SES – Global Leadership Development for Mid Tier Managers 

‘This was the best leadership development experience I have ever had … my relationships with my team are more open, more real … I have started a new company wide project to implement business continuity management.’  A Participant


SES is a global satellite business which had experienced rapid strategic growth, through acquisition and launching new country operations. In 2010 a decision was made to seek to build cultural alignment across the different entities through the commencement of a ‘One SES’ initiative. SES invited Waverley Learning in 2011 to design & deliver a bespoke leadership programme that would both complement ‘One SES’ and build the leadership capability of mid tier managers across the organisation.


In close liaison with senior L&D managers from Europe and the USA, we designed a cross cultural programme that would involve line managers in helping participants both prepare for, and follow up on, a three day catalytic workshop focusing on (authentic) personal and team leadership. We also built in follow up 1:1 coaching 3-4 months after completing the workshop to help embed learning.


The programme is currently in its second year, so it is premature to assess the lasting impact. However, it is having a transformational affect on the leadership being expressed by mid tier managers across the organisation. Almost without exception participants have reported increased levels of clarity, confidence / courage, and engagement. Meanwhile, line managers have reported increased levels of energy and initiative in their managers.

'I have expressed more creativity and operated outside my personal comfort zone – I recently presented my ideas to the Innovation Committee …’

‘I’m much more aware of my own behaviour… The programme gave me a new way of thinking … I used to feel pressure as a burden, I now feel it as a challenge.’

‘The programme made me aware that I can be a leader, that I have it in me … it made me more aware of my role and that I have the confidence to do it.’