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Executive Management Programme

At a glance

  • Put your management and leadership skills to the test with workshops and a live consultancy exercise
  • Gain insight into your key management challenges with 1:1 coaching and 360-degree feedback
  • Learn to skilfully combine theory and practice to enable you to successfully formulate and roll out strategy
  • Strengthen your leadership mindset with interactive sessions on well-being, mindfulness and resilience
Subject area(s)
Strategic Management, Leadership
Short course
£16,500 + VAT (including residential costs).
Course length
2 x 5-day modules
Suitable for
Senior executives (e.g. directors, heads of department)

Start dates

13 Nov 2023

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus

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22 Apr 2024

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus

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11 Nov 2024

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus

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Our Executive Management Programme (EMP) is an advanced management and leadership development course for experienced executives.

As well as developing your management skills, the course helps you to boost your self-confidence, stretch your thinking and strengthen your performance. It is ideal if you are moving from a functional/operational management role to a position with more responsibility across your organisation.

Delivered by business experts, academics and practitioners, the EMP balances the theory of key advanced management and leadership disciplines with practical application.

Key benefits

£16,500 + VAT (including residential costs)


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 Executive Management Programme is delivered through a combination of workshops, role-play activities, coaching and self-awareness sessions. You will study as part of a small but diverse cohort of peers, learning from each other’s shared experiences.

The programme takes place over four months, as broken down below:

Three to four weeks before your course starts, you will:

  • Collect 360-degree feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Identify a learning partner within your organisation to support you during the course
  • Discuss your learning objectives with our Programme Director
  • Choose your elective topics of study:
    • Module 1: Managing Business Risks or Managing Business Finances
    • Module 2: Driving Innovation or Building Market Focus
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Module 1 is delivered on site at Greenlands. These immersive, practical sessions focus on leading self, leading others, and leading the change process.

Topics include:

  • The changing face of leadership and management
  • Neuroscience and what it can teach us about leadership, decision-making and handling uncertain or complex situations
  • Business strategy and what it means for your organisation
  • Mindfulness and staying calm under pressure
  • Techniques to boost your own and your colleagues’ resilience
  • Holding difficult conversations

Content is delivered through a dynamic combination of workshops, role-play activities, 1:1 coaching, and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. You can also choose to wear a heart rate monitor for four days to learn how your heart rate variability (HRV) impacts your well-being and effectiveness.

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Between modules you will the opportunity to consolidate and apply the skills and techniques you have learned.

You will also have a 1:1 executive coaching session and additional reading during this time.

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Module 2 is delivered on site at Greenlands and focuses on leading organisations effectively.

Topics include:

  • The structure of effective organisations
  • How to mobilise an organisation towards a specific course of action
  • The skills for complex problem-solving
  • How to engage, inspire and influence others
  • Live-consultancy exercise
  • Action planning

The consultancy exercise is with a host organisation, normally a social enterprise, charity, or NGO. You will help them solve a particular business challenge, drawing from what you have learned on the programme to make recommendations.

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To enable you to effectively implement your learning, support from the Programme Director and Henley continue after your course is completed.

This includes:

  • Embedding your personal action plan with support from your organisation's learning partner
  • Follow-up call with your Programme Director
  • 1:1 executive coaching session
  • Access to the virtual learning portal and resources for up to 12 months
  • Joining our alumni network
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Dr Narendra Laljani

*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 Narendra Laljani is a management educator, consultant and CEO coach with 25 years' experience in leadership development and helping organisations to become more effective. He has undertaken management development projects for a diverse range of clients and has consulted at board level with a large number of international organisations.

Dr Narendra Laljani

Executive Fellow

Professor Patricia Riddell

Professor of Applied Neuroscience, University of Reading

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Programme Director, The Board Directors' Programme

Margaret de Lattre

Executive Fellow

Ann James

Executive Fellow, Lead Tutor, Coach & Coach Supervisor

Claire Hewitt

Head of Learning Design - Executive Education

Simon Lancaster

Executive Fellow

Dr Elizabeth Stephens

Managing Director of Trendline Analytics

Kate Scott

Programme Director

John Neal

Coach, Leadership and Team Developer

Andy Bryan

Executive Fellow

"What I learned in 2 weeks from this programme would have taken me 4 to 5 years to learn otherwise."

Read full case study - Ginette Kilroy, People Director, CTIL

"The quality of the teaching was exceptional … we always felt that we were being taught by world leaders in their fields."

Read full case study - Rhodri Lewis, Head of Legal Affairs, Welsh Rugby Union

"It was so practical, and I could apply what I’d learned directly to my work ... I find myself being comfortable in much more advanced strategic conversations."

Read full case study - Laura Brailey, Head of Retail Operations, Mazda Motor Company UK

"The academic side of the learning was still there, but the expert practitioners were fantastic, and the amount of practical and interactive involvement was a welcome surprise."

Read full case study - Suzy Hardyman, Group General Counsel and Executive Lead for People, VPS

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

Women in Leadership Scholarship

The Women in Leadership Scholarship offers a 50% discount on the programme fee for successful eligible candidates.


To be eligible, candidates should have a minimum of five years of professional experience and currently hold a leadership position. We welcome applications from women across various industries, including the third sector. You will ideally identify an executive sponsor to support your development in your organisation.

How to apply:

Applicants for the scholarship should write short paragraphs explaining:

  1. Why you would benefit from leadership development;
  2. What impact you hope to have in your organisation in the next three years.

Applications should be submitted via email to in addition to an online programme booking. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2024 (two months before the next programme start date).

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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Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Henley Business School's Greenlands campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

No.3 in the UK
for Executive Education providers for open programmes
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2023)
No. 20 in the world
for Executive Education combined open and custom programmes
(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
“It was so practical, and I could apply what I’d learned directly to my work ... I find myself being comfortable in much more advanced strategic conversations.”
Laura Brailey Head of Retail Operations, Mazda Motor Company UK Executive Management Programme
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