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Open Leadership Programme

Become the leader people choose to follow

Join the 1,500+ leaders we’ve helped to feel confident, competent, and capable of leading their teams to success.

If you ever struggle to get the most out of your team…

(Wondering why some people thrive under your leadership while others seem to shrink and stumble)

…the solution doesn’t start by analysing everyone else’s behaviour.

It starts by analysing yours.

You can only lead others once you know how to lead yourself

When you understand how to get the best out of your strengths and master your fears, managing others becomes so much easier.

Most training programmes overlook one vital component… Self Leadership.  

Self-leadership allows you to swap confusion, frustration, and tension in your role for clarity, confidence, and ease.

You no longer second-guess every decision you make, or wonder why ‘Paul in Accounting’ can’t follow orders, or panic about how to ‘tell Stacey that she needs to up her game’…

You start believing, “I know how to handle this”.

“I know who I am, I know who they are, and that means I know how to approach this conversation effectively”


It’s not that you don’t have the potential to be a person of influence and trusted source in your organisation…

You just haven’t (yet) honed the vital skills needed to truly excel.

All of the online courses, quizzes, and one-day workshops have only touched the tip of the leadership iceberg.

With our fresh approach to training, you can finally strengthen your workplace relationships, remove the doubts that block your progress and perform at the level you know you’re capable of.

That’s when your people will follow you without question.

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Lets flip the script:

“What if I give feedback and it’s taken the wrong way?”

I feel confident giving constructive feedback that my team member understands is from a place of good intentions.

“How am I supposed to be a great leader and still be ME? Is that even possible?”

It turns out the best leaders are authentic leaders. I play to my strengths and I’m the best leader for my team because I don’t try to be someone I’m not.

“I really don’t want to have that difficult conversation with that underperforming team member…”

I confidently approached that conversation rather than avoiding it; it genuinely felt easy. Impossible conversations feel possible now.

“It’s so tough to strike the balance between being supportive and holding people accountable.”

My teammates respect me because I will advocate for them fiercely and challenge non-compliance. They see me as their leader, not their friend (and that’s okay).

“Any day now someone will call me out, “Excuse me, why are you here? How did you even get this role?”

My teams, peers, and superiors recognise my value now that I lead with confidence and conviction.

“Having the trust of my team is my #1 goal but I’m worried I’m breaking relationships rather than strengthening them. What’s the ‘right’ approach?!”

My behaviour and my team members’ behaviour is about strengthening our relationships. I know exactly what builds trust, and what breaks it.

Sounds like what I need!

This is your invitation to alleviate any feelings of friction and instead empower yourself and your team to achieve better results, together.

This is ideal for:

  1. Aspiring leaders who want to start their development now so they feel ready for their next step.
  2. New leaders who work for a large organisation but haven’t yet attended any ‘gold-standard’ training.
  3. Established leaders who see the potential in uplevelling their skills and strengthening relationships.
  4. HR professionals who are on the hunt for their company’s next worthwhile investment.

Leadership training like you’ve never experienced before…

The Training Rock Method

Join the 8-week leadership programme proven to get the best out of yourself and those around you.

The Training Rock Method is the result of 20 years of iteration.

It exists to repair broken relationships, restore trust, and empower you to lead with empathy and openess.

People follow leaders who make them feel seen, valued and understood.

To be that leader you must be aware of the impact your behaviour has on others (and the impact of theirs on you)…

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Introducing the Animal Influencers 

Wrap your head around this and watch everything click into place…

The goal is to communicate clearly and effectively with your teams and colleagues, regardless of your differences. 

To do that you must understand the type of person you are, and the type of person you’re speaking to.

>> That’s where the Trait Test™ comes in…

We use 9 animal influencers to help you understand yourself and others better.

Before the programme begins, you will take the test and be given your top three dominant influencers and their corresponding behaviour traits.

That’s when things get exciting!

Are you a Hedgehog going face-to-face with a Lion?

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Does an Ant in your team drive your Cheetah crazy?

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Is your Honeybee insensitive to the needs of a colleague’s Dog?

