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Strategic Leadership

A two day intensive programme to provide a unique opportunity to develop your impact as a highly effective strategic leader.

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course overview

Why this course is essential for your career development

The leader of today has greater challenges than ever before in terms of unlocking human potential in their organisation and delivering results. This programme will help you achieve those aims and help you initiate and manage change more effectively. In particular, it will help you to:

  • Develop an effective strategy to achieve your business goals
  • Understand the role of emotional intelligence in leadership
  • Take away a practical leadership tool-kit
  • Develop a more dynamic approach through enhanced strategic creativity
  • Broaden your understanding of the corporate culture to increase your influence within it
  • Improve your persuasion and influencing skills to achieve your strategic goals
  • Learn the key functions of strategic leadership

In today’s world, one of the main aims of the leader is to develop the capability of the organisation to handle change and the challenges of the future even if those challenges have yet to be discovered. Leading in the organisational setting is becoming increasingly difficult because of the increase in regulation in all sectors and the risk of litigation. All organisations need leaders who can handle these challenges effectively, in particular the complexities of organisational life. At the same time, people who feel they are led effectively from the top find it easier to cope with and perform under higher pressure levels and therefore achieve the ultimate business goals

Who should attend?

This programme has been specifically designed for senior managers and those middle managers who are on the fast track to senior positions. It is suitable for both public and private sector individuals and all senior managers, executives and directors who understand the benefits both personally and professionally of developing strategic leadership skills.

Practical training methods

The course leader uses a broad range of learning techniques including short input sessions, individual development exercises, group work and case studies to provide a strong mix between practical training and giving a sound foundation of strategic leadership theory. The course provides you with a unique opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt and benefit from the observations and perceptions of the other course members.

Programme - Day 1

The programme-Day one

Introduction and objectives

The need for strategic leadership

  • The roots of leadership
  • How thought on leadership has developed
  • Current perceptions on strategic leadership

The leadership/management debate

  • People and process issues
  • The integrated approach to deliver results

Levels of leadership

  • The capabilities required at the strategic level
  • The difference between strategic leadership and strategy

Qualities and capabilities of strategic leaders

  • Illustration through case studies
  • Review of strategic capability

Developing specific leadership qualities

  • A review of strategic capability using case study examples
  • Developing an approach to leadership
  • Reviewing the traditional and current approaches to leadership

CASE STUDY 1: Developing a leadership strategy

Understanding leadership processes at all levels

  • Applying the leadership hierarchy
  • Analysing the process

Demonstrating the theory of leadership processes in practice

Leadership and emotional intelligence

  • The relationship between leadership and emotion
  • The essence of organisational climate

Participants will work on an exercise to illustrate the theory of emotional intelligence in practice

A strategic leadership toolkit

  • Practical methods for developing strategic leadership ability
  • Core strategic leadership competencies – thinking skills and people skills
  • Preparation for day two

Programme - Day 2

The programme-Day two

Review of day one

Understanding strategic creativity

  • Examining the psychological aspects of strategic thinking
  • Mind mapping and other approaches to creative thinking
  • Developing a creativity toolkit

CASE STUDY 2: A strategic leadership challenge
Developing a new vision and plan to transform an organisation to face future challenges based on a real-life scenario

Developing strategic leadership capability

  • A review of current approaches
  • Understanding the behavioural approaches
  • Developing a contingency approach

Understanding corporate culture

  • The structural aspects
  • The behavioural aspects
  • The human aspects

How leaders can change corporate culture

  • Developing a toolkit for change
  • Understanding the cultural web
  • The link with emotional intelligence

CASE STUDY 3: Analysing leadership techniques
This practical case study illustrates how the strategic approach and the application of appropriate leadership techniques including ‘split screen ability’ work in a real-life scenario

Performace aspects at the strategic level

  • Developing vision, goals and objectives
  • Creating corporate identity and alignment
  • Working with individual influencers

Effective strategic influencing skills

  • The characteristics of effective persuasive leaders
  • Understanding methods of persuasion
  • Profiling others

Building the top team

  • The nature of the top team
  • Accepting diversity and challenge

The key functions of strategic leadership

  • Putting these into action
  • Personal leadership planning

Identifying tomorrow’s leaders

  • Practical approaches
  • The challenges for the future.

The expert presenter

John Potter helps client organisations worldwide turn their business strategy into reality. He is an international consultant and business psychologist who works globally with a range of blue-chip clients. He operates in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA and has a wealth of expertise upon which he can draw.

For eight years he was on the staff of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he became deeply involved in the leadership development programme both teaching and undertaking research that resulted in his gaining a PhD in Leadership in 1985. John now works with a variety of public and private sector organisations as well as personally mentoring senior managers and acting as psychological adviser to a number of TV and media companies.


It can be difficult for those in management roles to take time out of their busy schedules for training. Our In-House training brings our leadership experts to you, at a time and place of your choosing. We have helped train and develop many management teams and have a measurable and proven track record in leadership development.

For more information call Caroline Glen on +44 (0)20 7729 6677 or and we will get back to you immediately.

John Potter

John Potter helps client organisations worldwide turn their business strategy into reality. He is an international consultant and business psychologist who works globally with a range of blue-chip clients. He operates in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA and has a wealth of expertise upon which he can draw.

More details

We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss yor requirements.


  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • ADARE On Demand Communications Ltd
  • Amateur Swimming Association
  • Appleby
  • Aqua Direct
  • Aramark
  • Aramark Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty Utilities Ltd
  • Barking & Dagenham Childrens Services
  • Bartoline Ltd
  • Bernard Matthews Ltd
  • Berwick upon Tweed District Council
  • Brit Insurance
  • CMS Group
  • Cobbetts Solicitors
  • Container Exchange UK Ltd
  • Coors Brewers Ltd
  • Credica Ltd
  • Diligenta Ltd
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Estee Lauder Companies
  • Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd
  • First ScotRail
  • Global Marine Systems Ltd
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Guernsey Electricity Ltd
  • Hayman Ltd
  • HBoS
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Huntingdon Housing Partnership
  • Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
  • London Learning Partnership
  • MGE UPS Systems Ltd
  • MHI
  • Newham 6th Form College
  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust
  • Palmer's College
  • Panasonic Mobile Communications
  • Papa John's (GB) Ltd
  • Patheon UK Ltd
  • PD Interglas Technologies Ltd
  • PharmaVentures Ltd
  • Post Office Ltd
  • px Ltd
  • ROCC Computers Ltd
  • S Black Ltd
  • Servier Laboratories Ltd
  • Servite Houses
  • Sheffield International Venues
  • Shephard + Wedderburn LLP
  • SIG plc
  • Solvay Healthcare Ltd
  • South Hams District Council
  • Sovereign Housing Group
  • Spinneyfields Specialist Care Centre
  • Surecare Bromley
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Technetix Ltd
  • The Corps
  • The Local Radio Company
  • The Scout Association
  • TNT Express UK
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Trend Micro (UK) Ltd
  • Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust
  • Unilever UK Home & Personal Care
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Venture UK
  • Volker Stevin Ltd
  • WH Marks Sattin
  • Workbase Scotland Ltd
  • Yell Ltd


  • F Hoffmann La Roche AG
  • World Scout Bureau


  • MAN Diesel


  • Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH


  • Vitbary Group


  • Newsweaver


  • Polkomtel SA


  • Qatar Petroleum

Multiple colleagues?
Talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749