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High Performance Leadership (live-online)

At a glance

  • Understand how to make the most of the leadership skills in your team
  • Develop self-awareness of your leadership style and its impact
  • Explore how to develop leadership in others
  • Increase your understanding of resilience and how to sustain it
  • Learn live-online as well as through self-study and one-to-one coaching
Subject area(s)
Short course
£2,495 + VAT
Course length
6 weeks total, including 1 x 2.5 hour live-online facilitated session (11.30-14.00) and 3 x 2 hour live-online facilitated sessions (12.00 - 14.00) and 3 x personal coaching sessions
Suitable for
Middle and senior level managers and leaders

Start dates

24 Sep 2024

Delivery: Live-online
Location: Online,

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18 Feb 2025

Delivery: Live-online
Location: Online,

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20 May 2025

Delivery: Live-online
Location: Online,

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23 Sep 2025

Delivery: Live-online
Location: Online,

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Set dates have been allocated for the NEO feedback and coaching sessions and will be confirmed at the time of booking.

All programmes are subject to limited availability. We recommend booking a minimum of 6 weeks before the programme start date, to guarantee sufficient time for your enrolment and on-boarding.


During the High Performance Leadership programme you will discover that to be a complete leader, you need to be aware of your limitations and draw on the diversity of your team.

The programme explores how no one individual has the complete set of leadership skills. It enables you to identify and reflect on your natural leadership style, personality and behaviours. Then, with the support of a professional coach, you will agree on areas for development where your leadership shows potential or is fragile.

The programme is built around the Primary Colours® model, developed over 25 years of research by the Programme Director. This simple, memorable model helps clarify which leadership roles suit you and the tasks you need to perform to meet your specific leadership challenges.

Key benefits

  • Develop confidence in your capabilities as a leader and know when to draw from others

  • Gain a clear and coherent understanding of your leadership strengths and limitations

  • Recognise the inter-dependencies between strategic, operational and interpersonal leadership

£2,495 + VAT


Standard rate VAT is applicable for UK businesses; overseas businesses based in the EU without a VAT number; and individuals based in the UK, EU, or rest of the world.

The High Performance Leadership programme is delivered through a mix of live-online learning and self study. It includes three one-to-one coaching/feedback sessions to help you understand your leadership style as well as how you can use your capabilities to make your workplace more agile and collaborative.

Modules 1-4 are delivered live-online by the Programme Director, requiring a commitment to key points during the programme. These interactive sessions allow participant discussion and encourage you to share your leadership experience and challenges.

The study requirements prior to and between modules are completed in your own time, with the coaching sessions arranged at a mutually convenient time.

The Primary Colours® model

The programme is built around the Primary Colours® model, developed over 25 years of research by the Programme Director.

This simple, memorable model maps out the three overlapping domains in which leaders work - the strategic, operational, and interpersonal domains. It helps to clarify which leadership roles suit you and enables you to balance leadership capabilities across your team and organisation.

It is also task-focused, helping you define what you need to do as a leader to meet your specific challenges.

Programme content

The programme runs over six weeks:

Before the course begins, you will:

  • Reflect on your leadership challenges
  • Complete the required pre-reading

In this module you will:

  • Identify the challenges leaders face
  • Review the Primary Colours® approach to leadership
  • Look at the evidence that led to the formulation of the model

Before the next module begins, you will:

  • Undertake self-lead learning including video, e-materials and reading
  • Complete an NEO personality assessment and 360-degree feedback
Academic authors
David Pendleton Updated Photo
Professor David Pendleton

In this module you will explore:

  • Personality in leadership
  • The tasks of leadership and how they relate to each other
  • Using NEO and 360 to build insight into how your personality helps and hinders the accomplishment of leadership tasks

Before the next module begins, you will take part in two personal coaching sessions with an accredited coach. During the sessions you will receive feedback on your NEO and 360 and understand the impact of these findings on your leadership performance.

Academic authors
David Pendleton Updated Photo
Professor David Pendleton

In this module you will put your leadership approach into practice and identify your capabilities as a leader.

Before the next module begins, you will:

  • Discuss team leadership and the complimentary differences in your workplace with your colleagues
  • Take part in one further coaching session on the implications of working with a team
Academic authors
David Pendleton Updated Photo
Professor David Pendleton

In this module you will:

  • Explore how to overcome hindrances to implementation
  • Identify your developmental opportunities
  • Understand resilience and practical suggestions on how to sustain it
Academic authors
David Pendleton Updated Photo
Professor David Pendleton

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Programme Director David Pendleton is a psychologist who has spent his life working with real teams on real issues. He is the senior author of the book Leadership – All You Need to Know. He is also the originator of the Primary Colours® model, which stems from research evidence and his decades as a consultant helping leadership teams improve their performance. David has also operated as HR Director of a FTSE 100 company.

Jon Cowell is a researcher, writer, teacher and practitioner in leadership. His core expertise lies in assessing and developing leaders and leadership teams, executive coaching and organisational change. His most recent publication is Leadership: No More Heroes (third edition), written with Professor David Pendleton, Programme Director for Henley’s High Performance Leadership programme and Professor Adrian Furnham (UCL).

Professor David Pendleton

Programme Director, High Performance Leadership (live-online)

Jon Cowell

Tutor, High Performance Leadership (live-online)

Individual bookings
The following reductions are available on programmes fees

Multiple bookings
The following discount is available on programme fees when multiple open programmes are booked. Payment is required in advance and this offer is subject to eligibility**.

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

A 50% discount is available to registered charities.

It is subject to eligibility and available at Henley Business School's discretion**

Please note:
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading) not to graduates of Henley Management College.

** Please contact us for eligibility criteria, availability and terms.

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Why choose Henley?

No.3 in the UK
of Executive Education providers for open programmes - Financial Times 2024
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2024)
No. 20 in the world
for Executive Education (combined open and custom programmes) - Financial Times 2023
(Executive Education 2023: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles)

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

Contact us

Open Programmes

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors.

Telephone: 01491 418767

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