Executive Management Programme

Henley Business School

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  • 10 days
  • blended

Henley Business School


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Who should attend

  • Senior executives (e.g. directors, heads of department) about to transition into roles with greater responsibility for driving their organisation's success
  • Those already in a general management role who want to expand their capabilities and leadership skills

We welcome participants from the private, public and third sectors.

About the course

Gain the strategic skills and mindset needed to drive organisational success and be an effective leader at the highest level with the Executive Management Programme.

  • Put your management and leadership skills to the test with workshops and a live consultancy exercise
  • Gain insight into your key management challenges with 1:1 coaching and 360-degree feedback
  • Learn to skilfully combine theory and practice to enable you to successfully formulate and roll out strategy
  • Strengthen your leadership mindset with interactive sessions on well-being, mindfulness and resilience

Programme Overview

Our Executive Management Programme (EMP) is an advanced management and leadership development course for experienced executives.

As well as developing your management skills, the course helps you to boost your self-confidence, stretch your thinking and strengthen your performance. It is ideal if you are moving from a functional/operational management role to a position with more responsibility across your organisation.

Delivered by business experts, academics and practitioners, the EMP balances the theory of key advanced management and leadership disciplines with practical application.

Key Benefits

For Individuals

Gain the insights to devise and implement effective strategy in your organisation

Develop the confidence to operate outside your comfort zone

Increase your ability to engage, inspire and influence

Prepare for a more senior management role or professional challenge

For Businesses

Develop effective, motivated and innovative leaders

Gain insights into the latest thinking on strategic business topics

Build a strong leadership framework

See return on investment through Henley's collaboration with a learning partner in your organisation. This person will understand and support the needs of the organisation and the participant, benefitting both

Course structure

The Executive Management Programme is delivered through a combination of workshops, role-play activities, coaching and self-awareness sessions. You will study as part of a small but diverse cohort of peers, learning from each other’s shared experiences.

The programme takes place over four months, as broken down below:

EMP: Pre-Programme (3-4 weeks)

Three to four weeks before your course starts, you will:

  • Collect 360-degree feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Identify a learning partner within your organisation to support you during the course
  • Discuss your learning objectives with our Programme Director

Choose your elective topics of study:

  • Module 1: Managing Business Risks or Managing Business Finances
  • Module 2: Driving Innovation or Building Market Focus

EMP: Module 1 (5 days residential)

Module 1 is delivered on site at Greenlands. These immersive, practical sessions focus on leading self, leading others, and leading the change process.

Topics include:

  • The changing face of leadership and management
  • Neuroscience and what it can teach us about leadership, decision-making and handling uncertain or complex situations
  • Business strategy and what it means for your organisation
  • Mindfulness and staying calm under pressure
  • Techniques to boost your own and your colleagues’ resilience
  • Holding difficult conversations

Content is delivered through a dynamic combination of workshops, role-play activities, 1:1 coaching, and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. You can also choose to wear a heart rate monitor for four days to learn how your heart rate variability (HRV) impacts your well-being and effectiveness.

EMP: Back In Organisation (8-10 weeks)

Between modules you will the opportunity to consolidate and apply the skills and techniques you have learned.

You will also have a 1:1 executive coaching session and additional reading during this time.

EMP: Module 2 (5 days residential)

Module 2 is delivered on site at Greenlands and focuses on leading organisations effectively.

Topics include:

  • The structure of effective organisations
  • How to mobilise an organisation towards a specific course of action
  • The skills for complex problem-solving
  • How to engage, inspire and influence others
  • Live-consultancy exercise
  • Action planning

The consultancy exercise is with a host organisation, normally a social enterprise, charity, or NGO. You will help them solve a particular business challenge, drawing from what you have learned on the programme to make recommendations.

EMP: Post-Programme Activities

To enable you to effectively implement your learning, support from the Programme Director and Henley continue after your course is completed.

This includes:

  • Embedding your personal action plan with support from your organisation's learning partner
  • Follow-up call with your Programme Director
  • 1:1 executive coaching session
  • Access to the virtual learning portal and resources for up to 12 months
  • Joining our alumni network


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