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The School for CEOs Dimensions framework addresses the attributes to be mastered in order to step up to the next level.  We developed the framework using insights from three sources:

  • Insights from our experienced Faculty of leading CEOs, Chairs and expert practitioners, who have taught on our senior development programmes.  We have been running these since 2012 and they have proven invaluable in understanding the realities of business life at a senior level.
  • A comprehensive review of the published literature and research on leadership and personal development.

We have been able to distil the behaviours and attributes a manager needs to succeed as leader of his/her business, or at least to move nearer to that level.

The framework

The framework addresses the attributes to be mastered in order to step up to the next level.  These are grouped under five dimensions:

Managing Up here the focus is on identifying the key stakeholders above you in the organisation and creating strategies to work with each of them.  We look at how you develop your followership skills. The aim is to build sponsorship and support for both the work you are currently doing and your career progression.

Managing Down - we focus on your leadership skills, both of your own team and more broadly, so that you develop your followers in turn.  We cover the challenges of communication and scalable leadership – touching everyone in the organisation – and look at your mentoring of others.

Managing Out - considers the outside world, the broader landscape of external stakeholders including shareholders, regulators, government, the media and the communities within which your organisation functions.  You need to build a network which endures through changes.

Managing In - where we look at self-management. High-profile, demanding jobs come with varying and competing pressures and priorities.  We consider how to stay grounded in the middle of it all.  Put another way, how do you stay sane?

Managing Across - interacting with your peers is an important influence on your current effectiveness and future career progression.  It’s important to consider how you develop strong relationships with your peers.  This also sets the scene for some of your peers to become followers in the future.