Senior executives that lead their organisations successfully through the fourth industrial revolution need a different mindset, skillset and a different approach to leadership than those that prevail in many leaders today. They will need to learn to tap into the full human potential of their workforces, letting go of the need to control everything, or to over-complicate. They need to foster a distributed leadership that leads across boundaries, freeing people at all levels to take the initiative. This programme will help challenge executives to lead in a way that is ‘fit-for-purpose’ in this disruptive age.

Course overview

Roffey Park’s Senior Leadership Development Programme blends a mix of residential workshops, executive coaching, action learning sets and organisational raids over a nine-month period, with a chance for participants to craft the programme as it progresses.

This programme is for you if you are…

  • A senior executive or Director in a corporation responsible for a headcount of up to 100 to 200 and a budget of £million plus
  • An executive board level or C-suite leader in an SME or likely to become one soon
  • Willing to go deep to challenge your own leadership and management paradigm and receive support and challenge from peer level colleagues from other organisations
  • Wanting to release the potential of your workforce to meet the challenges of operating in a complex and disruptive environment

Programme Summary

Roffey Park’s Senior Leadership Development Programme consists of five elements over the course of 9 months:

  • An initial three-day residential workshop
  • Executive Coaching
  • Three half day peer-to-peer support and challenge groups
  • Optional reciprocal organisational raids hosted by a fellow participant in their organisation
  • A final three-day residential workshop

The dates of the coaching will be agreed between participants and the tutor and the dates of the Catalyst Days will be set up by the group in the first residential.

Benefits for participants

  • Broader understanding of the senior leadership style that will help your organisation succeed in a disruptive age
  • Broadened perspectives
  • Knowledge of how to use dialogue to change the culture of your organisation and unleash the power and creativity of your workforce
  • Improved resilience and more effective use of your energy
  • Increased self-awareness of your presence, leadership strengths and vulnerabilities

Benefits for organisations

On completing your programme your senior executive will

  • Be more attuned to leading their organisation across boundaries and respond effectively in an age of uncertainty and disruption
  • A more agile and collaborative approach to leading change
  • Be more able to bring their strengths to the executive team and more aware of what can derail them
  • Be able to flex their style and lead in a way that empowers others to lead and find their ‘Voice’

Programme director

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Adrian Lock ,BSc (Hons), DipTM, DipCoach, MCIPD, CertMed
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When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham, Horsham 6 to Available £5500* N/A Book
Part One 3 to Available N/A N/A
Part Two 3 to Available N/A N/A

1.Three-day residential

The initial content will be based on three themes, the content after that will be decided by each cohort:

Leading with purpose

  • The Power of Purpose – the art of the deep question
  • People, Planet and Profit – the Triple Bottom Line – tapping into the 21st Century dividend
  • Global trends – mapping your scenarios, dangers and opportunities, crafting your response
  • Harnessing and aligning innovation and disruptive technologies

Creating followership behind a clear strategy and powerful vision

  • Sharpening your strategies – what key strategic questions are you neglecting?
  • Challenging traditional assumptions about what change is and how you lead it
  • Understanding complexity and social construction around change
  • Unleashing the untapped creative potential of dialogue
  • The secrets of organisations that thrive in uncertainty

Leading with presence

  • “Wu Wei” – The Art of Effortless Leadership – learning to dance
  • Culture shift – the Holy Grail of organisational leadership – the senior leader’s role
  • Power, Personality, Politics and Prejudice – understanding and working with group dynamics in management teams – what lies beneath and what to do about it
  • The role the body plays in our presence and it’s impact on our thoughts and feelings
  • How you might de-rail yourself and what to do about it


2. Executive Coaching (2 x 1 hour sessions)

The cost of the programme includes the cost of two-hour long telephone coaching sessions from the programme tutor that will be scheduled with you between the first and second residential workshops. Further coaching sessions may be taken up at an additional cost

3. Action Learning – the network effect of taking learning into action (3 x 0.5 day)

Participants will self-select into Action Learning Groups of four to six.  These groups will explore how they can engage others in the workplace (such as colleagues and direct reports) as they apply their learning from the programme and to do so in a way that socialises their leaning across the organisation.

4. Optional Catalyst Days – peer-to-peer action learning days (3 x 1/2 day)

This optional element of the programme entails the Action Learning Groups meeting at each other’s workplaces with the aim of getting inside the strategic challenges of an organisation that is very different from their own, developing fresh perspectives on your own strategic challenges and the development plans made on the first residential workshop. The group will decide which of the organisations represented by the group they will visit

5. Final residential workshop (3 days)

The topics that will be covered on this final workshop will be decided by the group based on the priorities it identifies. The workshop will also include a stocktake of the learning gathered over the nine months of the programme at an individual and organisational level and decisions as to how the group, and Roffey Park, might continue to support each individual in continuing their development.

Need to customise this?

If this or any other programme is not quite what you’re looking for, remember that our consultants can customise an existing programme, or create a totally new one to fit your context. We can also deliver our open or custom programmes in-house at your office or venue of your choice.

Talk to us to find out more: Telephone 01293 854059 or email