Executive Leadership

Stepping into executive leadership takes courage. You will be asked to make the tough decisions, set vision and articulate strategy. You need to think ahead – innovate, drive and motivate – and you need to hold people accountable. They will look to you for answers and to make the call. There’s nowhere to hide.

Executive leadership teams need skills, just like everyone else in the business, to function as a successful unit. Whether it’s building strategic thinking capacity, working through ambiguity or putting together a robust case for innovation – these skills can be taught to supercharge leadership capability and galvanise executive teams.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Executive leaders who are new to their roles and need a suite of skills
  • Executive teams who need to boost strategic thinking and innovation capability
  • Executive teams who need to set vision for the team
  • Founders and technical specialists who need executive leadership capabilities
  • Leaders who need to be prepared for executive roles in the future

What will participants explore and apply in this program?

  • A framework for establishing a strong, robust culture built for high performance
  • Models for strategic thinking and how to increase cognitive flexibility
  • Tools to support ideation and vision setting and communicating this to teams
  • Strategies for understanding and working though ambiguity to converge
  • Models for innovation and how to move ideas into action with an execution bias

I was surprised (read ‘blown away’) by the support given by your Team. Ben is not only a great teacher and mentor but is SO supportive on a personal and emotional level also. Ben has the knack of connecting with people of vastly different personalities (within the one team), which allows them to learn in their own way and get the best out of the Program. We have seen 11 people change significantly in our time with Thinka.

Stage II

We customise the leadership program based on your needs or we work with you to identify needs before building the program. To see different customised examples of the Executive Leadership program, click through the carousel below.

Example 1 | Strategic leadership
The objective of this program is to build thinking, problem-solving and decision-making capability in leaders. By presenting a real business problem to solve, leaders work on this problem in projects, as part of a ‘hackathon’ activity, and present solutions back to the business in final presentations – with the solution moving into execution to make a real difference in the business.

Example 2 | Cultural transformation
The objective of this program is to empower the executive team to transform business culture. By exploring business values and establishing a cultural framework, leaders work to embed and coach this through the business to enable transformation.

Example 3 | Executive leadership intensive
The objective of this intensive program is to explore dysfunction in the executive team and resolve persistent relationship challenges. By creating space away from the everyday work environment to go deep, trained facilitators encourage honesty, breakthrough and transformation.

Program Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. An executive team who can craft a well-considered vision

2. An executive team who can operationalise strategy for action

3. An executive team who can positively influence culture and climate

4. An executive team who can drive innovation and forward-thinking

5. An executive team who isn’t afraid of ambiguity and can navigate it

Key inclusions

1. Pre-program interview

2. 360 on Emotional Intelligence

3. Program roadmap

4. Induction

5. Workshops

6. Guest speakers

7. Invitations to Thinka events

8. Tools for application

9. 1:1 coaching

10. Final presentations

Optional inclusions

1. Welcome box

2. Activities (e.g. Hackathon)

3. Communities of practice

4. Project or business problem focus

5. Participant management

6. Curated content library

7. Assets (e.g. eLearning, videos)

8. Hosting platform

Target Audience


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    Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
    Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
    A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
    This audience includes executive leaders who are driving the more visionary and strategic areas of the business. The skills are geared toward building capability in innovation, operationalising strategy and working with ‘middle management’ to cascade information. Leaders must be advanced in their development to truly benefit from working with these skills.