Course Overview

The UCT GSB Executive Development Programme is a high-impact short course designed to equip senior leaders with the strategic thinking, innovative mind-set and values-based leadership needed to ensure long-term competitive advantage for their organisations.

What you will walk away with

  • Greater insight into strategy, results-based leadership and values-based leadership
  • The ability to manage complexity and change
  • Access to best leadership practices and the latest strategies for sustaining a competitive edge
  • An awareness and understanding of leadership in an emerging market
  • Greater creativity and innovation in leadership
  • An understanding of reputation management and the ability to guide the concept in the workplace
  • An opportunity to expand your network
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The Executive Development programme is a unique and innovative programme that provides you with unparalleled awareness and insight into your role as a leader. Learn from experienced business leaders and collaborate with your peers to solve complex business challenges. Learn how to recognise talent and cultivate new leaders with independent mindsets to help your organisation flourish in the face of an increasingly complex business world.

Additional Course Information

Module Breakdown

Curriculum Overview

Personal Mastery & Self Awareness
Strength Finder

Personality assessment tool, improves self-awareness, communication styles and culture. Longer term sustainability, requires that people go beyond I.Q. and develop their full E.Q.

Leadership Purpose
Half Day

Designed to equip participants with well-rounded knowledge about current global contemporary issues and opportunities that are influencing leading self and others.

Neuroscience of engagement incl. Time to think methodology
Half Day

Exploring the concept of Neuroplasticity. Draws on the work of Nancy Kline on creating generative thinking environments.

We will explore somatic intelligence and the impact on leadership presence, emotional regulation, and collaboration.
We will look at the impact of your words and how you use them on your leadership.

Signature leadership, communication and presencing, incl. Influencing

Understand the importance of your leadership presence.

Holistic and strategic presentation skills and presencing.

Systems thinking and creative problem solving

Provides delegates with a practical toolkit with which to approach complex problems collectively. The tools encourage an inclusive approach to problem-solving, underpinned by Systems Thinking principles and frameworks.

Organisational change and transformation

Delegates are guided on how transformation and change, and improved performance can be achieved through a clear understanding of behavioural, structural, and operations strategies, and leading a successful change programme.

Dare to lead

Developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.

Innovation and design thinking

The purpose of the session is to unlock divergent, innovative and creative thinking. We will use Empathy Maps to understand more about self and others. This session integrates personal mastery and design thinking and learning how to solve complex problems, through applying convergent and divergent thinking.

Advanced strategic thinking and planning

Covers a broad selection of the essential frameworks, models and tools needed to engage effectively in shaping and influencing organisational strategy. It is the ultimate practical guide for leading the strategy conversations.

Digital transformation

Explore key technical drivers, explore strategic imperative and Digital Darwinism. Explore how digital transformation affects current and future customer/employee experiences.

Behavioural economics

Learn what really drives and motivates decisions. This will have the dual impact of improving your decision making and also enabling you to nudge to your preferred outcome

Data science leadership for executives

This module provides a broad overview of key data science leadership concepts, including how to develop, drive, and scale a data science strategy; the required building blocks: people, data, and technology; and an In depth review of use cases for your specific industry.

Minimum Requirements:

  • National Senior Certificate, NQF 4 or equivelant
  • English proficiency
  • 3 or more years work experience at middle management level

Who should apply:

  • Seasoned management professional
  • Senior managent or executive level
  • Leaders of company, division, international subsidiary, business unit or major function

What our alumni say

Learn with the best

Our Internationally acclaimed researchers and teachers are all dedicated and gifted individuals who contribute directly to UCT GSB's reputation of excellence.

Dr Beverly Shrand
Dr Beverly Shrand

Course Convenor

Beverly began her corporate career at Reader’s Digest South Africa, where she held various management positions including circulation manager for the flagship magazine.
Mr Jodie Martin
Mr Jodie Martin

Head: Executive Education

Jodie Martin is the Executive Education Head of Department where he leads and supports our world-class Executive Education delivery team.
Ms Tarryn Mentoor
Ms Tarryn Mentoor

Client Liaison Officer

Tarryn is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with over 8 years of experience in the higher education short course industry.


Acquire new competencies and move your career to the next level!


15% for 3 - 6 applicants (bulk discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (bulk discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

The UCT GSB's Breakwater Campus is situated in the heart of Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Centrally located and easily accessed, the UCT GSB is just 1.5km away from the central business district and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

As an added benefit to studying at the UCT GSB, you'll be situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Click here to see what Cape town has to offer.

Certificate of completion

Flights & accommodation costs are not included.

The course is a non-credit-bearing course delivered at the equivalent of an NQF 8 postgraduate level of study.

The course is accredited through UCT, which is a registered public higher education institution with the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Each programme is accredited through an internal UCT quality assurance process, as delegated by the CHE, ensuring the excellent quality of our offering.
In short, this course does not refer to NQF levels.



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