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Self-Managing Leadership®

Self-managing Leadership® (SML) is a powerful framework for effectively aligning people and culture with purpose and strategy.

Unleash the power of purpose-driven performance.

Our 10-step model helps participants identify their purpose, values and vision in order to define the focus and character which defines their leadership. A 90-day action plan for each participant will be developed focusing on the few things which have the largest impact, for both personal and professional development.

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1 Million+ participants. 30+ years excellence.

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Facilitated and supported with high-level coaches

Globally Recognised Certification
We’re a global leader in leadership development

A powerful step-by-step framework for focusing, changing negative habits, making critical choices and bringing plans to life. Participants learn how to influence change at the individual, team and organisation level.

How Self-Managing Leadership®  will amplify engagement.

Through a facilitated journey our coaches will guide you through a transformation process of analysis and discovery where you will gain insights about yourself, formulate a 90 Day Action Plan and get the support you need to move you forward to being yourself better and realising your potential.

Identify postive & negative

Identify your negative and positive patterns/habits and behaviours that are present in your life.

Find your purpose

Identify your purpose, your inner “why” or that which gives meaning to your life.

Define your future

Create a future vision for your life in three key areas: your role as a leader, your role in your family life, community life and your personal life.

Overcome barriers

Recognise and put in place a plan to overcome barriers which are holding you back from becoming all that you can be.

Create strategies

Emerge with concrete strategies for managing yourself better, your relationships, your career and your organisation.

Set an action plan

Leave with a framework for self management, personal accountability and a 90 Day Action Plan.

Harness the power of purpose in ten comprehensive modules.

Our proven 10-step programme gives you everything you need to find your purpose, identify your vision, and make it happen.

Where have I come from and how did I get here?

Identify what stage you are at in your life. You will see where you’ve come from and what you’ve learned. You will identify what (good and bad) patterns of thinking, responding and behaving you’ve acquired. You will discover what scale of change is needed. You will also learn about presence and the ‘total intelligence’ of the leader.

What does my story tell me about myself?

Assess the personal strengths and positive patterns that you can build on for the next chapter in your life. You will also identify the weaknesses and negative patterns that need to be dealt with. You will learn how to develop the art of becoming the ‘detached observer’ to get perspective and understand what’s really going on.

If I live my truth, what am I supposed to be doing with my life?

Learn about the power of your purpose and keeping the right intention. You will work on clarifying your “why” and developing your personal compass for the next chapter in your life. You will learn the key to influence your next chapter and trajectory.

What values and guiding principles support my “why”?

Identify the values that are connected to your purpose in order to guide and influence major choices, decisions and relationships. You will learn how to detect the values which give shape and definition to your character as an individual and person.

What does my vision ideally point to? How do I need to adjust the way I see?

Learn about the power of your purpose and keeping the right intention. You will work on clarifying your “why” and developing your personal compass for the next chapter in your life. You will learn the key to influence your next chapter and trajectory.

What are the barriers that I will probably face while moving towards my vision?

In this session you will explore the obstacles and challenges that need to be dealt with for you to be able to achieve your vision. You will identify the root cause of old patterns that are compromising your success.

What do I do and how do I do it?

In these sessions you will identify the choices and decisions that reinforce your goals and strategies for achieving your vision.

What are the immediate steps to move towards my vision?

You will be guided in developing an action plan for the implementation of the change you are looking for in your life and career. You will learn how to sustain your energy, commitment and enthusiasm for the direction you choose.

What habits and patterns do I need to change?

In this session you will discover ways to carry your action plan into reality and how to establish new habits and vital behaviours for success.

“The Self-Managing Leadership programme was the most powerful and moving course I have ever attended in my entire professional career. Brian’s vision and foresight has helped me deal with many difficult situations personally & professionally.”

John Mahtani
Former Vice President, Warner Bros

Purpose-driven performance, at scale.

Oxford Leadership can deliver SML® Online to hundreds or thousands of your employees at scale if that’s what your organisation needs. Customised to your brand, with your key messages baked in and aligned to your strategy – you’ll benefit from the deepest possible engagement and see the best outcomes.

Programme Brochure

Download the programme overview for more information about the core methodologies and key benefits.

Listen to SML®
participant stories

The SML® Online Platform helped BBH employees connect their individual purpose to the purpose of the agency.

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“This online training has been a wonderful experience. It not only helped me refresh the concepts but allowed me to dive deeper within myself and confirm my purpose. It also allowed me to reflect on the ways I show up. In the world to make my purpose come alive. That solid work allowed me to be fully present so that I could guide others to be curious listen in and reconnect to what matters most.”

