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Residential Emerging Strategic Leaders Programme

Debate, Discuss and Reflect

Complementing participants existing skills and experience, the programme will offer an opportunity to:

  • develop an understanding of the current and future demands of leadership
  • help cultivate the wisdom and insight to make good decisions at difficult times
  • discuss individual leadership challenges and ways to resolve them with a diverse cross-section of leaders
  • consider what organisations and society will demand from leaders in the future
  • gain a greater understanding of different operational cultures across society and how to think differently from their own organisation or sector.

Programme Outline

The programme is a five day fully residential experience, within the walls of Windsor Castle and takes place five times a year. A 24-hour Part Two is held six months later, where participants can review progress, share new challenges and strengthen networks for the future.

All programmes have an experienced Chair and a group of expert Facilitators, and operate under the Chatham House Rule*, enabling open and honest discussion.

Through a series of focused small group discussions, first-hand examples of leadership from guest speakers, and personal insights, the group will explore challenges and discuss what society and organisations demand from leaders, and how that might change in the future.

Programme Aims

Experiential in nature, the agenda is led by the participants, with a guiding hand from the programme Chair and Facilitators, who aim to support the participants in:

  • developing the personal qualities, insight and wisdom needed by leaders operating at the highest levels
  • supporting their self-development, with a focus on the role they can play in society, and within their organisations, as their responsibilities increase
  • focussing on their own leadership style, strengths, and areas for development
  • sharing insights into handling difficult leadership challenges
  • creating a strong peer support network.

Who is the programme designed for?

The Emerging Strategic Leaders Residential Programme is for individuals identified as having high potential, and the ability and ambition to reach influential strategic leadership positions within the next 5-10 years.

They are typically about a third of the way along their leadership journey, with no less than five years of team and operational leadership experience. Participants are looking to develop a more strategic approach as a leader, and to build on their existing leadership skills and competencies. 

Explore our other programmes

We also offer a Live-Online Programme for Emerging Strategic Leaders and residential programmes for FutureDeveloping, and Experienced Leaders as well as Women in Leadership and Bespoke opportunities.


* The Chatham House Rule means that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed; nor may it be mentioned where the information was received.

Next Programme Details

Part One: Monday 16 - Friday 20 September 2024
Location: St George's House, Windsor Castle

Part Two: Thursday 06 - Friday 07 March 2025
Location: Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

Price: £6,468 (including all meals and accommodation)
Bursaries: We have a number of bursaries available to support applicants from not-for-profit sectors. Please contact us for more information.

Enquiries: Please call us on 01753 830202 or email Marion Joys, Client Relationship Manager for further information.

Additional Programme Dates: There is also the option to begin this residential programme in November 2024. A Live-Online version of this programme takes place once a year.

Giles Cunningham in a suit.

See Life Differently


As a result of coming to Windsor I’ve been able to see life through a different lens. I found the programme intellectually challenging and thought provoking, and amongst the best leadership development I have participated in. You’ll not manage to find anything approaching the diversity found at Windsor Leadership from other leadership organisations.