Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
This programme is for senior leaders at or near the top of their organisation. This programme is for senior leaders at or near the top of their organisation. Typically, candidates will have held senior roles for at least 10 years.
You will be curious, motivated, and searching for solutions to the challenges facing your organisation and business and society more generally. Applying to the programme signals that you are ready to take stock of your own career, decide where you want to go next, and shape a lasting legacy.
You will be learning alongside people with roles including:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Member of the board
- Business or function head
- Managing Director
- Executive Director
- Senior Political Leader
- Senior Government Official
- Country Head
- Regional Director
About the course
A transformational leadership and general management programme for experienced senior leaders
You will discover and discuss the challenges facing business in the 21st century – from climate change and inequality to cybersecurity, AI, and the future of work. And you will explore specific responses and a long-term transformation that will allow you to turn today’s and tomorrow’s challenges into powerful opportunities.
The programme comprises six modules:
- Your proposed leadership initiative
- 21st-century challenges
- Your organisation’s purpose
- Your organisation’s performance challenge
- Your leadership initiative redesigned
Working alongside a diverse peer and faculty group at the cutting edge of organisations and industries worldwide, you will refocus your own leadership and stimulate a bold new strategic direction for your organisation, ensuring sustainable growth and societal impact built around an explicit purpose.
The Oxford Double Prism Model
The programme is based on the Oxford Double Prism Leadership Development Model, which is used to guide you through an intense process during which your leadership challenge and experience are carefully deconstructed, reflected on, strengthened and reconstructed.
This takes place in a highly collaborative learning environment. You will engage with leading academics and expert speakers who will offer a wide range of different perspectives on today’s leadership challenges. More importantly, you will discuss, debate, and test your responses to these perspectives with your fellow participants – senior leaders from around the world, representing a diverse mix of public and private sector organisations, and NGOs.
- A highly personalised development journey
- Your leadership style and values explored and stress-tested
- A deep understanding of the new global context
- Confidence to lead through complexity and navigate uncertainty
- Meaningful links and co-learning with an experienced group of global leaders
- Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network
To your business
- You return with new thinking and enthusiasm.
- You are better able to align context, purpose, and business strategy.
- You develop innovative ways to support future success.
- You encourage critical thinking and challenge the status quo.
- You open the door to impact through a global business community
There is a one-on-one application interview with the Programme Director to discuss your leadership initiative and to explore how the programme can assist you in achieving this. This is supported by executive psychometric and 360 feedback analysis.
Module 1: Your proposed leadership initiative
Your leadership initiative placed in today’s business, societal, and geopolitical contexts. Setting the trajectory to enhanced performance..
Module 2: 21st-century challenges
Insights from cutting-edge research and new perspectives on how leaders make sense of, and thrive through, rapid political, social, and economic change. Key topics include: trust in the digital economy; the impact of global events; and the climate emergency.
Module 3: Scenarios
Developing and using scenarios to systematically explore the potential impact of the 21st century challenges for organisations and your leadership initiative.
Module 4: Your organisation’s purpose
Working through a detailed analysis of the purpose of your organisation and the strategic choices it compels; resolving paradoxes between purpose and performance to combine doing the right thing for society with long-term commercial success.
Module 5: Your organisation’s performance challenge
Translating purpose into performance through topics such as leading digital transformation, financing large-scale investments, strategic negotiations, sustaining competitive advantage and superior performance; and diversification and sustainable growth.
Module 6: Your leadership initiative redesigned
Examining successful execution, including adaptive leadership, presence and mindset. Bringing everything together to finalise your ‘Leadership Playbook’ of personalised, contextualised, and fully stress-tested strategies; consolidating your learning and using it as a springboard for innovative thinking, with action plans that will take your new leadership initiative forward.
Participants leave the programme with a tangible Leadership Playbook ready to put into action. A follow up coaching session further consolidates learning. Participants are also invited to join the Oxford Business Alumni Network.
Sue Dopson is the Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, Associate Dean of Faculty at Saïd Business School, a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a noted specialist on the personal and organ...
Dr Marc Ventresca is an economic sociologist in the Strategy, Innovation and Marketing Faculty at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College. His areas of expertise include market and network formation, entrepreneurship, governance, and innovation an...
Andrew White is Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations at Saïd Business School and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. An experienced programme director, teacher and researcher, his areas of expertise include innovation management and leadership ...
Trudi is a global strategist working with leaders to support them with their strategic objectives. Her vision is to improve the state of the world through global conversations. She does this through her teaching, research and consulting, providing leaders with the frameworks and space to discove...
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