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Aspiring Director

Future Directors

Succession planning and developing the next generation of directors can be a daunting task and relies on the alignment of employee ambition, company resources, finances and time. To help you nurture the leaders of your organisation, we've created our Aspiring Director course.

Across two days, delegates will explore, analyse and develop the key attributes of a director.

As with all of our courses and qualifications, delegates are able to access the IoD Digital Academy and app, offering CPD content accessible whenever or wherever convenient for the duration of their time with the IoD promoting not only life-long learning, but also the principles of good corporate governance and director development.

The course is designed by expert IoD course leaders and is available for virtual delivery as well as face to face. There is also the option to be tailored to the specific needs of your aspiring directors and delivered in-company.

Delegates will meet and be inspired by a Chartered Director during their time on the course - men and women who are advocates for professional development and have learned valuable lessons to share with those on a pathway to directorship.

Academy Future Directors - path diagram - FOR BOARDS

Key Benefits

Alongside practical knowledge, skills and mind-set, the Aspiring Director course aims to increase your confidence in making important business decisions, handling queries and conflicts that may arise within senior management teams and – most importantly – putting yourself forward for new opportunities and roles that will enhance and further your career as a director.

To do this, your course leaders and fellow delegates will provide you with regular feedback, and reflective and consolidated learning will encourage your next steps towards the boardroom.

You’ll be given the chance to create a professional development plan and actively plot the next steps in your learning journey, as influenced by your time on this programme.

The course includes one year's IoD membership at Associate grade, ensuring we can fully support your development and progression beyond the achievements of the Aspiring Director course, as well as giving you access to more CPD - through courses and events - and a global community of directors and senior leaders.

The Aspiring Director course is delivered to a small-sized group to ensure you receive an intimate and tailored learning experience, with personalised advice and guidance throughout.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify the five key competencies that should inform a director’s mind-set and explain their value
  • Use the results of a diagnostic tool to identify their own strengths and development needs in the context of the director’s role
  • Develop a personalised plan for their professional development to gain the key skills and experiences necessary to perform effectively at board level
  • Explain the critical importance of the ‘tone at the top’ and the ways in which directors can influence culture, values and ethics in the boardroom, and how these guide the organisation’s strategic direction
  • Describe the importance of balancing self-awareness with awareness of others while managing their responses appropriately
  • Evaluate the ways directors might seek to positively influence cultural change to effectively implement governance best practice

Delivery and dates

Virtual Delivery

06 - 07 December 2021

The course includes:

  • 2 days of intensive learning
  • Pre-course materials
  • Access to the IoD Digital Academy

    Course Fee: £2,475 

020 7766 2601

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Face to Face Delivery

19 - 20 January 2022
21 - 22 March 2022

Location: IoD Academy, 116 Pall Mall

The course includes:

  • 2 days of intensive learning
  • Pre-course materials
  • IoD Digital Academy access
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Networking and drinks session

    Course Fee: £2,475

020 7766 2601

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Course leaders

Simon Haslam

Dr Simon Haslam has 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant and change facilitator, working with senior leaders around the world. Simon is the IoD’s programme lead for strategy work and holds the IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction

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Talita Ferreira

Talita Ferreira is an experienced C-Suite executive, non-executive director, entrepreneur, consultant, published author and international speaker with more than 22 years of corporate experience with global brands, including KPMG, Investec Bank, and BMW.

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