Cecilia McKay
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“The OCC is a great value add to my skillset as a coach and psychologist. The structured framework of the SML is a game-changer with regards to uncovering one's purpose to deliver impact. I appreciate the clarity it brings to my clients and my own life, knowing that everyday we strive to live and work in alignment with our purpose, values and vision.”

Fredelene Elie
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“Oxford Leadership's SML program is a game changer in the field of leadership development. The OCC program allowed me to go further and deeper. It was amazing to learn with and from many outstanding coaches. Thank you Oxford Leadership team!”

Jonas Wolf
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“The online SML program is a powerful and effective way for someone to take stock of what has been happening in their own life, do some 'position fixing', get to know themselves better and chart a purpose-driven course for the months and years ahead. Its visionary approach is firmly grounded in concreteness. Highly recommended when winds blow stronger.”

Mauro Oretti
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“Thank you Judith for the inspiring, insightful and an energizing training! You helped open up new perspectives as a coach in me. The structure of the OCC is very good with the right balance of Crispness and detail. The sessions helped me to view my situation from a completely new angle and built the courage to make and even embrace change and to move forward by making choices that benefit me.”

Shalini Srivastava
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“The SML program is an inspiring voyage of self-discovery that has provided me with powerful insights into how I arrived in my life where I am now, where I intend to go next and the plan to get there. This is a vital professional development programme for anyone in a leadership role who has the passion to learn and grow and inspire the people they lead.”

Stephen Grinham
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“I came away from the program rewarded ten fold on my time and investment. Judith and the team at Oxford Leadership. It has helped me to better understand myself and those around me to enhance my impact upon the world. This really is a much more intense experience than I expected and continues its impact beyond the sessions.”

Steve Clarke
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“Very insightful and joyful. By going through the whole program myself again and practicing in small groups, it deepened my experience and understanding. The model is simple and at the same time profound, allowing you to really get to the heart of the matter in a relatively short period of time.”

Varinka Bouma
Oxford Leadership Certified Coach

“I’ve been through many high-end executive coaching, training and personal leadership programmes. What shocked me about this one was how incredibly sharp and insightful the resulting action plan was in terms of my vision, values and actions. The short, engaging and impactful videos created the space to go inwards. I intend to bring all new hires through this process as part of their development plan.”

Walter Roth
CEO, Inward Sales

“Top leaders will benefit from making a leadership journey that touches their hearts and minds. This is an inspirational experience that allows personal leadership to be the starting point and anchor for better team and organisational leadership.”

Heiko Hutmacher
Board of Management – CHRO, Makro

“Last five weeks were very insightful and super inspiring. I am happy to take the opportunity of great investment into myself by focusing on the purpose and my next chapter. Thank you Malin Wallmon, Greg Orme and Brian Bacon for the excellent content of the course and great setup . Thanks to the group mates for the created environment, great discussions and great vibe.”

Monika Rimkunaite-Bloze
Head of Administrations, European Merchant Bank

“The methodology suggests that my purpose is sitting somewhere there deep-rooted in my personality. After joining the course and going through the necessary steps I found some things which I didn’t consider before and I must admit that just by finding those things I instantly got an energy bump in my daily life as if I found a source of energy. Highly recommend this course!”

Vladislav Andreev
Managing Director, FANATIC

“Oxford Leadership’s Self-Managing Leadership programme was by far the most powerful and moving course I have ever attended in my entire professional career. Brian’s vision and foresight has helped me deal with many difficult situations both personally and professionally.”

John Mahtani
Former Vice President, Warner Bros

“We have trained more than 90K employees with SML. This programme helps them to identify their purpose and their professional & personal fulfilment in life. Thanks to this, team building was strengthened in our organisation, employees felt stronger, more open and resilient to change.”

Silke Heitmann
Head of HR, Metro


Here you’ll find a selection of the most common questions we are asked about SML Online. We hope you find them helpful. If you have a more specific question please talk to one of our consultants.

By unpacking your purpose and turning it into a 90-day action plan, you can decide what you want to do in your personal life, and how to get there. Oxford Leadership provides the tools, but you need to make the change yourself.

SML Online is available at scale for organisations that want it. Fully customised and branded programmes with your organisation’s own messages that can be taken by thousands of individuals across different time-zones.

There’s no difference at all in terms of quality or of content. SML Online takes the same course that almost one million individuals have already benefited from in person, and allows you to take it online.

Speak to a consultant.

If you’d like to find out anything more about how the SML® Programme could help you or your organisation, our consultants will be delighted to help.

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