INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Executives – India

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Course Duration


1 Year
Live Virtual and In Person

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Lead transformation and drive organisational strategy

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, organisations need leaders who are strategic thinkers, effective communicators and growth drivers. As you prepare to take on a senior role in your organisation, you need to be equipped with the functional, managerial and leadership skills required to succeed.

The INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Executives (ILPSE) – India offers an integrated approach to general management that combines the imagination and creativity of entrepreneurship with the strong functional focus of operating managers. With an extraordinary record of success, this transformative programme will prepare you for senior management roles and provide a timely boost for your career.


of CEOs expect skills shortage to disrupt their business strategy in the near future.

Source: Fortune/Deloitte CEO survey


of organisations do not believe they have a very strong leadership bench.

Source: DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast

Designed for your success

ILPSE is designed with the needs of busy executives in mind. The programme offers a blended learning format, including live virtual and in-person faculty sessions, guest lectures and case studies for maximum career and business impact.


Benefit from an unmatched international educational experience, along with 360° assessments, one-on-one coaching and ongoing personal development.


Draw upon INSEAD’s innovative and influential learning experiences, including informed global perspectives, a world-class faculty and forward-looking educational practices.


Complete the programme in one year along with week-long in-person modules at INSEAD’s global hubs in Singapore and Fountainebleau, France and in Mumbai.

“Rooted in the Indian context but delivered by international faculty, ILPSE is a one-year part-time programme built on three key pillars - a grounding in modern management theory, hands-on engagement with the practice of business management and development of individual and professional values.”

— V. (Paddy) Padmanabhan
Programme Director

Programme directors

Faculty Member V. (Paddy) Padmanabhan

V. (Paddy) Padmanabhan

Professor of Marketing; the Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing; Academic Director, Emerging Markets Institute

Professor of Balagopal (Bala) Vissa

Balagopal (Bala) Vissa

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Why should you consider the programme?

This transformative learning experience will enable you to:

  • Enhance your general management skills by gaining in-depth perspectives on functional areas, strategic thinking and business leadership skills
  • Deepen your leadership capabilities through experiential modules on personal leadership, 360-degree feedback and assessments, one-on-one coaching and a leadership action plan
  • Broaden your horizons with week-long immersions at INSEAD's global hubs near Paris and in Singapore and Mumbai for an exceptional international educational experience
  • Apply the learnings to your workplace through a comprehensive action plan and application assignments throughout the 12 months of the programme
  • Transition to a senior management role in your organisation or in an entrepreneurial venture.

Key programme features

Core curriculum

Learn from a comprehensive curriculum built on three key pillars of general management, leadership and core functional areas.

Immersive learning

Engage with faculty, peers and industry experts during highly interactive in-person modules held across INSEAD’s international hubs.

Executive coaching

Benefit from 360° feedback, one-on-one coaching and an individual development plan that will help you apply your learnings for better results.

World-class faculty

Interact with accomplished INSEAD and visiting faculty and renowned guest speakers and practitioners from leading businesses in India.

Peer interaction

Engage with an experienced group of peers who bring diverse experiences and perspectives.

Alumni status

Become a full member of the over 68,000-strong worldwide INSEAD alumni community.


ILPSE is a thoroughly immersive and exhilarating experience. Continue in your career while periodically participating in intense learning in a stimulating environment, and bring your new knowledge to your organisation. The programme's academic component is structured around three modules.
    • Personal Leadership Agenda
    • Unconscious Group Dynamics – Beneath the Surface
    • Networking and Social Capital
    • Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
    • INSEAD Global Executive Leadership Mirror (GELM) – 360° Feedback and Leadership Coaching
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Leading People and Teams
    • Change Management
    • Judgement and Decision-Making
    • Managing Leadership Transition
    • Negotiations
    • Leadership Communication
    • Strategy
    • Marketing
    • Digital Transformation
    • Design Thinking
    • Game Theory
    • Accounting, Finance and Private Equity
    • Macroeconomics
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Capstone General Management Simulation

Note: The list of topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

Unlearn. Learn. Challenge. Be Challenged.

