Management for Young Leaders

Move into management

You want to move into management – and this programme will give you the strategic approaches, financial skills and self-knowledge to make the leap. Take part to expand your leadership skills and grow into the role you want.

Detailed programme

Day 1: Developing and implementing a winning strategy 

  • Understand how strategy powers business – and know how to make it come to life for your teams  
  • Diagnose strategic strengths and weaknesses in your business or unit
  • Discover how to successfully implement strategy

Day 2: Financial fundamentals

  • Understand key financial terminology
  • Discover the cash conversion cycle, know how to assess the need for working capital – and how to optimise it
  • Read and interpret annual reports, balance sheets, P&L and cash flow statements

Day 3: Changemaking leadership

  • Understand the three evidence-based questions you’ll should ask yourself to become a leader
  • Use proven methodologies to answer them
  • Develop an overarching view of effective leadership skills

Day 4: Power and influence

  • Discover the nature and sources of power in organisations
  • Understand the qualities and behaviours that make people influential
  • Explore “push” and “pull” tactics
  • Learn about position power and leveraging social networks
  • Apply concepts of power and influence to strategically plan your career

Day 5: 360° feedback report

  • Assess your leadership behaviour using the 360° feedback tool
  • Get expert Vlerick coaching, in small, safe groups

Why this programme

  • Strengthen your financial understanding and strategic know-how
  • Develop the confidence and ability to take on your (next) managerial role
  • Get feedback and coaching on your leadership approach
  • Experience the power of networking with peers who face similar challenges and opportunities

Who should attend

  • First-time managers who want to grasp business knowledge and leadership skills
  • Professionals with the potential and ambition to grow and take the next step in their career
  • Employees who want to make a difference in their organisation


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.

Carine Peeters

Carine Peeters

Professor of Strategy

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

Mathieu Luypaert

Mathieu Luypaert

Professor of Corporate Finance

Mathieu Luypaert explains how insights into financial figures and decisions can lead to value creation.

David Patient

David Patient

Professor of Leadership

David Patient explores the effects of managerial communication, power and influence.