Professional development and personal growth to accelerate your career

Who is this for

Early career professionals with high managerial potential seeking to:

  1. develop their management perspective and leadership capabilities
  2. develop the ability to influence without formal authority

What you will get

A clearer strategic understanding and a wider view of the management perspective, broadening your business expertise and developing your leadership capabilities. Greater confidence and competence to work outside your comfort zone, enabling you to make a substantive contribution across your organisation. Maximise your potential to enable you to transition to the next level.

Case studies

"This is a great time to reflect on yourself and think about how you can make a real, positive impact to the business and wider life.”
Seonaid Crosby, Finance Manager, Scottish Futures Trust

“Reflecting on the programme, you realise that it equips you with all those skills that you needed, not just to go back into the business, but also to go back into life itself and look at things differently and have positive conversations.
Ed Walker, Audience and Content Director (Regionals), Reach plc

When I came out of Cranfield, I felt like I had a kind of grounding of knowledge, a good platform to build on in terms of how I deal with people, how I add value to the business, recognising that and also being critical of myself, but in a constructive way.
Jon Birchall, Audience and Content Director (Sport), Reach plc

I can't overemphasise how important it's been for my career. I very quickly within a year of joining my current business was promoted to the role of General Manager to run the business. And I'm completely sure that would not have happened, were it not for the skill set that I was able to develop at Cranfield and the fact that I actually took the time to implement the skills and techniques that I learned at Cranfield in my business.
Craig Moffat, General Manager at British Pullman, a Belmond Train

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At a glance

  • Dates
    • 10 Jun 2024
    • 28 Apr 2025
    • 01 Dec 2025
  • Duration8-10 hours virtual learning + 2 x 5 day residential + review sessions after 6 and 12 months
  • LocationCranfield campus and virtual learning
  • Cost£11,550 + VAT
    Concessions available


Cranfield Talent Development Programme

This programme gives you the opportunity to work on the key elements of developing your business expertise and leadership capabilities in tandem and iteratively throughout the 12 months.

Module outlines

Module one – Introduction and coaching, online (approximately 8 hours to complete)

This module includes orientation of the programme, introductions and content consumption. You will also start you coaching sessions with one of our highly experienced coaches.

Applying your learning through a business simulation during modules one and two will allow you to put your knowledge into action to really understand how organisations operate.

Module two - Awareness and development of business leadership skills, face to face (5 days residential)

The second module focuses on blending professional development and personal growth. Building on your learning from module one, you will develop a wider business perspective and a clearer strategic understanding. Deepening your understanding of self, stakeholders and business functions will allow you to contribute more effectively, bringing greater value to your organisation and providing you with the building blocks of essential business knowledge and personal development.

You will also identify a strategic business issue that you will work on throughout the rest of the programme.

Module three – Awareness and development of organisational and interpersonal leadership skills, face to face (5 days residential)

This module focuses on redrawing the boundaries of your influence to enable you to; work beyond your preferred routines and comfort zone; inspire change across the business, outside of your normal area of expertise and authority; build relationships up, down, across and outside of your business; and work through differing functional interests and priorities to create commitment to action across the business.

You will also formulate a three-month development action plan and engage in reflective discussions throughout the module.

6 month progress review day, online or face to face (one day)

Three months after you complete module three, we invite you to review the progress you have made against your action plans, reflecting with faculty and peers on what has been learnt. You’ll be able to use the learnings as a platform to formulate ambitious development targets in light of your achievements to date.

12 month progress review day, online or face to face (one day)

To support your continuing development, we invite you to take stock of your leadership development journey; to reflect on the long-term impact of your development on you and your businesses. We’ll also support you in managing your personal development and to plan the next phase of your leadership career.

What you will experience

Join early career, high potential managers from corporate, mid-market and family firms across a wide range of industries as you prepare to capitalise on the opportunities that the emerging landscape is presenting. In nine months, you will learn, examine your reality, explore concepts and how to apply them, ultimately enabling you to:

  • Gain the confidence to lead without formal authority,
  • Develop your strategic focus, ensuring you align activity to adding long term value,
  • Increase your understanding of decision making, constructive politics and social dynamics,
  • Drive self-empowerment and innovation,
  • Collaborate and influence effectively across functions,
  • Implement bottom-up change capability.

Unique and practical programme features

  • Be inspired, challenged and enlightened through real-life business problems,
  • Attain an integrated suite of leadership development tools,
  • Peer-to-peer learning,
  • Cranfield renowned faculty – draw on their research, thought leadership and global perspective on key issues to equip you with powerful insights,
  • Experience time-pressured team challenges and authentic business simulations
  • Develop a plan to accelerate personal growth and change in your business.

Module dates

The programme modules run on the following dates:

April 2024 December 2024  April 2025  December 2025  
Access to Learning
30 April 2024 09 December 2024 28 April 2025 01 December 2025
Module 1 10-14 June 2024 27-31 January 2025 09-12 June 2025 26-30 January 2026
Module 2 8-12 July 2024 3-7 March 2025 7-11 July 2025  9-13 March 2026 
Review 1 3 October 2024 TBC June 2025 TBC October 2025 TBC June 2026
Review 2 8 May 2025 TBC January 2026 TBC May 2026  TBC January 2027

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

How to apply

Next steps

Our team of executive development experts will be happy to talk to you about your development needs, please email us or call +44 (0)1234 754500.

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