Revised for 2019. Develop your management perspective and leadership capabilities. This immersive learning experience, designed for early career professionals with high managerial potential, blends professional development with personal growth to provide you with a clearer strategic understanding, broadening your business expertise and developing your leadership capabilities.

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At a glance

  • Dates
    • 14 Mar 2022
  • Duration2-3 days virtual learning + 5 days residential + 5 days residential + review sessions after 6 and 12 months
  • LocationCranfield Campus and Virtual Learning
  • Cost£11,550 + VAT
    Concessions available

Module dates

The programme modules run on the following dates:

   March 2022
Virtual Learning

Opens 14 March 2022
Module 2
  25-29 April 2022
Module 3
  6-10 June 2022
Review 1
  8 September 2022
Review 2

March 2023 tbc

What you will learn

You will leave the programme with:

  • Greater confidence and competence to work outside your comfort zone.
  • A wider perspective on management, enabling you to make a substantive contribution to the whole organisation.
  • A strategic mind set so you can focus and align your activity to adding long term value.
  • Increased understanding of decision making, constructive politics and social dynamics, allowing you to effectively influence and engage across all levels, functions and cultures, even without formal authority.

Core content

Professional development 
To broaden your perspective on management, the programme will focus on a range of organisational functions and the leadership skills they demand to deliver results.

Personal growth
To develop your ability to influence without authority, this programme incorporates psychometric assessments to determine and maximise your leadership style. 
You will cover a range of organisational and interpersonal leadership skills and identify and execute a real life project that adds value to your organisation. 

Business simulation 
During the course of the programme, you will work with a group of fellow participants on a business simulation, assessing complex situations and making strategic decisions concerning a fictitious commercial business.


The programme is split into three modules, the first is delivered via our virtual learning environment which should take approximately 2-3 days to complete. This is followed by two Cranfield residential modules which are five days each. You will benefit from coaching sessions following each module, plus face to face reviews at six and 12 months.

Talent Development Programme


Benefits for your organisation:

  • Enhanced operational functional team performance and leadership.
  • Increased empowerment and innovation.
  • Less silo working and more cross-business collaboration.
  • Strategically aligned operational and functional development.
  • Bottom-up as well as top-down change capability.
  • A stronger talent and succession pipeline. 

Who should attend

  • Early career professionals with high managerial potential, ready to accelerate their career development and business contribution through broader management responsibility.
  • Functional experts needing a broader organisational perspective, the ability to influence without formal authority, to be seen as credible and to develop effective relationships across the organisation.
  • Participants come from a broad variety of organisations ranging from mid-size businesses to large corporations across all sectors.

Case studies

"I read others better and understand their way of looking at things so am now more influential in the business too. The things I have introduced are now common practice and the widely dispersed team is more connected, steadily developing and more performance focused."
Ciaran McNicholas, Sales Manager, Mangrove UK

"The programme has shaped my career. I have had a 180º change. I am much more direct and positive. I network widely and understand others’ agendas. As a result I can easily engage with my senior colleagues."
Nourah Alhajri, HR Business Partner, SSH

“Overall the programme has helped me develop my credibility in the business by giving me more confidence to think strategically, to be more proactive and work with others more effectively.” 
Jamie Cartwright, AME Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Read more about past participants' experience of the Talent Development Programme.

Programme Director

Philippa Thurgur


20% discount (tuition fee only) for Cranfield School of Management Alumni who have attended one of our eligible leadership programmes.

Accommodation options and prices

Tuition, course materials, full board accommodation and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. 

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University