Executive Leadership

Course Description

Executive leadership mandates that the following areas are understood and reviewed on a regular basis by the directorate:

  • 3-5 year strategic/corporate plan development, incl. vision & mission statements and corporate values;
  • 1 year business plan development for each business area (in alignment with corporate plan);
  • Business case development for proposed change projects;
  • Leading & implementing change, incl. stakeholder consultation engagement & negotiation;
  • Risk management protocols;
  • Review of corporate governance mechanisms, incl. portfolio management;
  • Leadership styles.

Each of the above areas constitutes a proposed workshop discussion. Workshops last approximately 3 hours (more details below).

We advise small group and/or 1-1 discussions with the director following each group workshop to discuss practical application to their business area.

Workshop Content

Corporate Planning:

  • The corporate/strategic planning process;
  • Contents of a corporate plan;
  • Using strategic analysis techniques to inform the planning & decision-making process;
  • Articulating thought processes.

Business Planning:

  • Business v. corporate plan: Differences;
  • Business plan content & structure;
  • Appropriate writing styles.

Business Case Development:

  • What is a business case?;
  • When to develop a business case;
  • Business case content;
  • Using business cases in planning & decision making.

Leading & Implementing Change:

  • Conceptualising a change plan;
  • Implementation considerations;
  • Selling change & stakeholder management;
  • Understanding reactions to change & overcoming barriers.

Risk Management:

  • Positive & negative risks;
  • Using risk mitigation strategies;
  • Evaluating risk exposure;
  • Ongoing risk monitoring at Board Leave.

Corporate Governance Mechanisms incl. Portfolio Management:

  • Using governance mechanisms in a corporate context;
  • Using governance mechanisms to remain visible & accountable;
  • Maintaining the robustness of governance mechanisms;
  • Review of current corporate governance mechanisms.

Leadership Styles:

  • Operational management v. strategic leadership;
  • Recent thoughts on leadership styles;
  • Adapting your style to the situation & context;
  • How leadership & communication styles impact organisational and team cultures;
  • Leadership & motivation.

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