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Developing Executive Leadership Skills



The success of an organisation can often be attributed to determined, focused and motivated leaders who are able to see the big picture and advocate guiding principles, while responding to operational challenges.

Irrespective of changes to goals, strategies or types of work, leaders must be able to sustain surge and velocity in fast changing markets. This intensive course will focus on providing delegates with key skills to become a strategist, communicator and coach to achieve organisational goals and lead others.

Who should attend

This course is designed for all professionals who are assuming responsibility for leading others or those aspiring to those positions. It will benefit all those who require strong decision-making skills and the ability to lead and motivate their team.


Appreciating executive leadership challenges

  • Differentiating between leadership and management
  • Developing knowledge of your personal executive leadership style
  • Building on the four-factor model of effective executive leadership to develop trust
  • Leading beyond boundaries

Strategic elements of executive leadership

  • Defining purpose, vision, mission and values
  • Focusing on the “big picture” envisioning the future
  • Creating a personal vision statement to set your “true north”
  • Understanding organisation politics, networks and planning to overcome them

Understanding and managing others in your team

  • Model the behaviour you want to see in others: Lead by example
  • Challenges of managing managers
  • Setting targets and managing performance
  • Giving positive and negative feedback
  • Coaching and mentoring others

Leadership communication

  • Achieving results through the appropriate communication style
  • Strategies and tactics to get the right message across and understood
  • Running a boardroom meeting effectively
  • Communicating upwards, downwards and across the organisation
  • Reducing the ambiguity, uncertainty and “fake news”

Executive decision-making

  • Defining levels and styles of decision making for challenging situations
  • Recognising and reducing cognitive biases that can impact your organisation,
  • Making difficult decisions and taking responsibilities for the consequences
  • Collective decision making vs Individual decision making

At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Develop own personal leadership style
  • Understand and utilise the strategic elements of executive leadership
  • Develop greater self-awareness
  • Improve performance through coaching and mentoring
  • Successfully communicate at all levels
  • Confidently give and receive feedback
  • Make effective executive decisions
  • Create an executive leadership development plan

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