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Giving senior executives the leading edge

Leaders speak often of the weight of responsibility that accompanies senior leadership positions. The careers, futures and even the everyday quality of life of many, depend upon senior leaders’ decisions.

While today’s leaders are undoubtedly better informed about what constitutes good leadership than at any other time in history, there is often a gap between what they themselves believe they should be doing, and what they are doing today.

Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice (LEAP) helps senior leaders bridge this gap. The six-month journey – comprising three residential modules and individual and group work in between – focuses only to a limited extent on evidence about successful leadership. Rather, we spend most of our time enabling participants to shift behaviour in the areas that would give their leadership the greatest leverage.

The programme is built on the idea that while we know a great deal about what drives effective behaviour, even leaders who are aware of that evidence deviate from such behaviour. Hence we work on making participants aware of thoughts and tendencies, often habitual in nature, which seem to capture them in the moments of decision.

Awareness becomes the first step to reprogramming reactions so that new, more effective habits replace the old.

How you benefit

  • Gain a better understanding of your leadership style, its origins, and impacts on you and others
  • Revisit your priorities – current and future – and hone in on the professional and personal legacy you want to leave behind
  • Shift behaviour in ways that will amplify your strengths and develop new capabilities through identification, development, feedback and practice
  • Complement “doing” with “reflection” thereby enhancing your capacity to self-learn.


Participant profile

LEAP is designed for senior executives who are operating at or near the top of their organisations. This includes CEOs, managing directors or executive vice-presidents in large and medium-sized corporations; senior partners in professional firms; senior executives in not-for-profit or public organisations; entrepreneurs; owners of large family businesses; and board members of any such organisations.

Alumni status

On leaving LEAP, 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 55,000 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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