Lateral Leadership: Leading When You’re Not In Charge

The classic structure of organisations is evolving. The future of work is likely to feature flatter structures, collaborative and cross-functional working and the original top-down idea of leadership will no longer be relevant for many businesses.

This “Lateral Leadership: Leading When You’re Not In Charge” session will uncover strategies to enable you to lead without authority. Ensuring that you are able to inspire and motivate others to co-operate and engage, even when you have no formal position of authority.

Course Content

Defining lateral leadership

  • The changing shape of our organisations
  • Where might you have opportunity to lead?

The challenges of leading when you’re not in control

  • The two key challenges: disengagement with the mission and distrust of you
  • The trust triangle: authenticity, communication and empathy

The five steps of leading when you’re not in charge

1.Setting clear goals

2.Thinking systematically, from gathering data to proposing actions

3.Facilitating reflective thinking

4.Engaging – starting with the ‘why’

5.Providing feedback

Course Approach


  • The idea that influence comes from seniority and titles
  • Your perception of your own ability to lead and motivate others


  • Understand the key challenges of lateral leadership
  • The habit of facilitating reflective thinking in others


  • Recognise the steps you can take to lead when you are not in charge
  • Start with the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’

Embedding Success

Post-programme activities to support the transfer of learning and habit building


Reflecting on the trust triangle, where do you experience wobbles? Seek feedback on someone who knows you well. Where could you improve and how could you do this?


Incorporate reflective thinking into your daily routine. Use the ‘What-So what-Now what’ process to ensure that you are constantly learning from your performance and that reflective thinking becomes habitual.


Consider the tasks which you typically have to ask other people to complete. Where can you change how you do this so that you are starting with the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’?


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