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The Purposeful Leader


If you are a leader in a complex organisation, you will be familiar with the challenges of operating in an environment that is highly pressured, time-sensitive and goal-orientated. You will be expected to deliver in the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity (VUCA) world whilst being acutely sensitive to your working environment. 

Facing information overload, your current way of working may tend to focus on the operational/technical tasks of your role at the expense of the wider strategic context. This programme will help you see the importance of making intentional choices and bringing your teams with you and gaining others’ commitment.

A 'purposeful leader' needs to be able to work effectively to ensure deliberate outcomes for themselves, the team and the organisation. The purposeful leader makes informed decisions to produce consistently higher performance from their teams. The purposeful leader thinks strategically to focus on high leverage activities that are aligned with their organisation’s key goals. 

The programme is intensive and highly experiential. You will hear the theory then immediately have the opportunity to experience yourself in simulated professional situations and learn from your own (and others') actions and reactions. 

This will enable you to identify and understand the conscious and unconscious factors shaping your decisions, actions and habits. It will separate the demands of the role from personal preference and investigate modes of operation and examine fundamental choices about where and how time is spent. 

The barriers to reaching full effectiveness are often unconscious and the programme will provide individual personal development time along with time and space for reflection to discover genuine personal insight.

Why Cambridge?

  • Brand new programme, drawing upon cutting-edge research
  • Accomplished faculty bringing together diverse experiences and perspectives on the challenges facing today's modern leaders
  • Focused and time-efficient, with pre- and post-programme learning
  • Includes coaching that works within your schedule
  • Highly experiential


"Learn to master your attention and you will be in command of where you, and your organisation, focus." 

This programme will cover the importance of focusing on self, others and the organisation.

Focusing on "self" helps participants use insights from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to operate at peak performance and to develop emotional intelligence, a key leadership capability:

  • Self-optimisation: understanding how key insights from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology can enable us to operate at a level of peak performance, reduce stress and make better decisions
  • Self-awareness: knowing one's strengths, weaknesses, drives, values, and impact on others
  • Self-regulation: controlling or redirecting disruptive impulses and moods

Focusing on "others" enables participants to emerge as natural, authentic leaders:

  • Motivation: relishing achievement for its own sake
  • Empathy: understanding other people's emotional makeup
  • Social skill: building rapport with others to move them in desired directions

Focusing on the strategic context will improve participant’s ability to devise the critical components of strategy and manage change:

  • Strategic thinking including an awareness of systems, stakeholders and influencers
  • Identify key competitive challenges and ensure the organisation is positioned to meet it
  • Strategy execution


A practical, focused three-day programme structured to address the challenges of leadership in the modern workplace.

  • Enhance your own, personalised authentic leadership style by making more informed decisions and choosing behaviours which will unlock consistently higher performance for you and your teams 
  • Gain insight from leading edge academic research
  • Increase your leadership effectiveness through greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • This programme will help you see the importance of bringing your teams with you and gaining others' commitment
  • Getting the best out of yourself, your teams and the wider organisation

Who should attend

Experienced and successful senior managers leading teams, divisions or business units, who wish to better understand themselves and their leadership style in order to become more effective. Participants will work for organisations from any sector or industry.

Faculty & speakers

Mark Smith.

Mark Smith

Fellow & Executive Education Senior Advisor

MBA (Henley Business School)

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Suzanne Weeks

Suzanne Weeks

Suzanne is a global leadership development professional with experience in multinational companies, family businesses, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations.

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Suzanne designs and delivers leadership and personal development initiatives for teams and individuals at all levels of management, including executives and boards. Suzanne left corporate life in 2006, after almost 20 years in senior management roles on three continents, and has 10 years' experience in coaching and consulting to organisations, teams, and leaders. She is an experienced facilitator and trainer.

Much of her work is with small groups and intact teams, developing their leadership capabilities and helping them move from good to great performance. Suzanne has worked extensively in cross-cultural teams, both as a line manager and as a consultant. Much of her work uses a psychodynamic approach, achieving sustainable improvement and lasting change in behaviour by identifying root causes. Suzanne defines success as helping clients increase both their performance and the satisfaction of the people who work for them by increasing trust and respect, developing effective processes and improving relationships.

Suzanne holds a Diploma in Coaching and Consulting for Change, from INSEAD, a Masters in Management from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelors in Geology. She has continued her own learning and development by attending many trainings and workshops and is qualified in a range of tools including coaching, leadership development, emotional intelligence and various psychometric instruments.

She lives in Switzerland and maintains roots also in France and the UK, where her two children are at university.

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
10-12 December 2019 3 days £5,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £5,995 + 20% = £7,194.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks, and a dinner at an historic Cambridge college. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

The programme fee also includes psychometric 360 assessment and feedback and 1:1 coaching calls. 

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Sales & Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 768071

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Version 1.2 (12 August 2019)


3 days


10-12 December 2019

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