Small groups, big themes, deep learning and real-time relevance



To gain and hold the competitive edge, organisations need to be agile - continually learning and adapting to emerging challenges, able to attune to a connected and evolving world.  They need leadership that knows how to grow and learn in response to the world around them, developing wisdom as well as knowledge, recognising the relational as well as the operational systems they participate in.  

The Leadership Learning PODS have been designed to meet these needs.  

PODS offer progressive leadership development that engenders adaptability, a growth-mindset and the cultivation of wisdom. 

The deceptively simple yet powerful design of the EB PODS has been a refreshing ‘shot-in-the-arm’
for our leadership development agenda.
— Head of Talent



Designed to stretch senior and emerging leadership capacity, a POD is formed with a small group of leaders, who are facilitated to learn with and from each other.  PODS create a confidential, supported and constructively challenging learning environment.  They enable people to grow in their leadership in a way that has both personal meaning, and relevance for the systems they work within.

The design is adaptable. The leadership themes and topics are tailored to the needs of the organisation and the participants, such as:

  • Leadership through change
  • Transition from manager to leader
  • Women in leadership
  • Creating culture shifts
  • Stretching talent/high-potentials


PODS benefit from inputs on fresh thinking on leadership, experiencing leading-edge approaches to active, reflective and connective learning, and constantly honing the capacity to build robust working relationships.


What is it like being part of a POD?

POD members are supported in achieving the leadership reach and impact they are capable of, developing their leadership in a  way that is authentic for them and becoming attuned to and influential in the environments in which they work. They find themselves becoming role models for change and capable of influencing the leadership culture of the organisation by bringing in an expanded, more balanced range of qualities of leadership practice.

What is the format for the PODS?

Each POD has a dedicated tutor/facilitator and typically 6 members, usually peers. The group of 6 members stays together throughout the POD programme.  An example PODS programme has the following elements:

EB Leadership Learning PODS


The POD members come together for an interactive and experiential workshop.  The focus is on:

  • an in-depth exploration of personal leadership
  • establishing a personal and a collective learning agenda
  • building supportive relationships within the group
  • understanding how to create the conditions for successful learning


The POD sessions are based around the specific leadership learning themes identified by the POD members.  They comprise:

  • tutor inputs and facilitated group work on a key topic
  • in-depth work on specific issues brought by participants
  • guidance through reflective processes, gaining insights and identifying strategies and actions for strengthening their leadership


Between sessions, support processes maintain the learning momentum:

  • Reflecting: harvesting the learning from the leadership challenges encountered in the workplace
  • Experimenting: trying out the new ideas and strategies that were identified during the sessions
  • Connecting: telephone and email contact with the tutors and fellow POD members to share and deepen the learning


An optional session where each of the POD members invites a colleague to join for a session. 

The expanded POD works and learns together on topics and challenges relevant to achieving changes in the shared leadership culture they are part of. By becoming familiar with the work of the POD, these colleagues can also become allies back in the workplace, supporting the often difficult phase of sustaining the leadership growth from the sessions.

A confidential, supported and constructively challenging environment for building shared understanding of the issues that leaders experience and creating workable strategies for making a difference.
— Participant