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The Essentials of Leadership programme is meticulously crafted to unlock the latent leadership potential within high-potential executives. This programme lays the foundation for assuming pivotal leadership roles, equipping leaders to adeptly navigate the complexities and seize the opportunities that accompany heightened responsibility.
Participants will develop a strategic mindset, augment their influence, and bolster their ability to tackle complex challenges. This programme will provide clarity on their leadership identity and furnish them with the competencies required to make a significant impact in their organisations and professional paths.
Build on greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence to effectively manage self
Forge high-quality and effective connections with key stakeholders and make the most of your network
Empower others, learn to influence without authority and build high- performance teams
Develop your personal leadership brand and benefit from high-impact group coaching
Transition from manager to confident change agent. Lead effectively through crises and conflicts
Develop the resilience and mindset for turnarounds in uncertain times
Is This Programme For You?
This programme is best suited for mid to senior managers who are moving or have moved from an operational to a strategic role with increasing responsibility.
The participant profile can include:
Directors, VPs, AVPs
General and Regional Managers
from across industries and functions.
Engage in real-life stories and group discussions to explore your leadership skills. Experience how to showcase your leadership style in dynamic situations. Improve your effectiveness in leading teams in the digital world. Apply your new learnings and skills to accelerate your ascent to leadership at the workplace.
The programme curriculum is organised into three modules consisting of faculty presentations, group discussions, and case studies, scheduled across five days.
Additionally, our executive group coaching sessions in between modules will help you build your own personal narrative and action plan for leadership. Five interactive, intensive sessions give you a grounding in self-awareness, team dynamics, effective interpersonal behaviours, and mindsets required to lead change in crisis and non-crisis conditions.
This programme does not have any formal education requirements. However, we admit candidates based on their professional experience and organisational responsibilities. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to secure your seat in the programme.
Module 1: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Through short case illustrations and real-life stories, this introductory module will focus on why emotional intelligence distinguishes outstanding performers from those who are merely adequate. You will understand what it takes to hone your emotional and relational competencies while:
Supplementing your domain competencies with emotional skills
Enhancing self-awareness which is critical for your leadership effectiveness
Module 2: Building Resilience - Responding Constructively to Setbacks
Coping effectively with external turbulence and uncertainty requires being resilient. You must understand how to bounce back after crises, setbacks, or disappointments. It is important to learn how you can view difficulties not as a passive observer, but as an active agent with choice. The module will help you:
Learn to attend to the emotional grip of the crisis and the chatter of thoughts in your mind
Understand what specific actions you can take to strengthen personal and organisational resilience
Module 3: Influencing Key Stakeholders
Using research from social psychology and behavioural economics, we will develop a hands-on model to ‘nudge’ people into buying into your decisions. Specifically, you will learn how to:
Frame information to increase likelihood of buy-in
Use an expanded notion of motivation to gain commitment
Get your decisions/ideas implemented by a group
Module 4: Building Effective Relationships with Stakeholders
Effective relationships boost engagement, innovation, and individual well-being. Among other things, relationship building requires communicating openly, building trust, and encouraging capability building through mentorship. This module will help you to:
Understand effective ways of giving and receiving feedback
Learn about handling difficult conversations and networking
Module 5: Shaping Your Role: Focus, Storytelling and Personal Brand
You will learn the themes of developing a personal brand based on your unique skills, experience, and interests and what is involved in rebranding and setting a new narrative. You will understand what makes a great story and how storytelling is essential for persuading people. The module further delves into:
Staying focused on your priorities and finding your flow
Learning how to tell a great story that gets people’s attention
Understanding what is involved in building your personal brand
Module 6: Leading Effective Change
Given the under-current of fear, loss and insecurity associated with change, you will learn key requirements to usher in changes through a change simulation. You will discover how important qualities like empathy, personal interactions, patience, self-reflection, commitment to dialogue and customising change approaches to the unique needs and preferences of change recipients are for leading effective change. This module will help you:
Learn how to move your initiative successfully through different phases of change and avoid the common mistakes
Understand the importance of being persistent, energetic, collaborative, and optimistic
Module 7: Change Leadership Skills and Mindsets
In today’s dynamic world, effecting minor and significant changes is imperative, even without formal authority, ample resources, or the ability to alter incentive structures or enforce sanctions. Successful leadership hinges on the capacity to lead change credibly and effectively. This module will help you:
Align stakeholders around the change agenda and influence them to get buy-in
Communicating for successful change and energising actions for new behaviours
Professor of Organisational Behaviour (Practice), ISB
Professor of Organisational Behaviour (Practice), ISB
Innovation Consultant, Leadership Behavioural Mentor and Diversity Champion
Visiting Faculty, ISB
After successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded an ISB Executive Education Certificate, formal recognition of your professional development.
ISB Executive Network
You will be a part of the ISB Executive Network, a vast community of senior executives and entrepreneurs across the globe.
ISB Executive Network benefits include:
Access to ISB Executive Network LinkedIn Group
Access to support e-mail ID
10% discount on open executive education programmes