The programme is delivered in four modules, each over four days at WBS London, so you don’t need to divert from your usual responsibilities at work. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Change from the University of Warwick.
The four Strategic Leadership & Change modules build and develop new leadership thinking and transform strategic understanding over one year, with new learning immediately utilised in your own organisation between modules as well as through your final individual project.
While all of your modules will be taught within a one-year period, submission of your final assessed project and subsequent grading by our academic team can mean that the awarding of your Warwick Executive Diploma may extend beyond one year.
Each module is taught over four days at The Shard.
The final component of your Executive Diploma is the individual project. The project is completed and submitted after the four core modules, though you will begin developing ideas for your project from the outset, as it is intended to be an integrating focus for your learning across the whole Diploma.Assignment
You will be required to complete written assignments after each module, plus a further strategic project on completion of your module teaching. All assignments are designed to be directly related to your own organisational context and challenges. In order to gain the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma awarded by the University of Warwick, you will need to attend all four taught modules, and pass the assessment in each module and your project.
Do you want to develop your understanding of leadership and gain tools to become an effective leader? In an ever-changing world that presents new challenges, such as the cost-of-living crisis, the pandemic and war, it is essential for leaders to be prepared and forward-thinking.Full details
This module runs from 17 - 20 October 2023.
This module provides a robust theoretical understanding of how to become an executive leader, and practical tools to support the development of your future leadership brand. The module considers the development of effective executive leadership to be an on-going process that requires many abilities including awareness, flexibility, reflection, resilience, hard work, and the courage to grow, to name a few. You will be encouraged to take a step back to think about your leadership identity and style and challenge your thoughts to gain a greater understanding of what constitutes effective executive leadership, particularly during turbulent times, and how you can work to become such a leader as you progress in your responsibilities and leadership capabilities.
What will I learn?
- Be equipped with tools and mindset to develop your leadership capabilities within your organisation
- An understanding of how you can enhance your leadership capabilities to influence others, supporting your capability to lead a team or organisation effectively
- Become a more aware leader by developing emotional intelligence that will enable you to have more self-awareness and understanding, as well as be able to understand others
- Become a more reflective leader with practical skills and tools that encourage critical thinking
- Experience Executive Coaching, including Hogan psychometric test.
Strategic Leadership is future-focused. It requires leaders to have an appetite for paradoxes and problems that cannot yet be solved, and the need for organisations to be adaptable and innovative is essential. Does this sound like something your organisation has mastered, or could you help implement some progressive change to give your organisation the strategic edge?Full details
This module runs from 16 - 19 January 2024.
In this module, you will explore how leadership is changing in the face of the VUCA world and understand what it takes to build strategic leadership capabilities that are future focussed and change oriented. The module will help you to understand what it means to behave like an adaptive strategic leader, learn about the essential components of strategic leadership, such as strategic thinking and acquire tools that will help you develop your capacity for strategic thought. You will cover the following key specialist subject areas: measuring and transforming organisational energy, digital transformation, adaptive leadership, purposeful leadership and leading with a paradox mind-set. Although this module is driven by theory, you will be encouraged to apply your learnings to real-life situations and contexts, enabling you to understand the skills that are required for strategic leadership.
What will I learn?
- Understand how strategic leadership requires an appetite for paradox, to work with problems that cannot be solved, such as cost vs quality, value vs results, short-term vs long term
- You will build tools and techniques to work with paradox contentions
- You will understand the theory and develop skills to become adaptive leaders and develop an understanding of how you can help your organisation to become more adaptive
- You will understand how organisations can recover from and predict a crisis
- You will be able to create relational resilience and tools to measure and diagnose energy in an organisation, understanding how you can transform toxic energy into productive energy.
Building an agile and resilient organisation enables you to overcome obstacles, by designing systems and processes that allow you to move quickly. In this module, you will explore why agility in organisations is essential for success in an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world.Full details
This module runs from 9 - 12 April 2024.
Building an agile and resilient organisation enables you to overcome obstacles, by designing systems and processes that allow you to move quickly.
In this module, you will explore why agility in organisations is essential for success in an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world. You will take a deep dive into the concept of agility, and gain tools and frameworks, which will enable you to develop agile capabilities within your organisation. Through case studies, you will be able to see how these frameworks apply in real-life settings and build an understanding of strategies, structures and culture that reflect an agile and resilient organisation.
You will also explore the pivotal role of leadership as the driving force for agility, taking the time to reflect upon your leadership practice in this context.
What will I learn?
- You will have a deepened understanding and be able to critically evaluate the concept of organisational agility with supporting theory
- You will develop an understanding of how leadership can be a driving force for agility, and reflect on your leadership practice in this context
- You will be able to critically evaluate the agile capabilities of your organisation from the perspective of leadership, strategy, and organisation
- You will be able to apply tools and frameworks from the module to develop your organisational strategies that enhance agility and resilience
- You will be able to evaluate and understand the culture of your organisation and implement cultural change that supports organisational agility, learning and continuous change.
To implement and adapt to change it is essential, for all the people and stakeholders within an organisation, to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the changes happening around them. In this module, you will explore the people side of organisational change and the implications for change leaders.Full details
This module runs from 11 - 14 June 2024.
People are at the centre of organisational change. Aligning key stakeholders and securing their commitment to a new strategic direction, together with high levels of engagement, is what turns strategic plans into reality.
In this module, you will explore the people side of organisational change and the implications for change leaders. This includes gaining a deeper understanding of the human reaction to change and the role of emotions. You will critically reflect on your responses and other’s responses to the change process. This module will also examine the organisational factors that create the context for change, such as the distribution of power. Based on this you will consider how you should adapt and evolve how you lead, to become more effective in your role as a change leader.
Through this insight, you will explore a range of strategies for effective change implementation and develop critical insights into the dynamics of change within an organisation. The learning will draw upon a variety of relevant case studies, plus guest speakers to provide a practitioner perspective.
What will I learn?
- You will be able to critically analyse how different stakeholders experience organisational change and engage with the change process
- Understand the importance of context, and how this can inform change strategy
- You will have an appreciation for how human emotions shape the response to organisational change and how you can use this to evaluate how change strategies impact trust and engagement
- You will be able to evaluate how leaders and other stakeholders shape the change narrative, and how a dominant narrative emerges. You will be able to use this understanding to develop appropriate communication strategies for change in your organisation
- Critically reflect on how you lead change and how you can adapt your approach for greater success
- Implement leadership practices that generate momentum and accountability in the change process.
- Peer networks and debate: Questioning, discussion and debate with a support network of peers as well as truly interactive relationships with teaching faculty
- Bespoke distance learning platform: Inter-modular support from the my.wbs platform, which is used to deliver our Distance learning MBA
- Guest speakers and practitioners: relevant and relate-able speakers from industry and practice will feature within each individual module
- Personal development and action learning: Utilising reflective practice, psychometric tools and analysis as well as learning through doing.
Learning in London, the financial capital of the world
Opened in June 2015 on the 17th floor of The Shard, WBS London houses a 100-seat lecture theatre and a smaller one at 80 seats, plus seminar rooms and space to network. In October 2017 we announced that WBS is expanding our London base to include the 13th floor, increasing our footprint at The Shard by 50 per cent.
The Shard is situated next to the London Bridge transport hub so getting to us from anywhere in London, the UK, and international locations, could not be easier.
This is a face-to-face programme, allowing you to benefit from meeting your fellow executives and our teaching team in person. However if circumstances prevent you from travelling, hybrid learning is an option. Please contact us to discuss this further.