Manchester Metropolitan University


A programme for managers within SMEs who will grow into the business leaders of the future.

The Managers2Leaders programme is aimed at managers of enterprises who have an interest in developing their leadership skills. 

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Programme Overview

Truly great small businesses have inspiring leaders at all levels. This doesn't happen by accident. It has to be planned, supported and developed. In the past, the sort of dynamic and action-focussed leadership development courses designed to achieve these outcomes have only been available to owners/managers and managing directors. 

This course creates an opportunity for all small businesses to access the same powerful experiences. The Centre for Enterprise has supported almost 1,500 small businesses in the North West to grow their staff and organisations. 

Read the Managers2Leaders brochure

What will you gain?

For you

  • You will gain best practice knowledge from inspiring leaders, who will share their stories or motivating and managing to transform organisations and achieve real results
  • You will improve your own leadership practice through action-focussed peer-to-peer learning
  • You will take away unique insights and experiences from observing how other managers lead in their own organisations
  • You will gain new leadership tools and techniques to expand and enhance your day to day management

For your business

  • Improve recruitment, management and retention through better leadership
  • Enhance motivation and performance of staff through better leadership
  • Become more strategic and less operational through better leadership
  • Operate more successfully as a leadership team, as managers truly become leaders

Programme Details

The programme runs over four months and includes:

  • Immersion Days - a unique day of challenge, to develop self-awareness, motivate change and create clear personal development and action plans
  • Knowledge Days - gain knowledge from those who have been there and done it! Delivered as masterclasses, local and international speakers present the latest ideas in a way which can be interpreted and applied directly to yourself and the business
  • Action Days - overcome key challenges through peer-to-peer learning and support. In small groups, delegates adopt a structured framework to solve real business problems and develop action plans for change
  • Observation Days - see your own business through new eyes and gather top tips from others
  • Learning Days - time for reflection to give delegates a chance to update their personal development plan



Programme Dates

Day Dates
Immersion Day and Knowledge Day 1 18 February 2020
Action Learning Set 1 4 March 2020
Learning Day 1 18 March 2020
Action Learning Set 2 26 March 2020
Action Learning Set 3 16 April 2020
Knowledge Day 2 30 April 2020
Learning Day 2 and Action Learning Set 4  13 May 2020

What our graduates say

Read what a number of our programme alumni have to say about their experience on Managers2Leaders, and how it's benefitted them.


Lyndsey  Hope - Imperative Training


The cost is £745 per person. If you would like to book more than one place or book on to more than one of our courses, please contact us on 0161 247 3916 or email:

Contact Us

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Claire Pattison at

Project Administrator: Abigail Knox at


Centre for Enterprise,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom



0161 247 3871

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