Executive Development Programme

Elevate your cross-functional thinking and personal effectiveness


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The 21-day programme prepares experienced managers to become more effective and confident business leaders in their organisation.

It’s a unique opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills, develop a holistic approach to management and deepen your strategic insights.

Detailed programme

The programme will give you insights, tools and frameworks that will empower you to become a more effective and knowledgeable business leader. Throughout the programme, you can immediately apply your learnings in an in-company project - creating immediate value for you and your organisation.  

You can tailor your learning trajectory by selecting one or more electives (maximum 5 days): either you opt to dive deep into a topic from the core programme or you choose a new one. We gladly assist you in making the right choice.  

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Winning with strategy

  • Learn strategic concepts and how to apply them
  • Develop your strategic thinking and reflect on your organisation’s strategic choices
  • Discover how to respond to competitive marketplaces with strategic innovation


  • Explore the dynamics of leadership, teamwork and culture – and reflect on your role in building a high-performance team 
  • Discover your leadership style through a 360° feedback tool , and create a personal development plan 
  • Learn how to use your full potential

Business mastery

  • Learn in depth about finance, digital transformations  & change management
  • Discover the potential of cross-functional thinking – and how to increase your impact on your organisation 
  • Put your knowledge and team spirit into action during a 2-day business simulation  

In-company project 

Apply your new learnings to an in-company project – responding to a business or strategic challenge for your own organisation.

  • Apply your learning to a project from your own organisation
  • Use your fellow participants and our expert faculty as a sounding board
  • Create ROI for your organisation

Why this programme

  • Make a bigger impact in your organisation 
  • Strengthen your leadership capabilities and business acumen 
  • Learn to align cross-functional management domains 
  • After graduating from this programme, you are entitled to join our alumni network. Visit the Vlerick Alumni website for more information

Who should attend

  • Experienced managers (at least 10 years of working experience and 4 years in a management role) who:
    • aspire a more senior management role 
    • are looking to understand key linkages across disciplines
    • seek to maximize their leadership potential
    • want to develop their strategic leadership capabilities

Practical info

To apply for this programme, you need to complete four steps:

1. Check your eligibility: Check if you meet the admissions criteria for the programme you want to apply for.

2. Submit your application: Fill out the application form and upload it together with your cv or LinkedIn profile.

3. Take part in an interview: When we receive your application, we’ll get in touch to set up an interview. This will take about an hour and will cover:

  • Your professional experience and current challenges
  • Your career ambitions
  • Why you want to take the programme
  • Which electives are right for you (if the programme includes electives)

4. Confirm your registration: If you pass the interview, we’ll send you a registration form. You’ll have two weeks to complete and submit the form to confirm your programme place.

Success stories

Tinneke Denayer

Every module delivered new business insights and enhanced motivation to make things happen. Our group was diverse, with people from different sectors of industry and government, as well as entrepreneurs. A dynamic and tight group of great people − and even now we are still in contact. This programme was a building block for the rest of my career. 


Kurt Verweire

Kurt Verweire

Professor of Strategy

Kurt Verweire is a specialist in helping companies to develop and implement winning business strategies. 

Stijn Viaene

Stijn Viaene

Professor of Digital Transformation

Stijn Viaene is dedicated to helping executives transform their enterprises for a digital world.

Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire

Professor of Corporate Finance

Wouter De Maeseneire is passionate about explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and strategies.

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir is inspired by leaders who stand up and speak – and she is passionate about those who have the courage to sit and listen.

Karlien Vanderheyden

Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Karlien Vanderheyden focuses on how individuals can impact an organisation’s people, processes and performance.

Carine Peeters

Carine Peeters

Professor of Strategy

Carine Peeters is a firm believer in boosting company performance through people.

Bram Doolaege

Bram Doolaege

Founding Partner at Streetwize

Bram Doolaege combines teaching leadership and change with social entrepreneurship.

Frank Caron

Frank Caron

General Director at Management Today International

Frank Caron is passionate about building real business understanding amongst business professionals.