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The Warwick Executive Diploma
in Strategic Leadership

An innovative executive-level programme

The programme is delivered in four modules, each over four days at WBS London, so executives don’t need to divert from their usual responsibilities at work. Upon successful completion confers the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership from the University of Warwick.

The four Strategic Leadership 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 Executive Case project.


  • Leadership Essentials: 16-19 February 2022
  • Strategic Leadership Development: 4-7 May 2022
  • Creating Strategic Advantage: 20-23 July 2022
  • Leading Strategic Change & Innovation: 14-17 September 2022

Click on the module links in the drop down below to see further details of the module content.

Executive coaching sessions
You will receive three high level 1-2-1 Executive coaching sessions during your time on the programme. As a Senior Leader, if you are already receiving Executive Coaching, we will liaise with your Coach to complement the existing sessions you are receiving.

Individual project
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.

The scope of the project allows you to apply and develop your thinking from each Diploma module to a strategic challenge of your choosing. The Course Director and faculty will support you in developing the project outline and you will deliver the 6,000 word project report as the final assessment of your Diploma after completion of the modules and their assignments.

You will be required to complete written assessments, plus a further strategic project. 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.

How will we teach you?

  • 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.


Leadership Essentials
  • The Diploma begins with building the understanding that all leadership starts with self-leadership and addresses the challenges of leading yourself in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world
  • Supported by a range of highly effective personal development tools, the outcome for you is to understand your own leadership approach and future potential
  • You will learn how you can successfully use your judgement and emotions in complex situations and new environments for better planning, decision-making and leadership agility.


Strategic Leadership Development
  • Here we directly address ‘what does it mean to be a Strategic Leader in practice?’
  • You will build on your existing experience of what leaders do on the ground and those of your global programme peer group with new insights from Faculty for you to be able to unite leadership purpose with strategic action, and broaden your impact
  • Our extensive knowledge and understanding of leadership in practice will help you to make even greater use of influence and strategic thinking within your current and future roles. 


Creating Strategic Advantage
  • You will develop an advanced understanding and in-depth insight into strategic thinking and practice
  • You will analyse the latest theories and ideas from topics such as behavioural science and economics to help you to identify the strategic forces in play within and without your organisation, and be able to identify and execute the best courses of action
  • Strategy is relevant only in context, and you will be supported to apply the theory and practice to your own organisation for the design and delivery of strategic advantage.


Leading Strategic Change and Innovation
  • The final module focuses on how to successfully lead innovation and change in contemporary organisations
  • You will learn how you can become a more effective change leader through an in-depth knowledge of organisational change concepts, tools and ideas, but crucially, you will also learn how to put these new ideas into practice
  • Through action-learning and the Executive Case project you will be given the opportunity to put this innovation-thinking into effect in your own organisation to create lasting impact.


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