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Creating effective leaders
In business, executives often focus on models of rational analysis, paying far too little attention to the idiosyncrasies and irrational processes that make up individual human behaviour. At the heart of success however, lies a true understanding of the emotional side of decision-making.
The Challenge of Leadership aims to improve your understanding of how human behaviour affects the functioning of an organisation. By focusing on conscious and unconscious behaviour, as well as rational and irrational action, you will learn to manage irrational and dysfunctional processes in your company. You will explore your personal leadership style and address ways of dealing with processes that fall outside recommended models.
How you benefit
- Build a foundation for effective leadership. Discover the forces behind authority and power, increasing your confidence at the most senior levels.
- Develop a leadership style for the future. Evolve your leadership style to improve the health and effectiveness of your organisation.
- Build teams with a collective mission. Gain the capability to diagnose toxic organisational cultures and dysfunctional processes in companies, enabling enhanced group dynamics and the creation of high-performance teams.
- Better work-life balance. Determine when to pull back and how to share responsibilities, thus creating a better work-life balance.
Participants of this highly selective programme are: senior leaders from large and medium-sized firms; entrepreneurs; or senior executives in the public sector. Typically CEOs or board members, participants hold top-level positions and are in the mature phase of their careers.
On leaving The Challenge of Leadership, you become a full member of the INSEAD alumni community, which is open only to graduates of our world-famous MBA and other degree programmes, as well as selected former Executive Education participants.
This elite worldwide network consists of over 57,000 alumni in around 172 countries, many with very active National Alumni Associations. As part of the alumni community, you benefit from lifelong networking and professional development opportunities, including regional events, refresher programmes and reduced rates for all Executive Education.
This programme qualifies for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management.
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