Walking With Wolves, Unleashing Hidden Potential
Innovative ILM accredited management training experts - Ingram De Havilland (IDH) - have unleashed a unique leadership training programme, where delegates get to walk with real wolves.
The ‘Walking With Wolves’ programme is the brainchild of IDH managing director Pauline Stewart who is living up to her title of ‘Bedfordshire Business Woman of the Year’ by delivering exciting, challenging leadership training developed for managers who want to progress. Walking With Wolves is an intensive two-day course, and is a progression from IDH’s ‘Women In Leadership – The Confident Leader’. The course covers a wide range of topics, including the challenges faced by women in leadership, emotional intelligence, self-confidence and assertiveness, and changing behaviour and perceptions. Delegates receive an ILM Level 5 Development Award upon completion but the highlight for many delegates is undoubtedly when they get the chance to walk with wolves in rural north Bedfordshire.
Pauline Stewart explains ‘As part of the course we match the alpha female behaviour within a wolf pack to the behavioural characteristics of today’s successful business women. Thanks to Phil Watson at the Anglia Wolf Society we have access to a real pack of wolves and that sets this leadership training apart from any other in the UK.’
According to Phil, the alpha female plays a pivotal role in every pack of wolves. Along with the alpha male, they control access to resources, exploit other pack members’ strengths and weaknesses, and they can expertly manipulate situations and individuals. As leaders they are confident, socially independent and good at turning a situation to their advantage. ‘The wolves buff and rebuff each other all the time; there is constant social testing,’ Phil comments. ‘These are highly intelligent creatures, and they remember what they got away with…. and what they didn’t!’
Pauline adds, ‘Although survival in the wild demands cruel actions which aren't seen in the workplace, thank goodness, examination of the alpha wolf's strategies provide real food for thought about the way we can usefully assert ourselves when it matters.’
Walking With Wolves is not just for women, men are welcome on the course because it examines the different ways in which men and women think and act. ‘If you’re a male senior manager who wants to support and develop the women in your team, then this course could be extremely enlightening,’ says Pauline. ‘Plus of course, if a company would like to send a men-only delegation, then we’d be delighted to design a bespoke programme just for them.’
Trish Palmer, Focus Residential ChildCare Services Ltd has been on the Walking With Wolves programme and said: ‘This has been one of if not the best leadership training courses I have been on. I have learnt new skills and approaches to leadership which I was able to implement straight away. It has already made a difference to me as a manager and a person and I feel I have grown in confidence. This course has enabled me to deal with difficult situations in my working environment. I will use these new skills throughout my career as I have found them invaluable.’
About IDH (www.ingramdehavilland.com):
George Clarke and Mike Smith are the co-founders of Ingram de Havilland. Pauline Stewart joined the company in 2002. Over the last ten years, IDH have won some leading blue chip clients, including Camelot, Volvo and Dunlop. Looking ahead to the next twelve months, the team plan to promote Walking With Wolves nationally and to launch “The Six Thinking Hats”, a brand new training programme in conjunction with the Edward De Bono UK Foundation.
About ILM (http://www.i-l-m.com):
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