Oxford Executive Leadership Programme

Gain a deeper understanding of your role and purpose as a leader to add value to your organisation.

Start date:


  • 8 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,350

About the programme

What does effective leadership look like, and how do you adapt the theory into practical changes in your approach?

This programme helps leaders from multiple sectors to answer this complex question, and empowers them to drive change within their organisations. By examining personal motivation and purpose, and aligning with the purpose of the organisation, participants will be equipped to successfully navigate the challenges and dynamics of leadership.

Delivered in partnership with online learning provider, GetSmarter, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.


An introduction to the programme


What our alumni say

If you are interested in discovering your purpose as an authentic leader, and making an impactful and meaningful contribution within your organisation and to society, then this programme is for you.

Alvaro Javier Valencia

Mergers and Acquisitions Manager, AES Corporation


On completion of this programme, you’ll walk away with:

  • A refined understanding of your leadership purpose and how to align it with your organisation’s purpose
  • The frameworks and leadership skills needed to overcome modern workplace challenges and manage teams effectively
  • Strategies for driving change and preparing your organisation for the future
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn

Programme curriculum

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Effective Leadership: Leading for High Performance.

Reflect on the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations.


Module 2

The Job of the Leader: Envisioning and Engaging.

Learn about vision and engagement as two core activities of leaders.


Module 3

The Job of the Leader: Choosing and Connecting.

Learn about decision-making and connection as two core activities of leaders.


Module 4

Leading with Power and Influence.

Explore the significance of power and influence within leadership.


Module 5

Leading Teams for Effective Performance.

Explore the functions and dynamics of high-performance leadership.


Module 6

Strategies and Models for Leading Change.

Consider the role of the leader in driving change.

Module 7

Mastering Complexity and Plurality.

Explore strategies to manage the complexity inherent in leadership.

Module 8

Reflect on Your Purpose as a Leader.

Establish alignment between your personal purpose and the purpose of your organisation.


Meet the faculty

This programme is led by Professor Tim Morris, who is joined by prominent thought-leaders who share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the programme.

Experts and contributors

The thinking behind the programme

The challenges of leadership continually shift and grow with the dynamics of the wider world, yet fundamental aspects of the leader can be both studied and adapted to specific contexts.   

Our programme was created to combine theory and functional practice. It is centred around aligning leadership purpose with the strategic purpose of the organisation. 

Participants will engage in reflective learning, examining core leadership themes including: power and influence, motivation, authenticity and adaptability, change, complexity, and diversity.

Oxford’s unique collection of leadership thinking is developed through several models which have been both created, and adapted, for this programme including: 

  • The Oxford Leadership Framework
  • The Morris model
  • The S3 model
  • The Power of Doubt Framework

Read an interview with Steve Mostyn, Associate Fellow at Oxford Saïd, sharing his personal experiences of how being part of this programme has challenged his assumptions around online learning.

Programme impact

Learn more from these participants who provide an insight into the programme, sharing the benefits of online learning through their personal highlights and key moments.

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Continuing your development


Explore next steps if you are looking to develop a more experienced career path.


Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s Learning & Development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.