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Aspiring Director


This programme introduces senior leaders to the role of the director and enables them to gain an understanding of the effective director’s mind-set, while practising some of the key skills and behaviours that drive high-performing boards.

Designed to help delegates identify the director competencies they already have, and the ones they need to develop to progress to board-level, the programme builds confidence and provides a practical foundation for future learning. It also offers valuable peer-networking opportunities.

This two-day course provides all the support and inspiration you need to shift your skills and behaviours to successfully make the transition from manager to director. This engaging and highly interactive programme provides the perfect environment in which to take the crucial next steps towards your first director position.

During and after the course you will have access to the IoD Digital Academy and app, allowing you to complement your learning with bite-sized CPD, accessible whenever and wherever you choose. 

Key Benefits

Alongside practical knowledge, skills and mind-set, the Aspiring Directors 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 Aspiring Directors 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

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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Dates and Prices

Virtual Delivery

06 - 07 December 2021
20 - 21 June 2022
20 - 21 October 2022

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
14 - 15 September 2022
05 - 06 December 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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020 7766 2601

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