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Leadership development at Cape

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Cape aimed to double the size of its organisation over five years and recognised that to do this, effective leadership within the business would be essential. This programme was designed to increase the leadership capability of their future leaders, supporting their career development by equipping them with practical skills and knowledge.

Impact worked with Cape to create the Future Leaders Programme (FLP). The content was closely aligned with Cape's leadership competencies; however, what made this programme different was its focus on improving participants' performance so that they were able to 'over-perform' in their current role and meet stretch objectives. Through this focus on performance, participants' existing business unit performance would also improve and individuals would gain the leadership capability to grow with it.

Impact's experiential learning approach ensured that FLP managers learnt practical skills and techniques they can apply to their daily jobs – from coaching and leading change to delegation.

Pre-programme, Impact facilitators spoke to FLP participants and their line managers to engage and prepare them for the forthcoming leadership journey. Cape recognised that the line manager’s support and challenge were vital to ensuring the success of the FLP.

Participants then completed Cape’s 360 feedback process and an online test to help develop their learning agenda. Following some pre-reading, the participants were then ready to take part in five residential modules over a nine-month period. These interactive development events focused on the following:

  • Foundations of leadership and management
  • Leading innovation and change projects
  • Leading in a commercial environment
  • Leading behavioural safety
  • Framing the future.

The learning continued between modules through work-based activities linked to stretch objectives and the option to complete assignments that could be accredited towards a certificate of higher education. Participants were supported through coaching calls with their Impact facilitator, group webinars with fellow participants and access to the broader network of FLP alumni.

The FLP is a leadership journey that generates lasting results for participants from:

  • Individual reflection on personal effectiveness as a leader
  • Putting new things into practice at work
  • Commitment to self and other’s development during and between modules
  • Successfully completing work-based projects to improve operational performance.

This global programme was held in key Cape locations from Australia and Kazakhstan to Qatar and the UK. A core team of Impact facilitators worked with participants on each of their five modules to ensure consistency and the development of learning and relationships.


Cape were recognised for their work in People Development at the Oil and Gas UK awards. The FLP was praised for delivering ‘outstanding commitment and dedication to people development in a people-focused industry’.

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Paul Lloyd
Group Head of Learning, Competence and Talent
"Our Future Leaders Programme aims to make sure that our Leaders & Managers have the kind of leadership skills Cape are going to need in the future. It's all about creating good role models for our people. This programme has helped managers to remove any remaining barriers and to enable our people to be the best that they can be."
Ben Harris
Programme Participant
"Before the programme I was probably what you’d call a classic micro-manager. I now delegate work to my direct reports and am enjoying watching them develop their own styles and strengths supported with my coaching. I am proud of the development I’m seeing in the people around me now that I’m letting them expand their capabilities and helping them achieve their full potential."