Senior Leadership Development Programme

Leadership for the 21st Century

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We deliver this programme face to face at one of our venues in the UK, Ireland and Singapore. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We deliver this programme through interactive online sessions which are facilitated live. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We deliver this in your organisation as an in-house programme for teams or as part of a wider tailored development programme. To find out more contact us


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

  • 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 organisation
  • Wanting to release the potential of your workforce to meet the challenges of operating in a complex and disruptive environment
  • 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
  • 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’

Massive insight into myself, my capability and my potential. I felt so much more attached to and involved in the experience than I ever thought I could. I learned more about myself and my potential than I ever thought possible.

Philippa Richards Learning and Development Manager, NFU Mutual

Programme Outline

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.

Day 1: The Senior Leader in Context

Introductions to the programme, to each other
Leading in your context
  • what does it mean to lead in your context? What are your challenges
Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn
  • the network effect of taking learning to action
  • forming the learning sets
Leading with Purpose
  • Logical levels of Strategy
  • The Power of Purpose
  • The Art of the Deep Question
  • People, Planet & Profit – the Triple Bottom Line
  • Global trends – mapping your scenarios, risks and opportunities, crafting your response

Day 2: The 21st Century Strategic Leader

Sharpening your strategies
  • what key strategic questions are you neglecting
Embracing Emergence and Uncertainty in Strategy
  • Learning from the strategies of those that thrive in complexity and uncertainty
Wu Wei – the art of effortless leadership
  • Fostering simplicity and trust
  • The art of ‘Getting out of their way’ – developing simple rules
Articulating a compelling, shared vision and creating a followership
  • why should anyone follow you?

Day 3: The Adaptive Change Leader

Adaptive Leadership
  • Adaptive vs Technical Challenges
  • Adaptive Leadership Principles
  • Working with an Adaptive Change Process
The Dialogic Leader
  • Unleashing the creative power of dialogue in change
  • Taking and extending the learning into your organisation
  • Planning your next steps

Three half day peer-to-peer support and challenge groups with optional reciprocal organisational raids hosted by a fellow participant in their organisation.

Day 1: Strategic Learning Stocktake

Learning review from Phases 1 & 2
  • what have you learned?
  • What has your organisation learned?
Navigating complexity
  • Power, Personality, Politics and Paradox
  • Being aware of your de-railers and what to do about them
  • Leading for culture shift – the senior leader’s role

Day 2: Leading for Innovation

  • Innovation Workshop
  • Fostering an innovation culture
Mindsets for innovation
  • The Power of Parallel Thinking

Day 3: Leading with Presence

The Power of your Presence
  • Becoming more aware of your leadership presence
  • Your ‘Three Brains’ and how to harness them
The Resilient Senior Leader
  • Looking after yourself – resisting the ‘Tops overload’
  • Finding and maintaining executive balance
Maintaining momentum
  • Planning your next steps


Programme Duration

Five elements over the course of nine months

  • Initial three day work shop
  • Executive Coaching
  • Three half day peer-to-peer support and challenge groups
  • Optional reciprocal organisational raids hosted by fellow participants in their organisation
  • A final three day workshop
  • Sessions will begin at 9am (GMT).

We offer a limited number of discounted places to registered charities, please contact our client services to find out more

COVID-19 measures to help you book with confidence

Roffey Park is taking bookings for face-to-face programmes starting from September onwards. You can book in confidence, safe in the knowledge that if government restrictions prevent your attendance, we will either reimburse you in full or book you onto a later, suitable start date. We are also able to offer a range of facilitated, online learning modules on an open, in-house or bespoke basis, please contact us to find out more.

How to Contact Us


+44 (0) 1293 854042

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In Europe


+353 (0) 87188 3370

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In Asia Pacific


+65 6386 0590

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