• Leaders of today

    I work with Leaders who like to think and do things differently. Who want to make the world a better place through their leadership, their business, organisation or community group.

     

    Our work together can be in one or more of the following four ways:

    • Advisory support - thinking differently about leadership. change, organisations and communities 
    • Commissioning of Creative Artefacts to make leadership even more effective  
    • Inquiry & Action Learning - to develop yourself as a more creative leader 

  • leela at work

    It's easier to share visual samples that bring my work to life; bear in mind that a lot of my work is highly confidential and takes place behind closed doors with vault-like NDA's in place :

    The Art of Leadership: Creative Engagement

    Almost two years working with the Principal of a new Primary School to build community through craft and creative engagement; so far resulting in visual leadership with the new team, art days with new families and a large butterfly installation made with all founding children and staff.

    The Art of Leadership: What We Do

    Worked with the leadership team of a leading environmental science and education charity to architect and visualise their proposition across stakeholder groups; creating an artefact that was able to be used internally and with external stakeholders, audiences and funders.

    The Art of Leadership: The vision of pioneering new centre

    Scribed and illustrated the vision for a new pioneering Ayurvedic centre; gently harvesting the elements of the vision from the Founder during a one-day off-site, to create a visual artefact that could be used for site-finding, stakeholder engagement, business planning and for the early-stage website.

    The Art of Leadership: Heart-centred leadership

    A strong influence from buddhism and Aikido in the way the enterprise was run; and inspired by Mac Macartneys's work; frequent 'children's fires' to consciously make decisions together and create the 'clearing' for amazing work. A very powerful experience of spirituality being at the heart of an enterprise; and ahead of the times in 2011-2012.

    The Art of Leadership: Thinking Differently

    A series of 4 mini-workshops in early 2018 to explore alternative, more natural, creative and feminine ways of approaching leadership and enterprise; with a group of 5 forward-thinking women owners of enterprises in East Sussex; including visual planning, working to nature's rhythms, moon-cycle planning, feng shui and nature connection.

    The Art of Leadership: Leadership Lanyards

    Design, illustration and production of lanyards for leaders of a leading media organisation; to assist in their learning and practice of leadership behaviours that encourage collaboration and co-operation amongst their teams.

    The Art of Leadership: Sustainability Show

    Researched numerous communities, neighbourhood areas and community organisations in the UK and Mumbai, India to identify potential partners for CSR and Leadership Development programmes with corporate organisations; Involved visits to children’s centres, schools, creative learning clubs and small charities providing for children and families.

     

    Co-designed and co-ordinated a series of 4 leadership events with schools in Berkshire and West London; involving a community fayre, inter-generational gatherings and exchanges and a show using drama, poetry and song to highlight the issues of sustainability and climate change.

    The Art of Leadership: Crafting a Conscious Culture

    A courageous CEO chose to try out something different in 2009 when the 'crash' took it's toll on many businesses and when this type of initiative was high risk given the lack of proven business case statistics upfront. A risk that massively paid off, short medium and long term.

     

    A process of conscious experimentation with wellbeing, engagement, environment and visual leadership tools and practices - leading to astounding results with performance, engagement, retention, recruitment and satisfaction of customers and employees; and lots of external awards!

    The Art of Leadership: | Vauxhall Gardens Heritage Project

    Designed and hand-made a kit to support a group of stakeholders on the Vauxhall Heritage project; whom had very different ideas, opinions and visions about the future of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens; the creative process cut through the politics and resulted in a clearly articulated joint vision statement for the project - a real triumph!

    The Art of Leadership: Visual Planning

    A two-day off-site for the resource mobilisation team working in service of sexual and reproductive healthcare services and sexual rights around the world; designed and facilitated a participatory-planning process with a team of 18, incorporating team building and Prince2 project management introductory training; the 2-days bore results that were unprecedented within the department.

    The Art of Leadership: | Senior Stakeholder Engagement

    Supported the lead facilitator with the event; creating an illustrated gallery for an interactive group exercise, way-finding and space set-up and assistance with the guests and event experience.

