Designed for participants at the Director level (D1/D2), the UN Leaders Programme explores successful leadership approaches and innovation and transformation practices and their application to UN and international leadership.


UN leaders and their partners are expected to provide aspirational guidance and practical solutions to the complex challenges our world is facing, often in inclement conditions. The rapid pace of change in today’s world means that the best leaders are the ones who keep growing.

Participants of the UN Leaders Programme explore leadership in the context of innovation, transformation, collaboration and resilience; reflect on strong and successful leadership approaches and their application, and forge deeper connections with colleagues from across the international and UN system through peer exchange and collegial support.


In this programme you will:

  1. Reflect on strong and successful leadership, transformation, innovation and resilience approaches and their application in your context.
  2. Benefit from deeper connections with colleagues through peer exchange – and re-energize.
  3. Analyze and respond to leadership lessons from challenges, trends and opportunities.
Course methodology

The UN Leaders Programme fuses sessions exploring dimensions of leadership with discussion on current issues, reflection, experience sharing and explorations. The programme is considered a benchmark for unique, varied and stimulating methodologies, including assessments, leadership challenges, virtual sessions, connect and reflect opportunities, as well as individualized executive coaching.

Course contents

Topics include: Leadership Reflections; Power, Authority, and the Dynamics of Relational Authenticity; Adaptive Leadership; Change and Innovation in the UN; Leadership Resilience; Global and Regional Challenges, Trends and Opportunities and the UN’s Role; Collaboration.

Target audience

Senior UN staff at the D1 – D2 levels;

Senior staff operating in relevant fields of international cooperation. By open enrolment or nomination. (Please note that some UN organizations follow an internal nomination process to identify candidates for the programme).

Cost of participation

The fee is $6,250 which includes access to all sessions, assessments, executive coaching, and course material.