High Performance Leadership Programme

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This is a 5-day adventure in which you will discover your leadership capacity and how you can take on the diverse demands of leadership within your organisation. We will be addressing strategic decision making and how to handle the complex inter-personal dynamics that go hand in hand with being influential. Each day has a different theme and each theme is explored in a practical and participative style so that you will be engaged throughout and be able to take the learning and apply it in your organisation on your return to work.

The course has been designed with talented executives in mind who now find themselves in significant leadership roles and want to become exceptional leaders who are equally at ease with the ‘hard’ business issues and the ‘soft’ people skills. It is delivered by two highly experienced instructors who have taught in world-class business schools and held leadership roles themselves in the commercial world.

Join us on this course and become a leader who can:

  • Connect with their inner strength by knowing what kind of leader they are and how to leverage their value
  • Speak to inspire and motivate others
  • Recognise political activity and know how to deal with it
  • Be comfortable with their power and authority as a leader
  • Handle conflict situations with skill and diplomacy
  • Can lead transformational change within the company and in the marketplace
  • Create a vision and develop a mission and strategic plans to fulfil the organisation’s purpose
  • Understand what drives financial performance and competitive advantage
  • Use analytical tools to design and build a strategy
  • Link strategy with corporate governance
  • Embed an ethical framework into the organisation’s culture


This is a highly-participative approach incorporating case-studies, questionnaire analysis, group exercises, role plays, presentations, discussion groups - with a short lecture underpinning each topic. This ensures that you are well-informed and also, through discussion with fellow participants, have a broader understanding of how things often work in practice. Research suggest that most managers learn best through active involvement and that is our approach. We also believe in application of learning to real work issues so will be encouraging you to try things out on your ‘back-home’ scenarios before you leave so that you are well-prepared to make things happen on your return.

The working day is 9.00 am - 5.30 pm.  There will be some individual preparation work for some of the sessions (e.g. reading case studies, completing a questionnaire).

Course Content

Each of the five days has its own theme and builds on what has gone before. As we believe that you can’t lead anyone else until you can lead yourself we start with exploring your leadership profile based on your personality and experience (Day I). We then look at your leadership context - your organisation - its purpose, vision, values - and the people who work in it - stakeholders, culture. This is a vehicle for exploring strategic leadership in its broader sense (Day 2). Next we put the two together and look at your own strategic challenge and how you can plan how to deal with it and ensure a smooth implementation (Day 3). Now you are ready for action so we examine how you communicate to get buy-in and motivate people to support you (Day 4). Finally, change is about to happen so just how do you lead transformational change? (Day 5) We end the week with your Personal Leadership Development Plan which will keep this journey on track for your continued career success.

Who should attend

This course is designed for people in senior roles who carry broad responsibility for significant parts of the organisation. People look to them for direction and decisions. They may be:

  • Executives who are new to strategic-level leadership
  • Experienced leaders who find themselves in a role that is growing quickly and want to prepare themselves for the new challenges ahead
  • Directors and Vice-Presidents who want to refresh their knowledge base and skill set with like-minded executives from other organisations so that they stay up-to-date and on top of their situation
  • Professionals who have risen to top jobs in their firm or company and need to expand their scope of operation


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Dr Jacquie Drake
The Course Director has been a faculty member at Cranfield School of Management in the UK for over 25 years, where she founded and led the Praxis Centre for leadership development, and is now a Visiting Fellow. She is also visiting faculty at the Mannheim Business School, Germany, and Professor of Communications at the Cyprus International Institute of Management.
In parallel with her academic work, she has over 20 years’ experience consulting internationally to a wide range of organisations and individuals in the business world speaking at conferences, delivering leadership development courses and workshops, facilitating senior level off-site strategy meetings and team-builds, and undertaking individual mentoring and coaching at Director level.
Lance Moir- guest speaker
The Guest Speaker has over 30 years’ financial experience as CFO, Corporate Financier and Treasurer in international companies. He had been CFO of WIN plc and Executive Director of IMImobile, Group Finance Director of First Choice Holidays PLC, Director of Corporate Finance at Bass PLC and Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy at Storehouse PLC. He currently has a portfolio career as an adviser, Non Executive Director and management educator. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, where he was on the full time faculty, and is a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Henderson Global Trust PLC.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company's exact requirements? If you'd like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company's office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course.

To find out more about running this course in-house:

Our Tailored Learning Offering

If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We'll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

We can offer any of our public courses delivered at your office or we can devise completely tailored solutions:

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Day 1


Welcome and Introductions 

  •  Meet your new colleagues for the week
  • Share learning objectives

The Leadership Challenge

  • Expectations of organisations and society
  • ‘Top Ten’ leadership qualities
  • Winning attitudes and assumptions
  • Your current leadership challenge

The Role of Feedback for Leadership Development
Most leaders complain of not getting enough feedback - this week you’re going to get lots!

