Leading for Impact

Knowing your potential

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About the programme

This programme takes a small cohort of change leaders through a personal development journey.

Our goal is to develop high potential individuals as impact leaders by developing their ability to lead themselves first in order to lead others.

Whatever the social or environmental problem you feel passionate about - access to education, clean energy, good governance, or ethical AI - we want to help you tackle it by developing your ability to sustain yourself to tackle long term systemic change.

Leading for Impact takes a small cohort of change leaders through a personal development journey. This programme is not just for social entrepreneurs it is ideally suited if you aim to solve social and environmental problems in your current or future career, and wish to develop your skills as an effective leader together with a community of peers doing the same.

Who is the programme for?

  • Leading for Impact is available to accept current Post-graduate University of Oxford students from a wide range of departments and colleges.
  • The programme usually takes place over Hilary and Trinity terms.

Leading for Impact covers these key themes:

  • Mindfulness
  • Reflectivity
  • Self-knowledge and personal resilience
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Effective communication
  • Peer coaching
  • Community Building
  • Managing yourself and managing others
  • Building trust


Who are we looking for?

Workshop session, two students sitting on the floor doing an activity with materials

In order to choose students with whom we can maximize our impact, we are looking for students who display a commitment to social or environmental impact. We curate a group of students that are globally diverse, who can be introverts or extraverts, those who are ready to step up as leaders and those who are open to learning more about themselves and others.  

Stretching across two terms the programme involves a substantial time commitment, combining two intensive weekends, seven peer coaching sessions, two workshops and an alumni networking event.

Leading for Impact is not appropriate for everyone, it is not appropriate for those students who are not able to share openly in a group environment.

Leading for Impact participant being interviewed

Hear from the 2020 Leading for Impact cohort

How to apply

The Leading for Impact programme has been postponed for the 2021/2020 academic year. Please sign up to our newsletter to stay updated on further developments.

The LFI experience was among the top 3 highlights of my Oxford experience. Being with a community of people committed to creating impact and change has been incredibly motivating. It has my highest recommendation.

Leading for Impact Fellow 2020