Global Business Leadership Program

Are you ready to lead the future?

The new Global Business Leadership Program is for leaders who are stepping up to become the next CEO – or maybe initially to join the C-suite, to run a business unit, or getting ready to do so. It’s for leaders who seek to be re-inspired, re-energised, ready for an incredible future – to drive business-wide transformation, to reimagine their industry, to change the way their entire business and market works.

It’s for ambitious leaders, game changers, future makers.

  • If you can see yourself leading your business into the future … if you can start to imagine a business of the future, beyond that currently imagined by your leaders and peers. … then this is for you.
  • If you are intensely curious, positively dissatisfied, and highly ambitious … and have the courage to take on the next step, not just for you, but for your business too … then this is for you.
  • If you want to be successful in today’s world … making sense of an incredible, complex and fast-changing world … and how you can have the brains and boldness to create, shape and deliver the future in your own vision.

The program typically brings together 20-30 business leaders from different sectors who work with our global experts, and with each other, to transform their personal and business futures.

The program typically takes on a hybrid format – to make it even more accessible, practical, and applied to the changing needs of leaders and business – combining physical and online modules – enabling participants to learn more, apply more, and get more practical value from the experience.

Topical, practical content

The content is live and updated constantly, anticipating the changing needs of business and its people as we emerge from the recent Covid-19 crisis, and through the next decade – from the megatrends that drive global markets and intelligent technologies, to the convergence of markets and emergence of new business models, new ways of working and the challenges of leading for today, and tomorrow.

We look to the companies who are shaping the world right now – from Amazon and Aerofarms, Biontech and Bytedance, Canva to Coupang, DBS to Danone. We will learn from many different sectors – from the rapidly changing world of healthcare and finance, fashion and retail, manufacturing and technology. How are they being shaped by AI and digital platforms, by 3D printing and ecosystems, emerging markets and new consumer agendas?

Business transformation, personal transformation

The program takes on a more dynamic learning style, helping your to explore how to transform yourself and your business, for a world of rapid and continuous change.

We’ve structured the four “paths” into a practical yet exciting journey through the world of business –  starting from the future megatrends to today’s growth drivers, exploring a world of disruptive innovations and energising organisations.

We combine business and personal challenges – business transformation and personal transformation – to provide market and organisational context, and personal and actionable relevance. “What does it mean for me, my business, and our future?”

Path 1: Future Shapers

Making sense of change, exploring megatrends and their implications for business, today and tomorrow, and making better choices for your future direction, are all essential to successful leadership. The rise of emerging markets, new technologies and next-generation audiences is accompanied by the increasing scarcity of resources, social fragmentation and climate change. The Fourth Industrial Revolution heralds a new era for business and society, from digitalization and automation to 3D printing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics. Topics include

  • Purposeful futures: How will you lead the future, find a higher purpose, shape it in your own vision, and take your business on an uncertain journey towards a better tomorrow?
  • Exponential technologies: Harnessing the potential of new capabilities, from digital and big data to biotech and nanotech as well as AI and robotics.
  • Future anthropology: Rethinking work, education and employment, aging and healthcare, urbanization and belonging, wealth and happiness – how people and tech work better together.
  • Resource scarcity: Changing sources of energy, the peak of rare metals, high-tech components, patented technologies, talent and creativity – shifting from sustainable to circular models.
  • Future shaping: Making sense of change and making better choices. Harnessing the value drivers and using scenario planning to shape the future you want.
  • Winning strategies: Defining the right direction and priorities, guided by an inspiring purpose, and harnessing the drivers of value.

Path 2: Growth Drivers

Markets are complex, competitive and dynamic. New markets emerge, and old markets decline, as new audiences, new aspirations and new possibilities drive new growth. Focusing on the best opportunities for growth becomes key to your future, and reimagining how your business can embrace them profitably. Digital markets have no limits, and allow even the smallest businesses to have a huge impact, while accelerating the convergence of sectors and businesses.– so what is your purpose, that will guide you through the future horizons of growth? Topics include

  • Growth markets: Exploring the changing the nature of markets. Creating new spaces based on new customers and solutions, driving your growth horizons.
  • Inspiring purpose: Finding your north star, why your business exists, and how putting purpose beyond profit, can transform your activities and success.
  • Customer futures: Understanding the changing aspirations and behaviours of customers, with deeper insight to understand and engage them better.
  • Platform markets: Harnessing the power of digital networks to create new market models that bring buyers and sellers together in new ways, creating new value.
  • Growth accelerators: Consumer data, digital network, and new business models enable you to accelerate every aspect of business, and your future growth.
  • Sustaining impact: Ensuring that the organisation has the capacity to renew and adapt to deliver shared value in the short and long term.

Path 3: Business Innovators

Disruption is everywhere, whether it’s a start-up challenging established giants, new technologies replacing inefficient processes, simplicity outperforming complexity or customers challenging businesses to do better. The impact can be dramatic. Reputations can be made and destroyed in a matter of days, while veteran companies are wiped off the map. How can you turn the tables and become the disrupter by developing insights, ideas, innovative strategies and business models that can be delivered quickly and efficiently?

