide a clear understanding of how to involve people. Find out more

How to Have Conversations that Matter for Leaders & Managers to enable you to have successful conversations with team members and colleagues. Find out more