Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme

Enhance your impact and inspire those you lead with essential leadership strategies

Start dates:


  • 2 weeks (4 half-days per week)

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Live virtual
  • Oxford


  • £7,500

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the next iteration of the programme will be a live virtual experience, taking place over two weeks, from 9 - 18 November 2021.

Your online experience has been carefully designed to combine live teaching, group sessions and coaching. Independent learning will also take place, supported through your access to the virtual platform, with further self-directed reading and videos.

Over the 8 days of the live virtual programme you will benefit from 6 'teaching' days and 2 'integration' days in which we use individual and group coaching to help you integrate your new learning to the current leadership challenges you face in your role. 

The next on-campus iteration will be 8 - 13 May 2022.

About the programme

A programme designed to prepare leaders as you navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment.

You will make vital practical connections between your personal leadership style and the organisational challenges you face as a senior manager. The programme will help you develop heightened self-awareness and enhance your impact with leadership strategies, and deliver practical techniques and frameworks.

Each teaching day on the programme is themed, covering:

  • Building self-insight as a leader
  • Enabling high performance through others
  • Crucial conversations and solutions
  • Strategic choices in leadership
  • Extending leadership impact

Your learning will be contextualised with the support of an Executive Coach. They will investigate your personal and organisational objectives and work with you to build an action plan to put into practice when you return to your organisation.

An introduction to the programme

Group discussion

Meet the faculty

Explore our community.

What our alumni say

The biggest change that Oxford has brought in me is where I invest time. I want to be more impactful – I reflected a lot on that in Oxford and deeply questioned myself – what is the real priority in my role? I adapted and adjusted a lot thanks to Oxford, and it's working.

Jaime Galviz

COO, Microsoft MEA

Programme outline

Pre-programme preparation

  • Self-reflection and identification of a key leadership challenge
  • Leadership assessment tools collected and analysed
  • Pre-readings

Day one

Introduction to the programme and your peer group. Explore the evolution of leadership research through the 20th Century and into contemporary theories of leadership. Engage with current research and practice on mindfulness.

Day two

Focus on how to interpret the results of your pre-programme 360-degree evaluation and NEO personality assessment, and discuss strategies for addressing your development areas with a professional coach.

Day three - integration day (3 hours)

Link past experiences to current leadership style to build your personal leadership narrative. Engage in first coaching session: one-to-one coaching with your leadership coach.

Day four

Explore how leadership impact can be extended, how you can build high quality relationships at work, and how to sustain these over time.

Day five

Focus on leadership decision-making and discover your cognitive biases and how to overcome them.

Day six - integration day (3 hours)

Engage in group coaching in which you will be able to explore your individual challenges in-depth in a small peer group, facilitated by your leadership coach.

Day seven

Gain strategies for achieving positive outcomes when dealing with corrosive relationships and build your capability to hold difficult conversations that produce lasting change.

Day eight

Explore ways to extend your impact by harnessing the power of doubt and utilising collaborative strategies that support you in leading through uncertainty.

Post-programme follow-up

  • Individual follow-up coaching session
  • Professional collaborations
  • Oxford Business Alumni Network


To you

  • Gain insight into your leadership style, its strengths and growth potential
  • Learn how to make high quality connections and build relationships that extend your impact
  • Explore new frameworks and approaches to improve decision making
  • Tackle toxic situations in the workplace and develop your ability to hold difficult conversations for lasting change
  • Strengthen your capacity to lead through uncertainty, bringing others with you
  • Create a personalised toolkit for leadership success

To your business

  • Cascade your learning through your team and into the wider organisation
  • Participant diversity allows attendees to to think beyond the bounds of their organisation and geography and co-develop new strategies for success
  • Gain unparalleled access to influential leaders in organisations in and around your ecosystem
  • Develop a culture of innovation, effectively lead change and manage complexity
Group working outside

Participant perspectives

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for successful business leaders including directors, heads of functions and other senior managers with responsibility for leading teams and projects.

Participants usually have at least 5 years of leadership experience before joining us and are undergoing a transition in their career or experiencing change in their organisation.

Participants come from many different types of organisations, based all over the world and operating in the public, private and third sector.

You can submit your LinkedIn profile for review with the link below to find out if you're right for this programme.


Joining the programme

How to apply

You can apply in one of two ways:


Admissions process

  1. Submit your application
  2. Committee review
  3. Telephone interview
  4. Final decision


Next programme dates:

9 - 18 November 2021 - Live Virtual iteration

8 - 13 May 2022 - On-campus iteration

Recruitment for programmes will close one week prior to the programme start date, unless they become fully subscribed in advance.



•    Live Virtual iteration: £7,500
•    On-campus iteration: £8,900 plus £700 for accommodation at Oxford

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation attend any of our Open Programmes across a twelve-month period.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

Terms & conditions

Financial Times (FT) rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.