FAQ | Executive Leadership Program
On this page you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about the Executive Leadership Program, including many practical details about the course. We recommend that you read through this information before booking a call with our admissions team.
Still unsure if the program is for you? Head here to learn more about past participants’ experiences with the program and their reasons for joining.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COURSE?
This four-month program is designed to support leaders to thrive in complexity. It helps them envision possible futures, build inclusive teams that can collaborate effectively, and create the conditions for those futures to emerge. Through experiential learning, deep reflection, examining diverse perspectives, and exploring possible futures, participants will shift their mindset and step out of their habitual ways of thinking—all to explore new possibilities.
WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?
Participants in the Executive Leadership Program are usually:
- Experienced leaders with a minimum of 8 years in a senior management position
- Influencers in the driver’s seat of a significant project or initiative
- Citizens of the world with a global outlook, open to different perspectives
- Purpose-driven, motivated by their mission and compelled to leave a positive impact on society
- Lifelong learners committed to personal growth
- Aware that what got them here won’t get them to the next level alone
- Rise to every challenge and are driven by the need for change
There is no education prerequisite or minimum age requirement, however we do generally expect that participants have been working for at least 8 years.
HOW WILL YOU ENSURE THE PROGRAM IS PRACTICAL AND APPLICABLE TO OUR WORK?
he program is designed for you to apply the leadership lessons, skills and tools that you will learn in the program directly into your work. Participants will all bring in a personal or professional undertaking/initiative that they will work on, either a big shift that you want to make within your organisation or for example an initiative or organisation that you would like to start. You will apply the insights and learnings from the sessions directly.
WHERE WILL THE COURSE TAKE PLACE?
This leadership program is a blended journey. Module 1 and Module 4 take place in Amsterdam, while the other modules will be online. Attendance at the in-person modules in Amsterdam is required in order to participate in the journey.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT DURING THE IN-PERSON MODULES AND ONLINE MODULES?
The in-person weeks require participants to be in Amsterdam full-time for 5 full days. This means that for participants arriving from abroad, it is best to arrive on Sunday before the module begins and depart on Saturday after the module ends. Most days will run from 9:00 to 18:00 (lunch will be included), with some potential exceptions for off-site activities. The week will end with a closing dinner that runs until approximately 21:00 on Friday evening.
The online immersive modules consist of 4 hours of online sessions plus 1-2 hours of individual work each day for three days. During these weeks, we recommend that you take time off work to fully commit yourself to the program for those three days, as the work you put in will significantly impact your progress and development after completing the program.
The remaining weeks (weeks 2-5, 7-10, 12-15) consist of a 2-hour interactive online session plus 1-3 hours of individual work.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL IN-PERSON DAY LOOK LIKE?
A typical in-person day will begin at 9:00 with an hour-long session designed to ground you and get you out of your mind and into your body. This will be followed by a deep-dive session into a leadership or innovation topic, where you will do hands-on work with your peers to fully experience the learning material. This is followed by a catered lunch, and then an afternoon with one long or two shorter deep-dives. The day ends at 18:00, when you can head off into town to experience Amsterdam and enjoy dinner with your peers.
Some days will be full-day deep dives into a particular topic. These days will still include a catered lunch and coffee breaks.
HOW MANY COACHING SESSIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM? COULD WE ADD MORE SESSIONS THAN WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The program includes 6 coaching sessions, and you can choose between leadership, business strategy or storytelling coaching. You can make your own composition according to your needs. It is possible to add additional coaching sessions to your journey, you can find more information about the pricing here.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
The program fee is 18.000 Euro ex. VAT per person.
Tuition includes program materials, coaching, daily lunch during the weeks in Amsterdam, and a class dinner at the end of each in-person module.
Airfare and accommodation are not included.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH CLASS?
Each class is capped at 40 participants. Our objective is never to simply fill a class; we carefully curate each cohort to create a diverse community of purpose-driven individuals stemming from the corporate, scale up, start up and social spaces to ensure diverse perspectives.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
We carefully curate each cohort to create a diverse community of purpose-driven individuals whose bond lasts a lifetime. By accepting a limited number of participants per program, we ensure deep learning while optimizing opportunities for collaboration and deep connection.
If you are ready to join the program after reviewing the questions on this page, then we invite you to book a call (Link to book a call page) with our Admissions team to assess whether the program is the right fit for you.
Following the call, and if there is a fit, you will be invited to submit your application. Our Admissions Committee reviews applications on a weekly basis and will inform you on the status of your application within 7 days.
HOW OFTEN IS THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM HELD?
We aim to host two cohorts per year, one beginning in the spring and the other in the fall. Our current planning is heavily impacted by the global pandemic. Dates and changes are regularly updated on the program page.
ARE TAX REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR TUITION?
Yes, tax refunds are applicable for certain countries where governments offer a refund for education. Please check conditions with your local tax authorities.
DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FULL TUITION FEE ALL AT ONCE OR CAN I PAY IN INSTALLMENTS?
Yes, you can pay the tuition in up to three (3) installments.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you withdraw from the Program between eight and twelve weeks of the program start date, your will incur a charge of 15% of the total tuition amount
If you withdraw from the Program between four and eight weeks of the program start date, you will incur a charge of 50% of the total tuition amount
If you withdraw from the Program between one and four weeks of the program start date, you will incur a charge of 75% of the total tuition amount
If you withdraw from the Program less than one week before the program start date, you will incur a charge of 100% of the total tuition amount
This cancellation policy is also included in the registration agreement (once you are ready to join the program), which also provides a provision in case of force majeure.
DO I NEED TO BOOK A HOTEL/APARTMENT?
Yes, you are responsible for your own travel to Amsterdam and for your own accommodation during the in-person modules.
If you are accepted into the program, we can recommend accommodations close to the THNK Home. Some participants even choose to rent an Airbnb together!
We also have a vibrant alumni community who invite participants with financial limitations to stay in their homes during the program.
ARE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS OR FOOD ALLERGIES CATERED FOR?
During the in-person modules, we will serve lunch and healthy snacks. At the end of each module in Amsterdam, a dinner will be served as well. Our meals are organic and vegetarian with many vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
To ensure your dietary needs are met, please indicate them to our program staff prior to the program.
AFTER I COMPLETE THE PROGRAM, WILL I BE A FULL MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY?
Yes, absolutely. And what a community we have! The THNK Community is global in nature and includes corporate CEOs, social entrepreneurs, directors of NGOs, artists, scientists, published authors, activists, and more. We are lucky to count a Pulitzer-prize winner, a winner of the fashion design challenge Project Runway, a groundbreaking
environmental activist, dozens of published authors, and world-famous athletes and television personalities in our
community. Our alumni are proud to be in the THNK community. They leave the program with great connections and feel eager to connect with other curious THNKers across the globe. The global community is a lifelong support system, offering connection, diverse perspectives, resources, job opportunities, networking, and beyond.