Individual Development Plan

An individual development plan (IDP) is a process to help you put to use what you learn to generate better results. It is individual because it is yours – no one else will monitor your performance against the plan. It is about development because it is based on reflection and the actions that you will take based on insights you gain in the programme. It is a plan because it sets forth what you are going to do and what results you expect to see.

The Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

Tap into your creativity and all that you learn in the programme to develop an original business idea and create an action plan to bring it to fruition.

The Phoenix Encounter

A dynamic group exercise that allows you to apply a hypothetical business model to the test, react to forces of disruption and collaborate with your peers to create a strategic blueprint to see it "Rise from the Ashes".

The Business Leader Interview

A unique opportunity to expand your horizons by conducting a one-on-one conversation with a highly successful global executive, someone you admire. Past participants have interviewed business luminaries such as Michael Dell, Azim Premji and Narayana Murthy, among others.

Meet the faculty

Learn from INSEAD’s accomplished, multicultural faculty as well as renowned guest speakers from leading organisations in India who combine to form a focused team that will significantly build your knowledge and provide you with a set of dynamic tools.

Faculty Member V. (Paddy) Padmanabhan

V. (Paddy) Padmanabhan

Professor of Marketing; the Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing; Academic Director, Emerging Markets Institute

Faculty Member Balagopal (Bala) Vissa

Balagopal (Bala) Vissa

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Faculty Member Katharina Balazs

Katharina Balazs

Associate Professor at ESCP Europe; Executive Coach at the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre

Vikas Agarwal

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise; Academic Co-Director, Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI)

Ivana Naumovska

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Guoli Chen

Professor of Strategy

Pushan Dutt

Professor of Economics, The Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation

Phanish Puranam

Professor of Strategy

Ian Woodward

Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour

Michael Writer

Guest lecturer with a range of specialist executive education programs for INSEAD

Faculty Member Stefan Thau

Stefan Thau

Professor of Organisational Behaviour; The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning

Visiting faculty members

Jamie Anderson
Professor of Leadership and Strategy at Antwerp Management School

Shantanu Bhattacharya
Lee Kong Chian Professor of Operations Management; Deputy Dean (Programmes) and Academic Director; PhD in Business (General Management) at Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

Jake Cohen
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programmes; Senior Lecturer, Accounting and Law at MIT Sloan School of Management

Jason D. Shaw
Professor, Division of Leadership, Management and Organisation at Nanyang Technological University

Nuno Delicado
Founding Partner at Pluris Value; Lecturer at INSEAD; Lecturer at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Peter Goodson
Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Dominique Jacquet
Professor of Corporate Finance and Head of Economics and Finance at the Ecole des Ponts; Visiting Scholar at INSEAD Social Innovation Centre; Affiliate Professor at HEC Montréal; Visiting Fellow at CIRANO (Montréal)

Prashant Malaviya
Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programmes at McDonough School of Business

Christoph Zott
Professor and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School

Note: Faculty are subject to change



Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion from INSEAD during the graduation event.

Who is this programme for?

ILPSE is ideal for:

  • Senior functional or technical managers looking to make the transition to a senior management role
  • Experienced professionals who aim to start new entrepreneurial ventures

Programme eligibility criteria include:

  • Depth of business experience (minimum of ten years; 16 years on average, with significant time in management)
  • Proven leadership potential and recognised career progress
  • Enthusiasm for learning and intellectual development

Past participant profile

The diversity of participants is critical to the learning experience. Our participants come from a wide range of functions, industries, backgrounds, companies and life experiences. What they all share in common is:

  • Proven leadership potential
  • Strong achievement, drive and motivation
  • Depth of business experience (minimum of ten years; 16 years on average, with significant time in management)
  • Recognised career progress
  • Enthusiasm for learning and intellectual development


Work Experience

Hear from our participants

“If you are looking for a powerhouse of transformational knowledge and a programme that would guide you for a lifetime, wherever you are and in whatever profession you are, ILPSE is the best. With an amazing alumni network and comprehensive content, the programme will open your mind.”

— Thejaswini Kodavur, Senior Software Engineering Manager, Delphix

“ILPSE, at this juncture in my life, has been the best investment I have made in myself. If you have achieved functional excellence and are looking to define your path to greater success – whether through widening your scope, making a larger impact, or starting something new – this programme is your route to get there.”

