From Business Manager to Business Leader

Vlerick Business School Executive Education

Vlerick Business School Executive Education


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Who should attend

This programme assembles middle to senior executives, working in an international business context, looking to uplift their business acumen and sharpen their leadership skills amidst a group of peers from diverse industries and backgrounds. Typically, participants are working as a function or department manager or are already managing a business. They can look back on at least 12 years of working experience.

About the course

Elevate your cross-functional thinking and personal effectiveness

Go from experienced manager to successful leader - and return to your organisation with more energy, confidence, knowledge and a clear purpose.


This hands-on programme blends residential and online learning. You’ll take part in debates, activities and teamwork with participants from diverse industries and backgrounds, boosting your cross-functional thinking and expanding your business knowledge.

After the programme, you will…

  • Go beyond silo-thinking and understand the bigger picture
  • Master strategies to successfully negotiate with and influence others
  • Lead with authenticity and purpose
  • Have greater business expertise
  • Understand the power of building a networking of peers

How will your organisation benefit?

  • Immediate ROI: you’ll assess the status quo in your organisation and throughout the programme work to challenge and improve it
  • You’ll be more productive and make greater impact
  • You’ll be aware of your unique strengths and contributions – making you a more proactive and innovative leader


  • Three four-day residential modules – with three evening activities per module
  • Two online courses to prepare for lectures on strategy and finance
  • One online module on speaking with impact
  • In-company assignments to identify growth opportunities for your organisation
  • A follow-up, one-to-one coaching session – 1.5 hours either online or in person

This programme will challenge your thinking and give you the knowledge and tools to make an even greater impact on your organisation. We take a holistic approach – exploring your leadership ability, financial insights and strategic thinking and sharing thought-provoking insights and frameworks to help you take your organisation to new heights.

Before you start the programme, you’ll assess the status quo in your organisation and identify where you can make an impact. This will be your focus throughout. After each group session, there’s time to recap what we’ve covered and develop concrete actions to take in your organisation – so you can start getting a return on your investment immediately.

Develop your strategic skills

To help your organisation grow, you need to understand its core business activity and assess how it deals with an ever-changing market. We’ll share the models and concepts you need to identify crucial strategic issues and develop solutions. And we discuss strategy mapping and balance scorecards – using an interactive business <simulation to illustrate how you can manage your strategy and translate it into actions and results.

Sharpen your financial insights

Almost every decision you make has financial implications. You’ll learn to identify the story behind the numbers and how you can use it to make sound financial decisions. You’ll explore what financial statements reveal about an organisation – and dive into working capital management, financial planning, sources of financing and capital budgeting.

Embrace digitisation

Master the key principles of digital transformation and discover how to harness technology to give your organisation a competitive edge. In this hands-on session you’ll participate in a leadership game – experiencing first-hand the impact disruptive technologies can have on business. And you’ll explore digitisation from a customer’s perspective, looking at how it can affect their experience and how your organisation can respond.

Become an even better leader

Throughout the programme, you’ll get the toolkits and frameworks you need to drive results in your organisation. But you’ll also enhance your leadership skills so you can bring teams on the journey with you:

Impactful communication: Having a great idea is one thing – communicating it effectively is another (especially cross-departmental). We’ll explore how to use storytelling to sell your vision and what strategies you can use to influence the thinking and behaviour of others. The Negotiation Style Profile offers a simple framework for determining your negotiating style and the likely effect it has in negotiating situations.

Change agent: In today’s fast-paced world, organisations need to be ready to adapt. We’ll talk you through our Six Batteries of Change model – sharing insights into different levels of the change process and showing how you can create a positive environment for change.

Self-awareness: The 360 appreciative leadership tool will help you understand how your colleagues perceive you as a leader – and compare it with how you see yourself. You will leave the group coaching session with a concrete action. Then at the end of the programme, you’ll have an individual coaching session with your Vlerick coach to follow up on your progress.

Resilience: Mentally resilient leaders are happier and more productive – both for themselves and for their organisations. This session is designed to help you develop resilience and stay motivated in the face of change, complexity and increasing demands.

A network for life: The programme format gives you plenty of opportunities to share ideas and experiences with your fellow participants, so you can build a network you can rely on for the rest of your professional life.

Take on an innovation challenge

Everyone should be responsible for identifying opportunities to grow the organisation they work in. To do this, you need an entrepreneurial mindset – and this two-day innovation challenge is designed to help you develop one. With the support of our coaches, you’ll tackle a number of challenges for a specific non-profit. And at the end of the 2 days, you’ll develop a business case and pitch it to the organisation.


Kristof Stouthuysen

Kristof knows “how to be in control” by showing when and how strategic management accounting systems may assist suppliers in improving their performance. Kristof Stouthuysen is Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences (KU Leuven, Belgium). He currently works as Associate Professor of Accounting and Co...

Miguel Meuleman

Miguel is focusing on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He is passionate about the process and people behind new venture ideas.Miguel Meuleman studies how entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs successfully identify and exploit new opportunities. He looks at different aspects of the new v...

Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has worked as Assistant Professor in Corporate Finance at Erasmus and as Visiting Professor at Vlerick Business School. Currently he is Associate Professor in Corporate Finance at Vlerick and Visiting Professor at Erasmus...

Barney Jordaan

Barney Jordaan is professor of management practice at Vlerick. He holds a doctorate in law from Stellenbosch University, where he was professor of law until 1997 teaching employment, contract and intellectual property law. He thereafter taught negotiation at Stellenbosch University Business Schoo...

Bjorn Cumps

Bjorn Cumps is Professor of Management Practice at Vlerick Business School. He obtained his master degree in Commercial Engineering at KU Leuven in 2003. In 2007 he became Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences at KU Leuven after successfully defending his thesis on Business-ICT Alignment Practices ...

Karlien Vanderheyden

Karlien focusses on how we, as individuals, can impact the working processes and the performance of organisations.Karlien Vanderheyden studies the social intelligence of people and how individuals can enhance the performance of organisations through their own behaviour and the interaction with ot...

Carine Peeters

Professor Carine Peeters is Full Professor at Vlerick Business School. Before joining the School she worked as a faculty member at Université libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where she also obtained her Phd in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 Professor Peeters spent t...

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