Executive Certificate in Leadership
Executive Certificate in Leadership
Master the art of exceptional leadership and be the driving force behind the team.

Executive Certificate in Leadership

Suitable for

Leaders (organisations, teams, people and projects) with at least 3 years' management experience and a good undergraduate degree or equivalent


Autumn 2022






9,500€ (+ VAT), 10% discount for Henley alumni

Programme length

7 months

At a glance

  • Lead within rapidly changing organisations
  • Inspire and instil leadership in others
  • Understand how to make individuals and teams thrive
  • Take decisive action in uncertain situations
  • Lead across organisational and departmental boundaries


The Henley Executive Certificate in Leadership is a part-time Certificate programme, leading up to a Diploma, or even a Masters (MA) degree in Leadership. It is a part-time programme designed to fit with your working commitments. You will develop your leadership capability and learn how to maximise the performance of your team. This enables you to become a leader who is analytical and self-aware, with a strong sense of responsibility; someone who understands how to make people thrive, and who has the confidence to take the organisation forward.

When developing the programme, we undertook extensive research and consulted with leaders from large and small corporates, the public sector, government departments and social enterprises. As a result, the programme is challenging yet rewarding and relevant, designed to have an immediate practical impact on both you and your organisation. In addition to the relevant content taught during this programme, the German cohorts will benefit from in-depth business mentoring and additional professional networking within the Northern (Hamburg intakes) and Southern (Munich intakes) business communities as part of Henley’s increased collaboration with relevant business communities.

You can choose to commit to the full MA Leadership from the start or complete one stage at a time. At the stage you decide to complete your studies you will earn an internationally recognised qualification from a triple-accredited, global business school.

Key benefits

For individuals

  • Earn a postgraduate qualification from a triple-accredited global business school without taking a career break
  • Access resources from our online learning portal including books and journals
  • Work with faculty who have practical experience of current organisational working practice and challenges
  • Alumni status: Ongoing networking and development through your Henley Business School and University of Reading alumni status with a 10% discount on the entire programme offering

For businesses

  • Your executive will develop as they study; they will be increasingly informed, motivated and capable of inspiring teams and managing business challenges
  • Henley faculty and your executive's peer study group will provide reflections on strategies used outside of your specific industry
  • The assignments and dissertation completed as part of every stage on the Henley MA Leadership - participants choose the focus of this piece of work, which could be used to examine a current organisational challenge

What to expect

The programme combines peer group learning, work-based practice, action learning and reflection – supported by a comprehensive virtual learning environment - to provide you with a deep, multi-faceted understanding of modern leadership. It offers a balance between highly interactive teaching sessions and practical experience, to give you all the skills you need to excel in business today.

In the process, you will learn from experienced faculty and business leaders, explore both classic and emerging leadership perspectives, and discover how to guide business units, teams and individuals through periods of change.

The programme will give you all the tools you need to:

  • Lead within rapidly changing organisations
  • Inspire and instil leadership in others
  • Understand how to make individuals and teams thrive
  • Take decisive action in uncertain situations
  • Lead across organisational and departmental boundaries, in order to create integrated products and processes
  • Work well in complex technical environments
  • Deliver high performance from complex collaborative and strategic activities

Entry requirements

  • Three years’ management experience

  • A good degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required; however we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If you have a minimum of 5 years’ experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.

  • Evidence of competence in English - English language requirements

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who have completed a Henley qualification programme within the last 5 years may be eligible for an elective exemption.

*Prior experiential learning: If you have previously attended other Henley Business School leadership development programmes, or equivalent, you may choose the Assessment of prior experiential learningelective in Stage 1.

How to apply

You will be asked to:

  • Provide general application details such as your contact information and career history, including CV
  • Attach electronic copies of academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information
  • Provide information to enable us to email your referees requesting them to send your supporting references directly to us.

Please contact Chris Raudonat for more details:


Christoph Raudonat

Managing Director, Business School Germany


Chris Raudonat is responsible for the business operations of Henley Business School in Germany. He centres his energy on the strategic direction and development of the organisation, programme sales and recruitment, communication as well as leadership learning / coaching. In the past he worked with a number of international non-profit and civil society organisations to manage their projects and increase their potential by assisting them in the development and implementation of their business strategies.

He is furthermore an executive coach, focusing on cognitive behaviour and positive psychology approaches and helps clients to become the best they can be by exploring innovative approaches to management learning both in practice and academics.

Chris is currently researching the specifics of interim leadership in the gig-economy and gig-leadership while engaging in a MSc/DBA programme at Henley Business School. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and holds degrees in Sociology, Social/Organisational Psychology, Law and Economics as well as an MBA from Henley Business School.