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The Leadership Programme

High Performance Leadership (live-online)

Discover your leadership capability, understand when to lead and when to allow others to take the reins with the High Performance Leadership programme.

At a glance

  • Develop self-awareness of your leadership style and its impact
  • Recognise the inter-dependencies between strategic, operational and interpersonal leadership
  • Understand the tasks of leadership, identifying where you can improve and when to call on others
  • Explore how to develop leadership in others
Subject area(s)
£2,350 + VAT
Course length
6 weeks total, including 4 x 2 hour live-online facilitated sessions and 3 x personal coaching sessions
Suitable for
Middle and senior level managers and leaders
Next start date

Programme Overview

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

You will discover that to be a complete leader you need to be aware of your limitations, and that to be successful you will need to engage and draw on the diversity of your team.

The Primary Colours model was developed by the Programme Director and is the framework for this course. It defines the tasks leaders must perform in order to create the conditions for sustained success.

Key Benefits

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

Course fee: £2,350 + VAT
Duration: 6 weeks total, including 4 x 2 hour live-online facilitated sessions and 3 x personal coaching sessions
Suitable for: Middle and senior level managers and leaders

Available start dates

Start date: 09/03/21
Location: Online
Session Starts Ends
Session 1 09/03/21 09/03/21
Session 2 23/03/21 23/03/21
Session 3 13/04/21 13/04/21
Session 4 27/04/21 27/04/21
Start date: 07/09/21
Location: Online
Session Starts Ends
Session 1 07/09/21 07/09/21
Session 2 21/09/21 21/09/21
Session 3 12/10/21 12/10/21
Session 4 26/10/21 26/10/21

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 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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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.

Professor David Pendleton

Professor in Leadership

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?

UK top 5
of Executive Education providers for open programmes
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2020)
World top 25
of Executive Education providers for combined open and custom programmes
((Financial Times Executive Education 2020 - The Top 50 Schools (combining Custom and Open programmes ranking)))
UK no.2
for course design, new skills & learning, and participants' aims achieved
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2020)

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: +44 (0) 1491 418767

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