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Leadership Essentials

Our Leadership Essentials course is a high energy, high impact programme that focuses on how to lead individuals, teams and organisations. It takes you through all the key leadership skills and demonstrates how to brainstorm, how to build a great culture and how to inspire.

Drawing upon our extensive experience of successful leadership development across differing industries and sectors, this experiential programme looks at how to develop excellent leadership skills as an on-going process to make a lasting difference to both you and your organisation.

We blend together all aspects of Executive Education at Alliance MBS to create a uniquely personalised interactive course that meets the needs and ambitions of today’s leaders in business – and it marks the start of a lifelong connection with Alliance MBS.

After three days of focusing on your own leadership style, you will be equipped to make a step-change in the levels of responsibility you have for the management and leadership of people, understanding how to get more out of yourself, your team and your organisation.

The Benefits


Short, sharp, concentrated bursts of learning that offer maximum exposure, experience and impact with minimum disruption to working life.


Open programme attracts a wide range of industries, sectors, backgrounds, personalities and leadership styles meaning delegates can learn from, challenge and support each other.


Each delegate explores their own leadership style and qualities through co-coaching and feedback, as well as detailed psychometric testing.


The programme recognises the ongoing process and interconnection of developing leadership excellence at three levels: self, team and organisation. You'll leave with an understanding of how your leadership style impacts on others and how you can be more effective as a leader.


Uniquely designed to support different learning styles with a combination of group exercises, real life observations and co-coaching.


By exploring the "how to" of leadership, you'll have a toolkit to put the theory into practice.


Each session is facilitated by leading business academics and researchers with a wealth of experience in delivering Executive Education programmes to professional cohorts.


Programme delivers both individual and organisational benefits and promotes a lifelong connection with Alliance MBS through our Executive Education Network.

The Delegates

Each delegate will be making a step-change in the levels of responsibility they have for the management and leadership of people.

A typical delegate may be:

  • Moving from middle to senior management
  • Required to think and work more strategically
  • Taking on more people or teams
  • Moving into a different part of an organisation
  • Looking to start or expand a business
  • Looking to work on the culture of their organisation
  • Tasked with encouraging greater creativity and innovation

The Programme

Before each programme starts, all participants are asked to share a pen portrait to our virtual learning environment (VLE) along with the leadership context within your own organisation.

This means the programme team has a full picture of the make-up of the group, enabling us to address the common themes and issues and work out the best trios for your coaching conversations.

You will also complete the Hogan Suite of psychometric tools in advance of the programme - the Hogan Motives Values and Preferences Inventory, the Hogan Personality Inventory and the Hogan Development Survey. These tools provide extensive coverage of key aspects of motivation, personality, character and even potential limitations.

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Over the three days you will learn and share ideas and insights with delegates from different sectors, industries and geographies - all of whom have their own motivations, personality traits and leadership styles to observe and learn from.

The programme is underpinned by co- coaching to help you develop your own unique leadership style.

The Team

Alliance Manchester Business School has some of the most highly-regarded experts in business management. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking on to the course to your post programme executive coaching sessions, they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Our Team - Emma Farnworth
Emma Farnworth
Programme Manager

Our Experts - Nick Clifford
Dr Nick Clifford
Programme Director and Senior Fellow in Executive Education

Our Experts - Mark Batey
Dr Mark Batey

Academic Director and Head of Global Open Programmes

Our Team - Robin Martin

Professor Robin Martin
Professor of Organisational Psychology

Key features

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Psychometric testing

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How to toolkit of leadership

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Leadership Essentials Executive Education case study

"The course was an enriching experience, giving me the tools and confidence to develop the skills where I feel my strengths lie, which in turn will enhance my weaker talents."

Lyn Chapman, Centre Manager, Basepoint Business Centres

The Manchester Leadership Development Programme


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