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When you understand the lens through which you view the world, and the lens through which they view the world…

…communication becomes crystal clear with no room for the confused messages that break trust and spark conflict.

Accessible. Memorable. Instantly usable.
(Our clients love it!)

Effective communication is the one skill a leader cannot succeed without

When you feel confident to communicate anything to anyone you will:

❌ Stop wasting energy putting out fires.
✅ Start nipping problems in the bud before they can escalate.

❌ Stop feeling frustrated at the lack of results seen in a team of talent.
✅ Start tapping into the unlimited potential of every single team member.

❌ Stop feeling confused about how to balance leadership and friendship.
✅ Start leading with authority and authenticity.

❌ Stop feeling judged for every decision you make.
✅ Be trusted to do what’s needed to help the team reach its collective goal.

❌ Stop wondering why “Bob can’t just do what I’m asking?!”
✅ Start effectively communicating with everyone (no matter how different they are from you).

When that happens your business as a whole will reap the rewards…

The Impact

#1. Resolve conflict with ease

#2. Stop repeating the same exhausting conversations

#3. Easily get your team working toward a collective goal

#4. Work less because you delegate towards an empowered team

#5. Become trusted and respected by your teammates and colleagues

The Process

#1. You will be invited to take the TRAIT Test™ (time to find out your top three animal influencers!). We’ll then speak to you individually ahead of our first session to prep you for the work ahead.

For this training to work, everyone needs to be open to self-analysis and change.

#2. Now the real work begins. Your cohort of like-minded leaders from all different industries will meet for 2 x 2 hours per week for 8 weeks of hands-on ‘get stuck in’ training over Zoom (you will be sad to see it end… that’s a promise!).

Next cohort begins on 18th September 2024. 14.00-16.00 (UK time). Wednesdays and Fridays (no training w/c 28th October), final session on Friday 15th November.

Space is available for up to 10 leaders per course.

#3. After the group sessions end, you will even be offered 3 x 1:1 coaching sessions to help you capitalise on your training and grow as a leader.

Meet the Training Rock Team

We’re an elite team of people-first leadership trainers with over six decades of experience between us. We’ve been knee-deep in the trenches and have experienced both work-enhancing and soul-crushing leadership. Everything we do now is to turn good people into great leaders so the entire organisation benefits.

Jo Andrews

  • Cheetah, Lion, Dog
  • Co-Founder of The Training Rock
  • Co-creator of the Trait Test™
  • 25 years of leadership development experience.
  • Nickname – Queen of Communication/Truth Warrior
  • Fitness junkie
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Katie Boston

  • Ant, Dog, Lion
  • Co-Founder of The Training Rock
  • Co-creator of the Trait Test™
  • Trainer, actress, coach, and expert in team dynamics
  • Secret stand up comedian
  • Your role-play partner
    (She won’t go easy on you and you’ll love her for it!)
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Hakim Lakhdar

  • Ant, Dog, Lion
  • NLP Certified Coach
  • Two decades spent developing leadership programmes for institutions like the American Bar Association and Harvard Law School.
  • Father of twin boys and in his (limited…!) spare time is an incredible singer/guitarist!
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Let’s be honest, you’ve got a smorgasbord of options when it comes to leadership development programmes. So we know you’re wondering…

How is The Training Rock different?

Other leadership training programmes

The Training Rock Method

Time is spent thinking about new ways of behaving without the implementation.

More time is spent reading a textbook or worksheet than practising what they’ve learned.

TTR places a heavy emphasis on role-play
(Don’t worry, that initial *cringe* wears off quickly. By week four your leaders will be desperate to be chosen!)

Participants will learn and develop through practical application using real-life scenarios, with immediate (and honest!) feedback.

Held over 1-2 days
You’re given the knowledge but not the time or support to help you apply it.

4 hrs per week over 8 weeks
Your leaders commit to change and progress.

They will be given the time needed to practice in real life (not just in the training), absorb feedback, adjust, and try again.

Lack of habit-forming
Leaders may leave with a new way of thinking, but not a new way of behaving.

