Professional Training

Role of the Managing Director

Institute of Directors, In London (+1 locations)
1 day
1,065 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
21 May, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
1 day
1,065 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
21 May, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

Role of the Managing Director

This intensive one-day course provides you with practical and pragmatic insight into the role and responsibilities of the managing director.

Whether you are newly appointed, or looking to improve your performance with a fresh perspective, this course will help you to focus on the core issues of authority, accountability and constraints of a managing director. It also explores the relationship between the managing director and the board, giving you insights into how the board's purpose and goals fit into the broader corporate strategy. You will also be given a unique opportunity to discuss and share your thoughts with peers, assess your current performance and plan your future development.

By the end of the programme, you will be fully conversant with your strategic responsibilities and have practical insights to contribute to the achievement of your organisation’s corporate goals.

“The facilities at the IoD, together with the course design enable cross-fertilisation of management techniques and styles. The opportunity to discuss issues in the context of the course is unique and a very valuable experience for both experienced directors and those on the threshold of that status. Post course networking has also proved an important feature, as delegates make contacts with others facing similar situations.” Chris Wilkins, Course Leader

Upcoming start dates

Choose between 2 start dates

21 May, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

2 October, 2024

  • Classroom
  • London
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is suitable for managing directors of owner managed companies or family businesses, as well as newly appointed managing directors and those shortly to take up the position.

Training Course Content

This course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Understand the role of Managing Director in relation to the purpose and objectives of the board
  • Describe the MD's role in defining and communicating corporate strategy, leading and motivating the organisation and managing change
  • Differentiate between the roles of MD and Company Chairman
  • Combine the unique responsibilities associated with managing the organisation's operations and setting out corporate strategy
  • Appreciate the issues and principles associated with the corporate governance debate

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Top 10 Winner - 2022

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Each year, we select the top 10 most popular courses on our site in some of the most popular categories to make it easier for our users to find the right course for them - so you can book with confidence.

Why choose Institute of Directors

Founded in 1903

Qualifications for directors under Royal Charter

Delivered in-company training in more than 40 countries over the last three years


  • Member Price: £1065
  • Non-Member rate: £1,395

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