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High-Performance Board Member Program

High-Performance Board Member Program

Boost your Impact in the Board Room
  • Date
    • until
  • Duration7 days
  • LocationDüsseldorf, Munich, Barcelona
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees€14,650.00
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Boost your Impact in the Board Room

Corporate boards play an increasingly vital role in today’s disruptive business landscape. As a board member, you can shape the entire future of your organization by providing guidance and oversight on crucial issues facing organizations today, ranging from risk management, business strategy, sustainability, and compliance.

Are you a senior-level executive currently serving on a corporate board, or aspiring to transition into this role? Or maybe you are a senior manager wanting to engage more effectively now with your board: This unique program was designed to give you pragmatic new insights and valuable tools to amplify your impact and secure your organization’s future.

In a dynamic learning forum, industry and academic experts from WHU and IESE Business School will accompany you to ensure you magnify your contribution in your particular role, create strategic value and ensure a sustainable competitive advantage for your organization.

Suitable for participants with at least:
15 YearLeadershipexperience
20 YearWorkexperience
Program Faculty

Program Content

The IESE & WHU High-Performance Board Member Program uses examples taken from real-life scenarios to illustrate the main challenges and responsibilities of corporate boards, with a focus on strategy, operations, finance, leadership, stakeholder management and the implications for family-owned businesses.

The key areas examined include:

  • Corporate Board Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • A Board Members Strategic Toolkit for long term strategy
  • Corporate Boards as Early Warning Systems (Governance)
  • Culture and Dynamics: Board/Chair/CEO
  • Corporate Boards and Digitalization
  • Navigating Disruption
  • Activist Shareholders
  • Finance, Marketing, and Operations: Essential Board Issues
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Boards, Executive Succession and Cultivating Next-Generation Leadership
  • Boards and Crisis Management

Teaching Methodology

The High-Performance Board Program by IESE and WHU will expand your understanding of the main responsibilities, dynamics, and strategic challenges of corporate boards and equip you with actionable insights to boost overall board performance.

With a highly practical approach, the program utilizes a number of proven academic methodologies including the case method, interactive lectures, very senior guest-speaker sessions with supervisory board members from some of Europe’s largest companies, and team-based projects.

Additionally, the program features an engaging immersive simulation that exposes participants, acting in the capacity of board members, to critical events, allowing them to navigate and make informed decisions in real-time scenarios, enhancing their readiness for the dynamic challenges of board leadership.

Two weeks before the program start, you will receive a package of pre-readings, which provide you with the theoretical groundwork to optimize both classroom time and learning outcomes.

Program Benefits

  • Pragmatic understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and best practices of corporate boards and their influence on long-term success
  • A stronger grasp of the pivotal processes and dynamics of successful corporate boards
  • Frameworks for analyzing key organizational challenges in evolving institutional and disruptive digital environments
  • Insights for encouraging an effective board culture, with strategies for managing conflicts and boardroom power dynamics
  • Key competencies for cultivating strategic partnerships between the board and senior management, advancing stakeholder interests
  • Essential know-how for leveraging diversity to boost board performance

Participant Profile

The High-Performance Board Member Program is designed for:

  • C-suite executives currently serving on corporate boards
  • Next-generation leaders preparing to transition to a board role
  • Top-level public officers
  • Senior managers seeking to shape and engage their board of directors
  • Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) dedicated to enhancing their governance skills and contributing to effective board leadership

Program Format and Module Dates

This Program consists of three in-class modules covering 7 days in total.

Module 1 - at WHU

 - , Düsseldorf

Module 2 - at IESE

 - , Munich

Module 3 - at IESE

 - , Barcelona

Registration for the program entails a four-part process:
  • Complete and submit an online application.
  • You will receive an email from the Executive Education Department to acknowledge receipt of your application and provide information on program dates, preparatory study materials and payment details.
  • Payment must be received before the start of the program and submission of preparatory materials. This is a prerequisite to take part in the program.
  • Two weeks before the start date, you will receive an email with a username to access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, which contains all the necessary study materials.
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More Questions? Contact usDr. Rebecca WinkelmannManaging Director Executive Education at WHU