Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme

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

Start dates:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £10,700 (including accommodation)

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.

Is the programme right for you?

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

You will have at least 5 years of leadership experience and be undergoing a transition in your career or experiencing change in your organisation.

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

The programme is delivered over five days in Oxford.

Introduction to the programme

Programme outline

Day one

Increase your self-insight by exploring the results of your 360-degree evaluation and NEO personality assessment. Discuss strategies for addressing your development areas with a professional coach.

Day two

Extend your leadership impact by building high-quality relationships with those at all levels of your organisation and beyond. Learn how to negotiate effectively to reach an agreement with your counterparts inside or outside your organisation.

Day three

Develop strategies to manage corrosive relationships and transform them through skilfully holding difficult conversations. Explore how to manage high-stakes, high-uncertainty decision-making.

Day four

Learn how to diagnose and change your organisational culture and discover a range of tactics to maximise your influence as a leader. Participate in a group coaching session where you will explore individual challenges in-depth in a small, supportive group.

Day five

Discover a variety of ways to build your leadership resilience and maintain your well-being to sustain yourself and support others.

Post-programme follow-up


To you

  • 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
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

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

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

A participant perspective

Joining the programme


  • 8-13 May 2023 - Fully subscribed - contact us to join the waiting list
  • 12-17 November 2023

How to apply

Admissions process

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


£10,700 (accommodation at our Egrove Education Centre, Egrove Park is included in the package)

Registration is confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

Fee breakdown

£10,000 for programme tuition, education materials, coffee breaks and meals.

£700 for accommodation at our Executive Education Centre, Egrove Park (bedrooms are individual and have private en-suite bathrooms).

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.

Meet the faculty

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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.

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