Open Program

The Leadership Experience: Leading on the Edge

An innovative, intensive leadership course not for the faint of heart.

This intensive 3.5-day program will give you the chance to experience today the leadership challenges you will face tomorrow.

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The Leadership Experience: Leading on the Edge

Upcoming Dates

13 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017

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31 Oct 2017 - 03 Nov 2017

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Please note: the first day starts at 17:00.

Program Overview

In these turbulent times we need leaders who are prepared for the unexpected. Today’s successful leaders are able to manage their anxieties in the face of ambiguity and instil confidence in those who follow them.

The Leadership Experience: Leading on the Edge will help you to learn more about yourself by experiencing some of the critical incidents that you are likely to face as a leader over the next ten years.

By practising now, you will be able to rely on your ‘muscle memory’ to deal effectively with these incidents when you encounter them in future.

Content and Structure


Before the residential phase of the program you will:

  • Have a telephone coaching session with an Ashridge leadership coach to discuss your objectives for the program
  • Seek a mentor within your organization to support you in your development
  • Work through the Ashridge Learning Guide on leadership
  • Keep a leadership journal and gain feedback from your colleagues

Residential phase

The evening before the program starts we gather the group together to meet each other and go through the welcome briefing.

Over the next three days, we aim to accelerate your leadership development by projecting you into the future. During the program, you will take on the role of director of an organization, working with other members of the Board, dealing with various challenges along the way.

The challenges you will tackle are based on Ashridge’s research findings that pinpoint the critical events that shape the careers of current leaders.

They include:

  • Stepping up to take real responsibility
  • Leading in times of rapid change and ambiguity
  • Learning from good and bad bosses
  • Delivering results through others
  • Balancing strategic change issues with business as usual
  • Handling difficult conversations
  • Dealing with media and public relations issues
  • Realizing when you need help and asking for it
  • Balancing work and life priorities

You are assigned a tutor to support you and your peers are encouraged to provide feedback on your strengths and areas for development. The tutors also share insight into how the research was shaped and what this means for your leadership development.


You will have two follow-up personal coaching sessions, usually at three month intervals after the program. The sessions are designed to support you as you take your leadership skills forward and start to experience the critical incidents in your professional role.

You are also given continued access to your online program portal and Virtual Ashridge content for six months after your residential stay.

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This program is a module of our Advanced Management Program.

All Ashridge Open Programs are taught in English, find out how we can help you to improve your English.

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Participant Feedback

“Greatest leadership program to get in touch with yourself, build self-awareness and take it from there.”

Paloma Passos, Head of International Portfolios, City & Guilds

“A totally different experience bringing the textbooks to life.”

Ellen Thornber, Business Change Manager, New Look Retailers Ltd

"This has been an amazing experience. I learnt a lot."

Tareq Al Ameri, Director- Social Development Sector, General Secretariat of Executive Council for Abu Dhabi

Program fee

Price: £4,950.00 + VAT
What is included in your open program fee?

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Who is it for?

You are a high potential manager moving into a leadership role, on a fast track to greater leadership responsibility. You may be part of your organization's succession plan.  You enjoy learning through experimentation and actively seek new experiences.

Benefits to you and your organization

It normally takes ten years of bitter experience in the field for a leader to acquire the knowledge contained in this program. Thanks to Ashridge’s extensive research findings, you have the opportunity to condense this learning into just a few days. You will learn key lessons on your own terms and practise your responses to situations in the safe environment of Ashridge. In the future, when it really matters, you will know what to do.

Your organization’s investment in its future leaders is vital to retaining talent with the strength and flexibility to cope with what lies ahead. This experience is the ultimate test run. It allows you to assess your readiness for leadership and how to prepare yourself for the challenges that are likely to arise.

Faculty Team

Megan Reitz

Megan Reitz

MA (Cantab), MSc, MRes, PhD

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Nick Roy

Nick Roy

BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MSc

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John Neal

John Neal

B.Hum, Dip Psych.

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Debbie Wayth

Debbie Wayth

BA (Hons), MSc

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Sharon Olivier

Sharon Olivier


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