Strategic Board Acumen

Business Skills College
3 days
Multiple locations

About this module

Part of the Strategic Business Programme, this is the Strategic Board Acumen module which, following discussion on effective boardroom behaviours, will fully immerse delegates into a simulated board environment.   The preceding modules can be taken in any order but must have been completed before attendance on Strategic Board Acumen.

About the Strategic Business Programme
The Strategic Business Programme is a dynamic, interactive programme facilitated by the Institute of Directors (IOD) designed to bring out the best in senior leaders already in, or destined for board roles within MOD and across government.  

The full programme consists of the following modules:

Module 1 - Corporate Governance and Risk Management
Module 2 - Setting Board Level Strategy
Module 3 - Strategic Finance for Non-Finance Directors
Module 4 - Commercial Acumen and Benefits Realisation
Module 5 - Strategic Board Acumen

What you will learn

Each delegate will be assigned a role on a board.  The board will be given individual and collective feedback on performance by experienced facilitators who regularly run board evaluations for FTSE100 companies. 

By the end of this consolidated learning experience, you will have the confidence to challenge and be challenged constructively and to contribute effectively to board decisions within your own working environment.

How will this module help my career?

The overall programme is designed to develop understanding of how strategy, governance and financial control are implemented at a strategic level where leadership teams are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets but collectively have one common goal - the success of the organisation.   

Over the duration of the programme, you will interact with a variety of senior leaders and IOD facilitators selected for their experience at board director level.  

You will have opportunity to reflect on guidelines, approaches to strategic governance and best practice and you will receive an IOD accredited Certificate on submission of a reflective journal once you have finished the programme.  In addition, completion of the Strategic Board Acumen module will give you access to the 'Leadership for Directors' online training of the IOD Certificate in Company Direction. This will give you the opportunity to sit the associated examinations within 2 years of attending.   
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Can I attend this module?

This module is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
You will be expected to have held or be holding a senior leadership role within your organisation, with exposure to or experience of board level decision making.   

MOD delegates will be pre-selected and nominated by their respective manning authorities.

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

At the end of the programme, you will be awarded a Strategic Business Programme Certificate which is subject to submission of a reflective journal.   

Delegates wishing to go on to study for the full Certificate in Company Direction with the IOD will be examined under IOD’s processes and is subject to a fee.   

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