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Executive Education


INSEAD Executive Coaching

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At the INSEAD Executive Coaching, we believe that effective leaders contribute to the creation of sustainable organisations that are great places to work. Our outlook is that the ways leaders deal with their people and the type of organisational culture they create, are the real and enduring sources of competitive advantage.

Our mission is to develop reflective leaders who create results-driven, adaptive and innovative organisations by putting people first.

We deliver 200+ leadership development programmes or modules per year at Degree and Executive Education levels. Every session is guided by our philosophy of closely integrating spaces for action and spaces for reflection to achieve the maximum impact. We work across all three INSEAD campuses: Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. INSEAD Executive Coaching faculty and coaches also travel throughout the world to deliver company-specific learning. In addition, we offer follow-up sessions remotely using a variety of technologies from simple phone calls to customised social media and webinar platforms.

Virtual Executive Coaching

Develop self-awareness and personal insight for more effective leadership in times of crisis.

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to have far reaching implications on society and business, organisations need reflective leaders who can act swiftly and decisively without losing the bigger picture. In times of chaos and turbulence the pressure to deliver and make the final call can however be challenging. It is during these times that crafting space for reflexion, developing self-awareness and exploring biases is key. Now, more than ever, coaching leaders has become more crucial.

INSEAD's new on-demand Virtual Executive Coaching offers four one-to-one sessions with one of our highly experienced coaches - supporting you through the crisis and providing you with the tools and insights to become a better and more reflective leader.

 Find out more and book your Virtual Executive Coaching sessions

Exceptional leadership development coaches


INSEAD Executive Coaching is well known for the quality and diversity of its coaches. Our 130+ multi-cultural expert leadership development coaches, resident in 20+ countries and working worldwide are all carefully selected for their expertise in individual coaching. In addition our pioneering group-coaching techniques – developed especially for executives to learn from and support each other – make us really stand out when it comes to leadership development.







Average years of coaching experience



Speak at least two languages



Have lived and worked abroad



Have experience at C-suite or board level



Are women

Leadership development
across INSEAD programmes


Our methodology


Leadership development sessions

These include group and/or individual coaching – with a practice-focused perspective. Among the services we offer are: experiential learning and leadership simulations; action learning and project support; outdoor group dynamics; fully facilitated indoor group work; and traditional classroom sessions and case study analysis.

Group coaching

This powerful technique was pioneered at INSEAD and our deep expertise in this approach remains our specialty. It involves a group of 5 to 6 participants working with a highly trained coach who understands and makes sense of their current situation. Through various exercises, participants develop a deep insight into each other’s personal and professional situations, analysing the results of the 360-degree exercises and giving each other direct and personal feedback. Participants are often surprised by the personal impact this process has on them. At the end of the session, each participant develops their own personal development plan.

Leadership In Action

Participants have a chance to express themselves in a group context, reflect on their behaviour and its consequences, and experiment with different strategies and actions. The coaching groups experience various situations that require setting a strategy, aligning objectives, planning, distributing roles, controlling processes and execution. The groups result and the behaviour of individuals within the group will be examined after each exercise.
Participants learn much about each other and themselves in a real life situation. The process is facilitated by the coach, who sets up structured, honest, fair and non-judgemental feedback.


Our instruments and tools

We design and implement innovative assessment instruments and simulations – all based on our own research – to measure and build skills, personality and culture. We combine these with coaching for maximum impact.


The xChange Simulation

The xChange Simulation is a powerful computer based learning tool that helps leaders at all levels ask: how do you exercise leadership in a rapidly changing world?

Hear why it’s an integral part of Executive Education programmes at INSEAD.


Feedback instruments

INSEAD has used its research expertise to create and continually update its instruments that are used to understand current performance. These tools help managers to explore the gap between the way they see themselves and the way they are seen by others. Participants, colleagues and even family members are asked to complete detailed surveys, which our coaches are trained to analyse and interpret.

The results lead to the creation of the individual development plan. INSEAD's feedback instruments include the following:


Global Executive Leadership
Mirror and x360

To understand individual leadership styles



To describe the individual's personality


Leadership Archetypes

To improve the functioning of teams


Culture Audit

To capture the culture of the entire organisation

Coaching Programmes


Essentials of Coaching - NEW!

Develop your essential coaching skills and your appreciation for the art of coaching.

For individuals who have an interest in people development and coaching.

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Upcoming Session

06 Nov 2023
5 days

INSEAD Coaching Certificate

Become an effective self-aware coach and enhance your capacity to further your clients’ change agenda.

For coaches and executives wishing to develop and strengthen their leadership and coaching skills.

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Upcoming Session

23 Oct 2023
4,5 + 4 + 3 days

Advanced Programme in Coaching Groups

For coaches willing to improve their ability to leverage team dynamics when coaching groups.

An immersive learning experience designed for coaches to reach a deeper level of coaching expertise in group dynamics.

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Upcoming Session

10 Jun 2024
4,5 days

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