  • Why does it matter?
  • How to get feedback
  • How to give feedback

Your Leadership Style

  •  Which leadership behaviours come naturally to you?
  • Who do you need on your team?
  • How does your style impact your relationships?

Questionnaire Analysis and in-depth discussions on your leadership profile completed on-line before the course. We will examine your results and identify how you can use them to become a powerful and authentic leader within your organisation.

  • How could your style create leadership problems for you?

Listening for Leaders

  • The secret ingredient for building loyalty and respect
  • Listening beyond the words
  • Group exercise

Live Issues from the Workplace

  • Sharing personal mini ‘case studies’ on issues of current concern
  • Small group solution-seeking exchange of experiences


Day 2


What are the Organisation’s Objectives?

Introduction to Strategy and the Organisation

  • Where does strategy come from?
  • What’s the purpose of the organisation?
  • Who matters to the organisation?
  • Introduction to stakeholders
  • Managing the environment


  • Understanding and identifying stakeholders
  • Prioritising stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Mapping

Case Study: EDF
Identifying stakeholders – and their needs

Setting the Vision and Mission for the Organisation

  • Statements of vision and mission
  • Corporate values
  • Establishing objectives
  • SMART objectives

Exercise: Comparing mission and vision statements
We review your own organisational mission statements

Linking Financial Objectives to Wider Objectives

Aligning Strategies

  • Introduction to value drivers
  • Need for sustainable competitive advantage
  • Identifying sources of competitive advantage

Public Share Markets and Share Prices

  • Linking financial performance to share prices
  • Understanding fundamental value
  • The difference between firm performance and share price performance

Case Study: Royal Mail Group: Reviewing share price and analyst report to determine strategy
The Power of Organisational Culture

  • What is culture?
  • Benign and toxic cultures
  • The leader’s role in making and breaking organisational cultures

Culture Web Exercise: Analyse your existing culture and identify where change is needed to reach your desired culture. Create a working environment to support and empower your people to get great results.




Exploring the Challenge

  •  The purpose of my organisation
  • Levels of strategy – corporate, business unit and operational
  • Determinants of strategy
  • Sources of data and implementing strategy

Strategic Analysis and Strategic Choice

  • Understanding the business environment
  • Understanding strategic capability
  • The implications for leadership

Exercise: Case Study WIN plc
Issues comparing the market and the need for change

Designing and Implementing Strategy

  • Analytic tools and techniques to design and build the strategy
  • Integrating financial strategy into current operational plans and priorities

Corporate Governance and Linking to Strategy

  • Structuring the organization to fit the strategy
  • Understanding governance
  • The UK Corporate Governance Code 2010 - main principles
  • The Companies Act 2006 - Directors responsibilities in law
  • Systems of internal control

Case Study and Discussion: Prominent failures in corporate governance

Business Ethics and Leading the Organisation

  • Identifying an ethical framework
  • Corporate culture and personal responsibility
  • Appreciating importance of behaviours
  • Connecting business values and ethical values
  • Setting the ethical framework

Exercise: Designing am ethical and governance framework for the strategy


Day 4


Influencing Skills

  • Strategies for influence
  • Managing your personal power
  • The yin and yang of communication
  • Using your leadership style to communicate

Inspirational Speaking

  • Secrets of the speech-writers
  • Having ‘stage’ presence
  • Making the most of your voice
  • Using body language
  • Find your passion

Exercise: Inspirational Speaking: you will learn how to write and deliver an inspirational speech with the opportunity to try it out and receive feedback and coaching.

Conflict Handling

Seeds of Conflict

  • Anticipating danger
  • Noticing the warning signs
  • Political behaviour and political players
  • How conflict escalates

Handling Conflict

  • Finding your role
  • Taking multi-perspectives
  • Unpicking the stories
  • Choosing the right approach
  • Finding sustainable solutions

Video Cases and Role Playing Exercises: you will be able to test out your skills for handling conflict and discuss the kinds of conflict situations you may encounter.

Day 5


Case Study:
Can Bill Bratton overcome the four hurdles to change?

Leading Transformational Change

  • The nature of change
  • Why people resist change
  • How to get buy-in for change

Personal Case Study: you have the chance to apply the learning to a case from your own experience and discuss it in your small group. Each group will summarise their learning in plenary and identify the next steps to be taken

  • The 8 steps to successful organisational change

Sustaining Success

  • Making change stick
  • Maintaining commitment
  • Leaving a living legacy

Coaching on Live Issues

  • Consolidating the learning
  • Application to your issue
  • Next steps
  • Taking a reality check
  • Commitment to action

Personal Leadership Development Plans

  • Identifying the critical areas of your leadership that you can strengthen and build upon
  • Deciding how to build new behaviours into your work life
  • Recognising the supporters that you have as a leader and how you can develop those relationships
  • Committing to the most inspiring and energising insight that you have had this week that will take your leadership to a new level

 Course summary and close

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product