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Leading your strategic environment

Developing strategic leadership and business priorities through a one-day leadership masterclass

Strategic leadership

Decisions taken by leaders such as restructuring, refocusing or upskilling their organisations are influenced by the state of the external environment. As technology advances and customers become more demanding – and powerful –  strategic decision-making is increasingly challenging.

Leaders must also operate in an ‘authorising environment’ where the likes of the media, competitors, the legal environment, the government can work for or against your organisation’s ambitions.

To succeed in these turbulent times, leaders need to be crystal clear on their priorities, excel at engaging with and shaping the external environment and understand which features of the authorising environment need the most attention.

Course features

Leading your strategic environment is a one-day, ready-to-run masterclass on strategic leadership.

This masterclass focuses on the central question of how best to frame the leader’s role in engaging with and influencing the strategic environment. And it explores the importance of the speed, how frequent engagement should be and where attention needs to be.

We measure the impact of the course through post-course evaluation, giving you confidence about the return on your investment. The relationships and learning community built between participants during the course fosters peer support, engagement and on-going personal development.

What to expect

We cover:

  • Models of strategic leadership
  • The strategic triangle; organisational purpose, means and the authorising environment
  • The capability challenges of shaping the environment 
  • Raising your levels of influence and impact
  • A strategic view of networking
  • Urgent and important priorities; getting a grip on your time
  • Getting your organisation fit to shape the environment
  • Leading-edge thinking in this field
  • Short burst theory input
  • Illustrative cases of environment-shaping
  • Live examination of your strategic priorities
  • A strategic view of diary management
  • Takeaway hints and tips

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of scanning the operating environment and adapting to shifts/disruptions
  • Engage and influence at strategic levels using tools and techniques covered in our masterclass
  • Formulate clear, practical steps to deliver bold and audacious strategic ambitions
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Course details

Course delivery:

Leading your strategic environment is a one-day masterclass for up to 12 participants that is led by one of our consultants in a location of your choice. The day will generally run from 9am to 5pm, with individual topics taking between 30 minutes to one hour. 

Who should attend?

Leaders who would like to learn how to engage with and influence the strategic environment in which their organisation operates.


The price for this course is £2,350. Please do speak to us about pricing in other currencies.

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Start the conversation

Speak to us today about how your leaders should be engaging with and influencing the straegic environment to ensure your business remains relevant and successful in these turbulent times.