Oxford Executive Leadership Programme

Course starts 7 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
7 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
GBP £2,350
Payment Options
Said Business School, University of Oxford


In today’s evolving business landscape, there’s a growing need for highly skilled leaders who can navigate through complex challenges and empower their teams to succeed. Combining theory and practice, this programme is centred around refining your leadership skills and purpose in line with your company’s strategic focus.

Gain the opportunity to critically reflect on your leadership approach, while using practical insights, tools and frameworks to lead high-performance teams in dynamic environments and through times of change. Over eight weeks, you’ll explore core leadership themes, including: power and influence, motivation, authenticity and adaptability, change, complexity, and diversity.

Expand your global network as you learn alongside a cohort of like-minded professionals and gain essential skills for the future of work.

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What will set you apart

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

Is this programme for you?

This programme is designed for leaders and managers at all levels who want to further develop their skills to overcome challenges and become a driving force for change in their organisation. The content would support business executives looking to improve their leadership skills, discover or refine their leadership purpose, and make an impact within their business. It would also be helpful for those in senior and middle management who are preparing to move into an executive management role, as well as aspiring leaders who want to gain the confidence to step up.

Course curriculum

Develop a practical leadership framework as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Effective leadership: Leading for high performance
  • Module 2: The job of the leader: Envisioning and engaging
  • Module 3: The job of the leader: Choosing and connecting
  • Module 4: Leading with power and influence
  • Module 5: Leading teams for effective performance
  • Module 6: Strategies and models for leading change
  • Module 7: Mastering complexity and plurality
  • Module 8: Reflect on your purpose as a leader

Define Your Leadership Approach

This Oxford Saïd online programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain a deeper understanding of your role and purpose as a leader to add value to your organisation.

Your Programme Convenor

The design of this online programme is guided by Oxford Saïd faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the programme.


Professor Tim Morris

Professor Tim Morris

Professor of Management Studies
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Professor Tim Morris has been at Oxford University's Saïd Business School since 2002.

At Oxford, he teaches on many of the School’s executive programmes helping leaders from corporate, government and non-profit organisations grapple with the complex organisational challenges they face.

His research, teaching and consulting activities are closely interlinked. One major stream of his research, conducted with colleagues at Oxford Saïd, examines the role and development of CEOs in large corporations. Based on interviews with over 150 CEOs worldwide, this research explores what it takes to lead a large corporation today. It was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and has been widely covered in the media. From this research, he and his colleagues have developed numerous models of leadership in action that he uses with executives and in his consulting work. Tim has also written extensively about models of innovation and competitive advantage in the increasingly important field of professional service firms (PSFs). He works with partners and other senior managers in these firms using proprietary models to help them become more competitive and effective.

He has published his research extensively in leading international journals as well as authoring several books and numerous chapters in collected editions. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Financial Times, CNN and Forbes.

Before taking up his role at Oxford, he was a professor at Imperial College, London, and at London Business School. He studied as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and has a masters and doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Guest Experts

Allison Mcquater

Allison Mcquater

High Performance Leadership Programme Director and Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Andrew White

Andrew White

Associate Dean for Executive Education, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Claire Davenport

Claire Davenport

Advisor and former CEO, HelloFresh UK

Dave Tullett

Dave Tullett

Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Eleanor Murray

Eleanor Murray

Senior Fellow in Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Gillian Charlesworth

Gillian Charlesworth

Group CEO, BRE

Jonathan Trevor

Jonathan Trevor

Associate Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Michael Smets

Michael Smets

Associate Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Chairman, IQE Plc Former Chief Executive, Cisco UK and Ireland Former Chairman, Innovate UK

Sara Beck

Sara Beck

Chief Operating Officer, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Steve Mostyn

Steve Mostyn

Associate Fellow, Executive Education Centre, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sue Dopson

Sue Dopson

Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Deputy Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Earn a certificate from Oxford Saïd

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford – and use it to set yourself apart as an influential leader.

Your certificate of attendance will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the programme, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.