First Steps Into Leadership

Ashridge Executive Education

How long?

  • 7 days
  • blended

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Ashridge Executive Education


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Who should attend

High potentials who are on the path to soon become a manager or first-time managers who lead a team on a global, regional, or local level. This program is ideal for anyone who leads others, from any function, division or role.

About the course

This immersive program helps first-time managers successfully make the transition from a great contributor to an effective leader who guides a high-achieving team.

Using blended delivery as a core learning technique, with learning transfer in mind, you will make an immediate impact through organizational challenges and problem-based learning. This program provides a supportive learning journey with sessions, activities, practical organizational challenges, data, self-study content, peer coaching, and faculty input spread across 16 weeks.

For each core topic and learning objective, you will follow Hult EF’s proven methodology: experience + framework + application. You will apply the concepts, frameworks, and experiences to an organizational challenge; outline future development; and demonstrate to yourself, program peers and your organization that your learning has been immediately applied.

More about the program

This program incorporates numerous elements of experiential learning. This includes research from the Round the World Yacht Race, as well as individual data collected while wearing a heart rate variance monitor. Participants receive feedback on the HRV data that shows their physiological reactions to stress, and they learn methods they can use to stay calm under pressure.

What you will learn

  • Understand and use core leadership competencies
  • Create psychological safety within teams
  • Build, develop and maintain high-performing teams
  • Navigate pressure and interpersonal conflict effectively
  • Have foundational coaching conversations with team members

Online Learning

For participants with complex schedules and frequent commitments, the self-paced approach helps them navigate a full calendar and put the Open Program learnings first when it works best. This style helps participants avoid going through the motions of the course and instead focus on learning when they have the capacity to do so.

Blended Learning

Blended Open Programs seamlessly combine self-study content, residential modules, and live virtual sessions to provide a lasting and impactful learning experience. Online learning is a compulsory aspect of the programs, which begin with a minimum of four virtual workshops.


Sona Sherratt

Sona Sherratt is a faculty member at Ashridge where she designs, teaches and client directs on several executive education programmes with clients such as SAB Miller, Swarovski, Heineken, Erste Group Bank, Avis, Renew and Continental. Sona has designed and delivered senior leadership and general ...

Max Neal

Max is an undergraduate Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School, an MSc Applied Neuroscience student at King’s College, London and Head of Biometric Analysis at Hult-Ashridge Executive Education. His specialist research area is the use of Heart Rate Variance (HRV) to measure and ...

Trudi West

Trudi works with organisations, teams and individual leaders to help them develop what it takes to thrive, and work out what might be getting in their way. She regularly challenges people to ask why they do what they do and develops their capability to test their own assumptions about the opportu...

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First Steps Into Leadership at Ashridge Executive Education

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