Building new habits
By the end of the 8 weeks your leaders will create new neural pathways and already begin changing their behaviour.

Multiple tools, models, and skills…
EQ, time management, productivity skills, people management skills, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, strategic planning, negotiation and persuasion, etc.

Often taught within 2-3 days or less.

The T.R.U.S.T Model
The T.R.U.S.T Model can be applied to every behavioural issue in the workplace.

Leaders learn to both role model, and challenge non-compliance to, the behaviours which build TRUST.

When you understand your default behaviours (the TRAITS) and how they build or break trust, you can navigate any conversation:

  • Giving difficult feedback
  • Addressing poor performance
  • Navigating Conflict
  • Negotiating work terms
  • Delegating tasks

How to lead others
“This is how you get this person to do this thing…”

How to lead yourself (self-leadership)
“Lead yourself first so that others choose to follow you”


Broad application
You’re often left with a feeling of, “So how do I apply that to me and my situation?”

Deeply individual
Your leaders will begin with deep (often challenging) self-exploration in a psychologically safe and supportive environment.

Every touchpoint to follow shows them exactly how this knowledge of self and others can be applied to the challenges they face right now.

Love you and leave you
Once the course is over, you’re left to your own devices whether your leaders are ready or not.

One-to-one support
Following the 8-week group training, 1:1 coaching support is available to your attendees as they put what they’ve learned into real-world practice.

Enough said… Count me in!

Secure your spot today for the next cohort starting in September 2024.

£3,000.00 + VAT

Start Date: 18th September, 2024
End Date: 15th November, 2024 (no training w/c 28th October)
2 x Weekly Zoom Calls: Wed & Fri 14.00 – 16.00hr (UK time)
3 x 1:1 Coaching Calls upon completion

Only 10 spaces available

We’re going to challenge you (and you’re going to love it…)

If you want to leave this course thinking, behaving and leading differently… then you must push yourself outside your comfort zone.

This work isn’t a bunch of tick box exercises.

  • It’s a deep expoloration.
  • It’s being profoundly honest with yourself.
  • It’s accepting all that you are; strengths and shortcomings.
  • It’s a willingness to practice real-life ‘difficult’ conversations knowing you won’t be judged.

Our goal is to help you become the best leader you can be – for yourself and your team – so expect to be challenged in a safe and supportive environment.

When you see the difference it makes in such a short period, you’ll want to keep pushing yourself!

Is this the right programme for you?

This is perfect for you if:

✅ You’re committed to your growth as a leader and open to change.

✅ You understand that relationship-focused leadership trumps results-focused leadership for getting the best out of your people.

✅ You recognise resistance within your team and you’re ready to take responsibility for the part you play in it.

✅ You’re ready to face your vulnerabilities and hear how others really see you.

✅ You’re committed to being fully present for all sessions, as each builds on the previous one.

✅ You understand that the practical components are where the real change happens. 

✅ You want to develop the long-lasting skills to build solid working relationships that are based on trust (and feel clear about what breaks that trust so you can avoid it)

This is not for you if:

❌ You’d rather blame everyone around you for the problems in your team rather than acknowledge the part you play.

❌ You’re dead-set on doing things how you’ve always done them (and expecting different results).

❌ You’re not prepared to get involved in all aspects of the training – especially the role play – you’d much rather hide at the back and ‘just observe’.

❌ You’re looking for a plaster fix that’ll give you a quick win but fizzle out just as fast.

❌ You aren’t prepared to make time for the sessions each week (even though you know the time you’ll save on worry and decision-making is priceless in the long run)

❌ You expect people to ‘get you’ without changing how you speak to different people who have different ways of viewing the world.


Youve got questions and we’ve got answers:

I’m ready to become the leader my team want to follow.

Secure your spot today for the next cohort starting in September 2024.

£3,000.00 + VAT

Start Date: 18th September, 2024
End Date: 15th November, 2024 (no training w/c 28th October)
2 x Weekly Zoom Calls: Wed & Fri 14.00 – 16.00hr (UK time)
3 x 1:1 Coaching Calls upon completion

Only 10 spaces available

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