  • Strategic innovation: Transforming ideas into new solutions, strategies into action, embracing disruptive change, to reimagine your future business.
  • Creative designs: Harnessing the power of creativity, fused with deep insight, to design better solutions – products and services, experiences and business.
  • Sustainable innovation: Innovating to solve the biggest social and environmental challenges, in a way that is good for the world, and more profitable too.
  • Business Models: Rethinking how organisations work to deliver innovative propositions, leveraging assets and partners to create new ways of working.
  • Fast and agile: Shaping organisations and processes to be agile and efficient, leveraging strengths and addressing weaknesses both internally and externally.
  • Invincible companies: Bringing together your innovation portfolio as a source of relentless progress and profitable growth for your business.

Path 4: Global Leaders

The best leaders amplify the potential of their teams and their business. By developing an effective leadership style, they can inspire, engage, connect and support to drive long-term direction and meet short-term goals. Leaders of the future will drive change in a way that unlocks talent and performance, constantly reinventing organisations. How will you lead yourself, your team and your business towards a better future, one that combines purpose with passion, profit and progress? This module is interspersed across the whole program, in order to connect with the many different business topics.

  • Driving change: Making better, more strategic decisions every day, turning strategy into implementation, while using the right metrics and rewards, to drive transformation and performance.
  • Energising people: Mobilising employees to think and deliver strategy innovatively and profitably, unlocking the power of teams and humanity in a positive culture.
  • Authentic organizations: From corporate to personal reputations, ethics and responsibility, how do you build trust and authenticity inside and outside the business?
  • Talent beacons: How to attract, engage and retain the best people in an ideas-driven world – to nurture, motivate, and inspire them to create the future.
  • High performance: Improving your personal and business wellbeing to drive high performance, physically and mentally, agile and resilient, with a winning mindset.
  • Leadership style: Why should you be the leader? What do you have that will take your company further? And why will anyone want to be led by you?

Live business simulations 

The ultimate challenge for any business leader is to put all the ideas, strategies, projects together as a transformational program for the organisation over time.

The business simulation takes the format of an interactive game, playing with other students around the world, physically and online, over three months. It will focus on one particular, dynamic industry and be relevant to what is happening right now in the real world.

If you were the CEO of a leading business in that industry, what would you do? Imagine you are in the world of mobility – Elon Musk has just launched a partnership with Volkswagen, China is massively subsidising rapid adoption, safety regulation is changing, factories can not cope with the growth in demand, media and employees need to be kept on side.

Future Maker projects

In addition to exploring the very latest business ideas and theories, the program is highly personalised in two ways – coaching and project work. The “Future Maker” project is your opportunity to develop your own blueprint for transforming the future of your business, or a new business of your own.

You work one to one with the Academic Director in exploring and defining a new vision which you can take back, share with your business colleagues, and implement over time. It is supported by a Future Maker Toolkit, and works alongside all modules, applying the learning to your own business, and future potential.

The project is one of the most valuable deliverables from the program – new thinking, a new vision, a new roadmap – for how participants can go back to their organisations, and take them further, driving new innovation and growth.

Faculty of Global Experts

The program builds on 5 years of experience by Peter Fisk, as academic director, developing a leading the hugely successful Global Advanced Management Program at IE Business School:


We bring together the world’s most inspiring and thoughtful faculty. This year it additionally includes

  • Peter Fisk, academic director, highly experienced business leader and consultant, bestselling author and entrepreneur.
  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, chairman of Siemens and Maersk, author of Dreams and Details, one of the world’s top leaders.
  • Tendayi Viki, a psychologist-based innovator, author of Pirates in the Navy, and partner of Strategyzer
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez , GSK’s top project manager, and author of The Project Revolution
  • Mark Esposito, technology futurist and AI pioneer, founder of Nexus FrontierTech, and faculty at Harvard
  • Terence Tse, co-author of the AI Republic, expert on the future of finance, and co-chair of the Start-Up Lab
  • Juan Carlos Pastor, professor of leadership at IE Business School, leading on authentic leadership
  • Marcos Cajina, leadership expert who focuses on the neuroscience of emotional engagement
  • Steven MacGregor, author of Chief Wellbeing Officer, founder of the Leadership Academy of Barcelona
  • Mark Fritz, expert in leading change, author of Lead and Influence, having worked on four continents for Kodak
  • Verónica Reyero, human anthropologist exploring a more human future, and founder of Anthropologia 2.0
  • Mark Thomas, social economist, founder of 99% Organisation, fighting for social equality.
  • Rob-Jan de Jong, author of Anticipate, professor at Wharton Business School, and expert on leading the future
  • Mikael Trolle, former national coach of Denmark’s Volleyball team, and coach to many business leader

Here are a few tasters of the expert faculty and their big ideas …

Jim Hagemann Snabe … one of the world’s top business leaders, on Dreams and Details:

Tendayi Viki … the psychologist innovator creates the invincible company:

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez  … the world’s top project manager on leading transformation:

Verónica Reyero … the modern anthropologist, exploring better human futures:

Terence Tse … AI driving the future of business:

Chris Rangen … Leading transformation:

Terence Mauri … being a courageous leader:

Mark Esposito … the Canadian futurist explores the future as it unfolds:


Steven MacGregor … well-being habits for leaders to start every day:

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