    The Art of Leadership: Visual Presentations

    The creation of a simple visual template for an Agency Creative Director to use in a pitch and presentation for new client contracts; using journeys, metaphors and landscapes to tell a story and more effectively engage the client team in a more open, creative and expansive conversation,

    The Art of Leadership: Women in Leadership

    Highly confidential one-to-one sessions, both ad-hoc and ongoing; advisory services for organisational or business challenges or changes and addressing individual needs and concerns including resilience, work/life balance, career and livelihood transitions, leadership approach and development.

    The Art of Leadership: | Restore | Recharge | Regroup |

    A personalised retreat for two women leaders from London; actively engaged in catalysing change for women in the creative industries. Friday to Sunday immersed in the Ashdown Forest, with organic, local, vegetarian home-cooked food, juices, naps and quiet time, interspersed with forest walks and visual sessions to take stock and plan the next phase of work.

    The Art of Leadership: Programme Report

    A visual journey map of the 3-years; creating an invaluable artefact for stakeholder engagement, M&E and reporting for 'Small Wonders' - a 3-year research and action programme to facilitate more early y

    The Art of Leadership: Metaphors for Service Design

    As a follow-on from a creative team off-site I co-designed and co-hosted with UnLtd, I worked with the Head of Engagement to develop a series of illustrated 'scenes' as visions of how their services would ideally be for young people.

    The Art of Leadership: | Sacred Space

    My largest site yet; a 24-acre estate in the Ashdown Forest that needed 'clearing' after being left empty for two years. Working on the visible and invisible realms, I cleared the house and surrounding land of imprints from years of history and human 'use', along with predecessors who needed a helping hand to 'cross over'. People's experience of the house changed dramatically - and workmen were happier to work there too!

    The Art of Leadership: | Creative Spaces

    Co-designed a survey and visualised the results of employee feedback regarding their workspace needs to become more creative and collaborative.

    The Art of Leadership: | Stories for Change

    Two wall-sized hand-drawn storyboards to assist a Senior Board in understanding the potential for 'social' to transform their business and become more conscious, collaborative and connected to their customers.

    The Art of Leadership: | Visual Dialogue

    A visual mapping of conversations and themes presented by conference members in Copenhagen; producing an artefact that can support further courageous conversations about what needs to change in the sector.

    The Art of Leadership: | Stories for Change

    A series of story-board sketches and icons for a global report in 2018; helping to bring to life challenges faced within the humanitarian sector.

    The Art of Leadership: Creative Engagement

    Creative engagement with the 100-strong fundraising department at a leading international children's charity; an invitation to pause, regroup and reflect after astounding results that year - and a gentle, fun and creative exercise to reconnect with passion & purpose.

     

    The process received excellent, moving feedback - and the 30ft collage of A4 drawings from each team member was then installed in the London Head Office!

    The Art of Leadership: The Butterfly Effect

    Creative direction and project management of an animation for a leader at Oxfam; engaging his global team of 200 fundraisers at a conference, to understand the challenging context within which they were operating.

    The Art of Leadership: Story for Change

    A 6-minute hand-drawn animation for a creative search agency; a breakthrough for them in communicating the uniqueness and complexity of their offering, which had until then, been so difficult to explain to people.

  • kind words

    Bill Dudman - Forward-thinking OD Consultancy

    "I would recommend Leela to any business or organisation.. her approach is creative, left-field and technically excellent; all wrapped up in great stakeholder management. She is a refreshing change from the 'formula' approach in her field."

    Aly King-Smith - Leadership Development & Consultancy

    How to describe working with Leela Grace; Imagine the most creative, boundary-less brain, inside a whole-hearted human with a deep curiosity and care; add a large dose of systemic and organisational nouse and relaxed confidence with senior leaders.. Leela is brave in saying that she sees the world differently, and what an incredible perspective you will gain if you listen up."

    Dawn Gosling - Director

    "Leela is like no-one else I've ever met; she's quite simply brilliant. She is a unique blend of creativity, intuition and smarts.

