Key facts

Programme fee:

£7,395 + VAT (including residential costs)

Programme length:

Module 1: 5.5 days

Module 2: 1 day


Upcoming dates

Programme Overview

A distinctive and transformative leadership programme

Often chosen by experienced leaders who have been through other development programmes, this totally experiential programme shuns the traditional classroom approach of theory and case studies.

The learning is generated by ‘doing’ leadership

Through two face-to-face modules at Henley, participants work in small peer-groups on leadership tasks, receiving direct and honest feedback in a closed environment.

This experiential experience and the real-time insights received have an immediate impact on self-awareness and leadership soft skills. You will:

  • See yourself as others see you
  • Understand how to inspire and motivate the team you lead
  • Witness the impact of different leadership approaches and reactions
  • Engage in discussions about organisational culture and implementing change.

Profoundly challenging, this experience encourages a depth of personal development and change that goes beyond most other leadership programmes.

Who is the Advanced Personal Leadership Programme for?

Senior leaders or ambitious middle managers who aspire to leadership and who have already completed some form of leadership development.

Programme content

The Advanced Personal Leadership Programme is based on the belief that, whatever else they do, leaders need to have the self-awareness and emotional intelligence to work with others in an effective and inspiring way. Therefore this programme creates a space where leaders will explore and address these issues.
Its uniqueness lies in the way this is achieved and the depth of exploration and profound conversations that take place.

Totally experiential

Leaders operate in an environment of ambiguity and uncertainty and, in order to reflect this context, the programme is quite deliberately not taught, it is totally experiential.

During this programme you will learn by ‘doing leadership’ rather than discussing theory and case studies. The challenges you will manage during the week at Henley enable you to receive direct feedback, and coaching, on your behaviour, strengths and areas for development.

Pre-programme: leadership assessment and access to resources

You will be asked to complete a 360° leadership questionnaire, the results of which will help clarify your areas for development during the programme.
As part of the programme joining instructions you will receive access to an online learning portal, including resources such as leadership books and journals online. This access continues for up to 12 months from enrolment.

Module 1 at Henley: Leading individuals, teams and organisations

You will join with others to create a temporary organisation that has to tackle real challenges and dilemmas. All responsibility for managing the issues, the opportunities and the difficulties that arise rests with programme participants. This format allows all participants to consider the challenges of being part of an organisation, including the opportunity to experiment with different styles of leadership, ways of behaving and influencing.

You will face issues including:

  • Power and influence
  • Motivation
  • Authority
  • Conflict
  • Alliances
  • Negotiation
  • Competition.

You will return to your organisations with a better understanding of these underlying issues and an improved ability to respond to and manage them.

Feedback and coaching

A team of consultants work with participants; they give continuous, direct and supportive feedback based on their observations
Towards the end of module 1 you will have a 1:1 coaching session, to develop a plan of action for your return to work
Additional coaching can be provided by Henley if required.

Module 2 and post-programme: Development impact

  • During the final half-day of module 1 you will complete a development plan, to take back to your workplace
  • You will return to Henley two months later for module 2, a follow-up day for you to review progress, including a further 1:1 coaching session
  • Many groups continue to meet regularly after the programme for continued support and to review their challenges.

Benefit from ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:

  • Access to resources from the online learning portal for up to 12 months
  • Henley alumni status.


For participants

Successful leaders know themselves. Participants leave the programme having discovered not only new skills but also renewed self-belief, courage and authority, and a significant growth in confidence. For many this programme represents a real transformation in their leadership and a significant turning point in their career.

Development outcomes are specific to each individual, including:

  • Improved ability to recognise, diagnose and manage challenging and sensitive issues within teams and your organisation
  • Using the confidential environment to experience real-time feedback, coaching and peer-to-peer discussions on alternative ways to manage senior leadership challenges
  • Becoming part of a network of leaders from diverse backgrounds who will continue to share ideas and solutions after the programme.

See the Henley Open Programmes brochure for more learning points and outcomes.

For organisations

We recognise that successful organisations require not just skilled, but intellectually and emotionally sophisticated leaders too. In mirroring many of the unpredictable challenges that leaders face, and giving participants the opportunity to explore and reflect on them, this programme significantly changes a participant's ability to respond effectively.

The programme brings together a network of peers, leaders from diverse industry backgrounds, who will share their challenges during the programme, and who are likely to continue as an important support network, for your executive, into the future.

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Offers & Discounts

Alumni discount

  • 10% reduction on programme fee for Henley alumni
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership

For more information please contact

Multiple bookings

When booking multiple open programmes which are paid for upfront, the following discount structure applies:

  • 2-4 people = 10% reduction
  • 5-9 people = 15% reduction
  • 10+ people = 20% reduction

A 50% discount is available to employees of UK registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion; to confirm eligibility please contact

Please note: Only one discount can apply.

One-day HR Masterclasses do not qualify for this multiple bookings fee reduction.



The Henley Experience

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Experience is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.