The Boardroom Skills programme
The Boardroom Skills programme
Discover what it takes to be a successful board member and expand your leadership skill set.
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Boardroom Skills

Suitable for

Current and future board members and those who work with them (including executive and non-executive directors)








1,500€ (inc. VAT)

Programme length

2 days

At a glance

  • Understand your leadership strengths and how to use them to maximum effect in your role
  • Deepen your knowledge and achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Work on live challenges common in emerging markets and interact with start-ups in advanced markets at an international level
  • Benefit from highly-experienced, inspiring academic tutors
  • Meet, and share experiences with, an array of like-minded multinational professionals from a wide range of industries


Boardroom Skills

Boardroom Skills

The Boardroom Skills Programme equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective board member. It will debunk the myths and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the role.

Informed by Henley's extensive global research, the programme empowers you to diagnose and respond to your board's specific challenges.

Small yet diverse learning groups give you a confidential forum in which you can share your experiences. You will also learn through stimulating practitioner-led sessions and high profile guest speakers.

Key benefits

For individuals

  • Understand how to add value and determine competitive advantage in your organisation
  • Gain the self-confidence to maximise your role on the board
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to facilitate others to fulfil both their individual and collective potential

For businesses

  • Develop board members who fully understand their roles and obligations, and who appreciate the value of shared goals
  • Generate greater loyalty, retention and productivity throughout your organisation
  • Develop an approach that supports your organisation's reputation and is in line with your values and ethics

Course Structure

The programme is delivered in person which allows an engaging and stimulating experience that will give you a unique insight into the boardroom.

Led by Professor Andrew Kakabadse, the programme is based around practitioner-led experiences and research. Over the sessions you will be introduced to a number of high-profile board experts who will share their knowledge and expertise in frank and open conversations and presentations. Through confidential group discussion, questioning and sharing your own challenges, you will get an in depth understanding of what really goes on in the boardroom and how you can make the best contribution.

The learning style offers a personal approach, with close interaction with the Programme Director.

In-person: Delivered over 2 days

Programme content

Board structure and responsibilities

  • The composition, role and dynamics of boards, including director relationships and their effect on the functioning of the board
  • Board diversity
  • The contribution of sub-committees and non-executive directors

Strategic performance (your own, your board's and your organisation's)

  • How to engage fully with stakeholders
  • How to influence and effectively manage relations
  • When boards become dysfunctional
  • Your organisation’s competitive advantage and how to leverage it
  • Governance and its role in sustainable success
  • The importance of corporate, social and community responsibility and reputation

The programme also covers:

  • Role and contribution of investors
  • How to get on to a Board
  • Moral dilemmas

Informed by research with top teams globally

Programme Director Professor Andrew Kakabadse has collated the biggest database of boards in the world, from 37 countries including China, Russia, the Middle East and the USA. This research informs the Board Directors' Programme, giving you additional insight into your unique board challenges.

Professor of Governance & Leadership, Programme Director, The Boardroom Skills Programme, Chairman of the Henley Directors’ Forum

Teaching Staff

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Professor of Governance & Leadership, Programme Director, The Boardroom Skills Programme, Chairman of the Henley Directors’ Forum

Professor Andrew Kakabadse has undertaken global studies spanning over 20,000 organisations (in the private, public and third sector) and 41 countries. His research focuses on the areas of board performance, governance, leadership and policy.

His background is in environmental sciences, public policy, child guidance and psychiatric social work, and organisational psychology.

Andrew has published 45 books and over 250 scholarly articles, including bestselling books The Politics of Management, Working in Organisations, The Success Formula and Leadership Intelligence: The 5Qs. He has won numerous prizes for his scholarly articles.

He has consulted for the British, Irish, Australian, Omani, UAE and Saudi Arabian governments, as well as Citi, Bank of America, BMW, Ford, NatWest Bank, RBS, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swedish Post, Severstal (Russia), Heidrick and Struggles, KPMG, Bank of Ireland, Royal Ulster Constabulary and numerous other organisations. He has acted as an advisor to several UN agencies, the World Bank, charities, and health and police organisations.

Andrew is listed in Who’s Who and is a life member of the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Science and Arts, the British Psychological Society, the British Academy of Management and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He has lectured all over the world and held numerous visiting positions including Macquarie University (Sydney), Center for Creative Leadership (USA) and Université Paris II Pantheon-Assas.

Executive Education at Henley

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

Please contact Dr. Thomas Kunze for more details:


Dr. Thomas Kunze

Director of Operations Henley Business School Germany

"Very thought provoking ... I feel confident to work with the board to further strengthen it."

Warren Turner, Financial Director, Moneyhub Financial Technology Ltd