     

    Her crystal-clear process took me on an amazing colourful journey starting from a spark of an idea and ending for a fully formed concept and business plan. Like a spiral, Leela's questions led me deep into the core of the idea. One of the keys of the process is the visual map that Leela creates of each session. These maps helped me to link things together more differently, see new possibilities and ultimately come up with a better concept."

    Martin Deakin - Corporate Storyteller & Advisor to Leadership & Board Teams

    "Leela is utterly unique; I know no-one else quite like her. Each time we meet or work together, the experience leaves me inspired. She is so giving of her knowledge, her energy and unparalleled authenticity that I find myself, as a storyteller - short for words. Leela is a firebrand, a soul-counsellor and superlatives aside, a great person to work with."

    Jack Hubbard - CEO Propellernet

    “..When Leela was recommended we jumped right into her “wellbeing workshop” where she helped us to understand the full range of possibilities, looking not only at health and wellbeing of each of us, but our energy and engagement in the business too. We are now well into the recommended programme and are seeing fantastic results, including increased productivity and national and local awards for Healthiest Workplace and Best Employer…”

    Lucy - Global Programme Manager & Leadership Team

    "I came to Leela after my organisation saw a series of unexpected changes in resources, size and leadership. As a constant in the changing organisation, I felt overburdened with responsibility and workload and worries about the outlook of my organisation and my own wellbeing.

     

    Over six sessions, Leela has helped me to strengthen my own resilience and that of my team. Through talking to Leela I have to reflect on, and been empowered to address the challenges at work in relation to people, place and policies.

     

    Leela provided me with the tools and the space to become a resilient leader and I would recommend anyone wanting to strengthen their people management and adaptive capacities, or simply wanting to thinking through everyday challenge such as work-life balance."

    Shiva Prakash - Ayurvedic Teacher & Centre Leader

    "I never had such an experience before. I think many peoples in India need such coaching to take out their hidden dreams and show to them. And also showing them the possibilities and way forward.”

    Carrie Graham - OD Professional in NHS & Laughter Therapy Professional

    ":Leela brings clarity and vision to the projects she works on; she is an accomplished communicator who seeks to understand a client or collague's needs and work to help them accomplish their goals. She is a joyful, thoughtful individual and I look forward to working with her again."

    Hege SaebØrnsen - UnLtd Engagement Manager

    "We co-created a participatory strategic process to help create a visual strategy map for our stakeholders and enable a cross-functional team to participate in directly developing our future work with young social entrepreneurs. Having a well-considered process and visual tools on the day, followed by the visual illustrations as outputs post-workshop was extremely effective.

     

    I highly recommend Leela, who is professional, responsive, creative and innovate - and whom I hope to work with in upcoming projects."

    Langley Academy - Acting Head

    "We are delighted with the Leadership Development Programme in partnership The Langley Academy to demonstrate the skills of leadership, team work, communication and problem solving with 20 sixth form students. Over a hectic and very busy 2 days, students were taken through a series of tasks designed to develop their leadership skills and capabilities. Along with their mentors they were tasked to produce a presentation to over 120 of their peers and an invited expert panel on the theme of sustainability. Presentations had to be concise, relevant, interesting and informative; that they were, was hugely impressive and testament to the hard work of both the mentors, their ability to teach management skills and the enthusiasm and willingness of the students.

     

    The value of such events is underlined by student comments. All felt their confidence boosted, their ability to deal with stressful situations whilst keeping a level head, the value of team work and the need to look at issues positively. One student commented that the experience had opened her eyes to all kinds of possibilities and that she realised she had the ability to achieve her ambitions."

    Steve Gray - CEO Earthwatch

    " We greatly enjoyed working with Leela to create a visual representation of what we do; Leela really helped us think carefully about the how we wanted to share the artefact and who it was for – and this ensured the end result is great and represents us very well."

    Jane Burston - Environmental Leader

    "Leela is an excellent change manager who is comfortable working both at the strategic level and delving into the detail. She has a great talent for bringing people on board and ensuring everyone really feels listened to.”