Advanced Personal Leadership Programme

Key facts

Programme fee:

£6,950 + VAT (including residential costs)

Programme length:

Module 1: 5.5 days

Module 2: 1 day

Programme Overview

Successful leaders know themselves. Whether, as a senior leader, you are leading a large multinational organisation or creating a high performance team, The Advanced Personal Leadership Programme will help you transform your leadership ability. Profoundly challenging, this programme will develop not only your leadership skills but also your understanding of how to use these skills to inspire outstanding performance in a team or organisation. A totally experiential programme with a very different way of working that achieves a depth of personal growth and change that goes beyond most other leadership programmes.

Real issues of power and influence, motivation and authority are experienced and have to be managed, as are issues of conflict, alliances, negotiation and competition. Delegates return to their organisations with a better understanding of these underlying issues and an improved ability to respond to and manage them.

Who is the programme for?

This totally experiential programme is aimed at directors and senior leaders.

Benefits to the individual

Pre-and post-programme assessment

Prior to the programme, delegates will be asked to complete a 360° leadership questionnaire, the results of which will help them to clarify their areas for development during the programme. This, in addition to the feedback during the week, will form the basis of the development plan to be completed during the final half-day and taken back to the workplace. 

Delegates leave the programme having discovered not only new skills but also renewed self-belief, a greater sense of 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.

Specific development outcomes are tailored to each individual but will include:

• Experimenting with  different styles of leadership, ways of behaving and influencing
• 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
• Renewed self-belief, a greater sense of courage, confidence and authority.

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Benefits to the organisation

Today’s organisations are complex and challenging places to work. They require not just skilled, but intellectually and emotionally sophisticated leaders who are prepared to meet new or unpredictable challenges within the organisation. In mirroring many of these challenges and giving participants the space, time and opportunity to explore and reflect on them, the programme significantly changes a participant's ability to understand and respond to teams and stakeholders within an organisation, and to transform the groups they lead. The programme also creates a network of like-minded leaders from diverse backgrounds who can come together to share issues and challenges far into the future. 

The Advanced Personal Leadership Programme is unlike any other leadership programme. It is based on the belief that, whatever else they do, leaders need to know themselves and to have the emotional intelligence to work with others in an inspiring way. This requires both confidence and courage. The Henley Advanced Personal Leadership Programme creates a space where leaders can address these issues. Its uniqueness lies in the way this is achieved and the depth of personal exploration and profound conversations that take place.

Totally experiential

Leaders need to be able to operate in an environment of ambiguity and uncertainty and this programme is therefore quite deliberately not taught, it is totally experiential. Delegates learn by doing leadership rather than talking about it. The challenges delegates have to manage during the week at Henley enable them to receive feedback and coaching on behaviour, strengths and areas for development.

Leading individuals, teams and organisations

Delegates join with others to create a temporary organisation that has to tackle real challenges and dilemmas. The responsibility for managing the issues, the opportunities and the difficulties that arise rests with the delegates. This temporary organisation allows delegates to consider the challenges of being part of an organisation. Real issues of power and influence, motivation and authority are experienced and have to be managed, as are issues of conflict, alliances, negotiation and competition. Delegates return to their organisations with a better understanding of these underlying issues and an improved ability to respond to and manage them.

Feedback, coaching and follow-up

A team of consultants works continuously with the group to further its development. In the small groups in which much of the work is done, individuals have the opportunity to examine their behaviour and to experiment with different ways of behaving within the programme. Feedback is continuous , direct and supportive and based on real-time , here and now behaviour.

Towards the end of the programme each participant has a 1:1 coaching session to develop a plan of action for their return to work. Participants return to Henley two months later for a follow-up day to review progress with the group and a further one-to-one coaching session. Many groups continue to meet regularly after the programme for continued support and challenge. Additional coaching can be provided by Henley if required.

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  GreenlandsWhen 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% discount on programme fee for Henley alumni

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 registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion and to confirm eligibility please contact




The Henley Way

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Way 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 Way 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, please contact our programme advisors, Hannah, Ruhi & Diana by email at or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.