Life Leadership Programme

Leadership is a lifestyle

It affects everything you do. Are you willing to invest and grow your leadership ability? The Friends International Life Leadership Programme is a unique opportunity for international students who want to rise to the challenge of leadership. Learn invaluable lessons for all contexts of life and embark on the life-changing journey of leadership growth.

The story of Life Leadership

Hi. My name is Douglas and I lead the Friends International Life Leadership Programme.

About 5 years ago I came across some research that inspired and challenged me. The Deloitte Human Capital Capability Gap is a piece of research that revealed a growing need within all levels of the workplace, in every nation of the world, for leadership.

Leadership is a life-skill for everyone

Leadership training is often associated with business and management but the more we thought about it, the more we saw that leadership is a life-skill for everyone, regardless of career, culture or context.

We also realised that leadership takes time to grow through simple daily habits, and the sooner we start the journey of growth, the greater chance we have of becoming a great leader in life.

So, we embarked on a 4-year journey of developing a leadership training programme for students at University who have most of their adult lives ahead of them. We had a particular interest in designing a programme that applies to students from all cultures and no matter what subject they are studying or want to do after their studies.

The Life Leadership Programme was born

Fast forward to 2019 and the Friends International Life Leadership programme was born.

Life Leadership is designed to help you discover and develop your leadership skills.

You will be challenged to see beyond your immediate world. It will enrich your studies, your career and your confidence in all aspects of your life.

We draw from the inspiring stories of past and present great leaders in addition to our own personal experience in the field of leadership.

Programme Overview

Life Leadership Course

Our Life Leadership Short Course covers 6 foundational leadership principles through engaging and interactive 90min classes. You will learn key leadership skills that can be applied to all aspects of your life.

Life Leadership Weekend Away

Our Weekend Away is your opportunity to develop practical leadership skills through a teaching and group exercises that are fun and insightful. You will be encouraged, inspired and challenged to grow with confidence and vision.

The Friends International Life Leadership Programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM). TILM are the “leaders in leadership”, combining years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all. Participation in the Friends International Life Leadership programme is a recognised pathway to individual membership with TILM.

Life Leadership provided a new perspective on what it means to be a leader and has helped me become one."

Charles, China

Life Leadership helped me bring out some key weaknesses which I have walked with for years be never really thought about."

George, Ghana

These lessons have totally changed my views of a leader: have great vision; go before followers and invite them to join you; hold a humble and brave heart; use a positive way to influence the people surrounding you."

Linn, China

Life Leadership Certification Requirements

The Life Leadership Programme awards a certificate of participation to all students who participate in some or all of our programme elements. There are three certification levels; bronze, silver and gold.

About Friends International

Friends International is a Christian charity which serves international students in practical, social, spiritual and professional ways through a wide variety of programmes. Life Leadership is built on our Christian values of hospitality, love and care for the outsider. Our vision is to invest value in the lives of international students while they study in the UK, with respect and a belief in their potential practically, socially, spiritually and professionally.

I 100% recommended the course because it is a refreshment of values that you can practice in real life."

It allowed me to have some very interesting conversations with other people and encouraged to learn more about myself. It is definitely an opportunity that you might not get anywhere else."

I’ve never enjoyed a training so much like this. It was much beyond my expectation."

It made me think about and consider a lot of things that I usually would just let be. It made me take a deeper look into myself as a person."

Contact Us


The Rowan Centre,
All Nations Christian College,
Easneye, Ware,
Hertfordshire SG12 8LX​