Headspring Executive Development


We enable global organisations to transform their businesses by developing leaders, empowering people and inspiring a lifelong-learning mindset.


Future-focused executive development

The world of business is facing its biggest shift since the industrial revolution.

Businesses need to navigate not just new technology, emerging consumer trends, environmental changes and political instability, but also a switch to the purpose of the business itself – a purpose no longer serving just profit for shareholders, but a purpose that is beneficial for all stakeholders.

At a minimum, this means a big change for most businesses. It means total disruption for others.

With unbeatable insights from our FT journalists who daily are at the forefront of change, and our world-class professors from top institutions, we partner with our clients to empower people to lead and thrive, through and beyond, this shift of capitalism.

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Our Expertise

Focus on real business challenges

21st Century Leadership Skills

The role of leaders is being completely reshaped. While setting a clear business vision is essential, it is no longer enough. Every leader is different — and so are our programmes. Our leadership development programmes equip your key people with the skills they need to take your business to the next level.

ESG: Profit with Purpose

Organisations globally have signed up to ESG commitments, but are they acting? As businesses have targets to meet, it is often hard for decision-makers to move away from a big deal despite ESG commitments. Having a clear purpose that meets stakeholders and investors' demands is essential. Our ESG programmes are designed to help you lead through this new reality. 

Digital Transformation & Innovation

Digital innovation has enabled businesses to benefit from otherwise hidden opportunities. But it is not your technology that matters most - it's your people.  Our digital transformation programmes will help your teams to adopt a digital-first mindset, learn how to optimise user interfaces, turn offline process into digital workflows and transform satisfied customers into  brand ambassadors.

Learning Innovation & Impact

Turning Learning Design into Business Impact

Custom Programme Design

We believe executive education is a craft, not a commodity. With each new client, we develop an entirely fresh approach. Together, we ensure your learning journeys meet strategic goals and create value. 

Journalistic Approach

Our work starts with understanding, empathizing with, and challenging your assumptions, vision and objectives.  For each client, we build a team of learning, impact and customer experience experts - supported by top professors and FT journalists.

Measurable Business Impact

To achieve real value-creation, our collaboration continues during and after the program as we work with you to ensure that learning outcomes are preserved in your business.





of all content from traditional executive education programmes are forgotten within 24 hours; 90% within a month.

of all business leaders see no direct business benefit from traditional executive education programmes.

of senior leaders and decision makers believe that their talent development is inadequate and not fit for purpose.

Our Clients 

Trusted by Global Leaders

These are some of the clients whose businesses we’re helping to reinvent, with programmes designed to bring out the best in their people.

"We work closely to design a programme that works in the context of our business, and one that we can roll out across the globe."

Bahare Heywood, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Clifford Chance

Client Results

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Thought-provoking insights

Insights: Leading with Integrity

Research: AI in the Horizon

Report: Leading through Political Turmoil

This selection of articles from Headspring’s writers and thought leaders highlights diverse but vital aspects of leadership and integrity from the individual, team and organisational perspectives.

A major report produced by Headspring in partnership with YouGov on how professionals in Europe and Middle East understand the impact of the imminent age of Artificial Intelligence on their careers.

Today’s leaders must understand where threats come from, how likely they are to occur, what impact they will have on your company, and how to prepare and respond. We offer a way forward.

About Headspring

Empowering People, Transforming Business

Headspring is a joint venture of the Financial Times and IE Business School. 

Our programmes are fully customised and focused on tangible business results. We partner with clients to diagnose challenges and co-create unique learning programmes, combining the foresight of some of the most influential FT journalists with the expertise of world-leading business school professors. 

We design programmes to inspire people to lead and thrive. 

The expertise of the Financial Times

The innovation of IE Business School

The FT has been the guide to business for more than 125 years, recognised internationally for it’s authority, integrity and accuracy. Our FT journalists are close to the source. They know the facts before they become news, helping our clients to stay one step ahead. They understand the big political, economic and technological trends as well as the small details of policy that can make or break a business.

From its foundation, IE Business School have made it their business to disrupt. A triple accredited institution, it offers the world’s number one distance online MBA (QS, 2017) and the 3rd ranked non-US MBA in the world (Forbes, 2017). Through technological immersion and a culture of innovation, IE brings and entrepreneurial mindset that gives our programmes a sharper edge and greater impact.

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with our corporate partnerships team and find out more about how our customised learning solutions can help transform your organisation. 

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