— Neha Jain, Head of Communication, Asia-Pacific, American Tower

“The programme’s curriculum is thoughtfully developed by reputed professors. It is collaborative, holistic, contemporary and relevant. Designed to prepare you for growth, both professionally and personally, each component is invaluable, whether it’s teamwork on case studies, three-day workshops or customised feedback sessions.”

— Priyanka Vashisht, Founder and CEO, 360 Degris

“The whole programme reignited my student mindset, with each module pushing me to ask questions and think differently. It prepared me to apply a more process-driven approach to my work and in setting priorities. The programme was extremely well organised. Each takeaway was like a drop in the ocean that ended up changing my whole perspective.”

— Vipul Agrawal, Co-founder, Unlu

“ILPSE is one of the best programmes to understand how to navigate the business world. Unlike other programmes, it not only focuses on individual and personal development but also on growing teams successfully. Be prepared to put your heart and soul into the programme to leverage what it has to offer. You can discover a lot about how to change yourself for the better.”

— Raghu Banda, Senior Director, AI Product Management, SAP Labs

Alumni status

Upon completing the programme, you will become a full member of the over 68,000-strong INSEAD alumni community and receive alumni benefits, including:

  • Eligibility to join national alumni associations across the globe
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Invitations to regional events
  • Reduced rates for Executive Education programmes.

Programme calendar

This year-long programme journey features four in-class immersion modules and four online modules. The in-person modules are highly interactive and give you the valuable opportunity to immerse in INSEAD’s global hubs in Singapore and Fontainebleau, France along with sessions in Mumbai. The online modules enable you to conveniently learn at your own pace through a combination of video lectures, discussions and assignments.

Module 1 | On Campus | Singapore
29–30 June 2024 | 1–5 July 2024

Module 2.1 | Virtual
29 July–29 August 2024

Module 2.2 | Live Virtual | 2 Hours per Day
20–21 September 2024 | 27–28 September 2024

Module 3 | On Campus | Mumbai
19–25 October 2024 | India Business Dialogue 25 October 2024

Module 4.1 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per Day
8–9 November 2024 | 22 November 2024

Module 4.2 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per Day
23–29 November 2024 | 30 November 2024

Module 4.3 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per day
6–7 December 2024 | 13–14 December 2024

Module 5 | On Campus | Singapore
18–25 January 2025

Module 6.1 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per day
21–22 February 2025

Module 6.2 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per day
25–26 April 2025 | 3 May 2025

Module 6.3 | Live Virtual | 3 Hours per day
16–17 May 2025 | 24 May 2025

Module 7 | On Campus | Fontainebleau
12–19 July 2025


  • ILPSE is a one-year part-time programme that offers an integrated approach to general management through nearly 30 in-depth session topics on core functional areas, strategy and leadership. It leverages week-long immersions at INSEAD’s global hubs near Paris and in Singapore, along with sessions in Mumbai, to provide an unmatched international educational experience.

  • The diversity of participants is critical to the learning experience. Our participants come from a wide range of functions, industries, backgrounds, organisations and life experiences.

  • The programme has a total of seven modules spread across virtual sessions and in-person sessions at INSEAD’S global hubs in Singapore and Fontainebleau, France along with sessions in Mumbai. The curriculum is structured around three types of modules: general management and leadership-oriented modules leading to integrated learning of leadership-related skills and behaviours, functional modules and advanced functional modules. In addition, participants will complete optional online coursework covering basic financial concepts.

  • Upon completion of ILPSE, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion from INSEAD.

  • Applications to ILPSE can be made online and should include an updated resume/LinkedIn profile as well as professional references. The application fees vary by rounds. Applying earlier helps your chances of being accepted into the programme.

  • Eruditus collects all programme payments, provides learner enrolment and programme support, and manages learning platform services. INSEAD is collaborating with Emeritus (part of the Eruditus Group) to offer a portfolio of high-impact programs.

  • For the programme refund and deferral policy, please click the link here.

  • Programme fees for Emeritus programmes with INSEAD may not be paid for with (a) funds from the GI Bill, the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or similar types of military education funding benefits or (b) Title IV financial aid funds.

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Phone: +91 9595840575 (India) / +65 6871 4030 (SG)

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