Be the leader your organisation needs for the future, today.

A transformative 8-week online experience for ambitious and seasoned business leaders looking to fast-track their journey to the top.

Lead with greater purpose.

Develop a highly informed global perspective that will help your organisation seize new opportunities and compete successfully well into the future.

Build your global network.

Build a strong network of peers and receive QUT alumni status upon completion, becoming part of a global alumni network.

Learn from the best.

Developed and delivered by a transdisciplinary team of skilled QUT educators, cutting-edge researchers, award-winning authors and former C-Suite professionals.

Internationally recognised.

Of the 13,670 schools offering business programs worldwide, QUT is one of only three Australian business schools to be awarded triple international accreditation.

A career-changing learning experience.

Our prestigious Ascend Program offers career boosting training and leadership coaching, condensed into a rapid format, allowing you to step up and make an immediate impact in your organisation, without impacting your personal world.

The program is designed specifically for high performing leaders seeking to:

  • Secure their place on the senior executive panel or advance to CXO;
  • Reach the heights of CEO; or
  • Supplement their entrepreneurial vision with executive business acumen.

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Course format.

Step up. Fast.

24 Hours of online learning delivered in 8 weekly modules, with optional face-to-face onboarding and celebratory networking events.

One-on-one coaching.

Coaching and mentoring from industry leaders and experienced C-suite executives.

Optional add-ons.

Assess your leadership skills, get career coaching or pathway into QUT’s MBA suite or an Executive Graduate Certificate (Leadership Coaching and Mentoring).

Explore the course structure.

Session 1

Designing a compelling vision

  • Futurist thinking
  • Transformative strategy and visioning
  • Creativity innovation
Session 2

Leading in a complex world

  • Leading digital disruption
  • Global business leadership
  • Customer trends
  • Embracing diversity
  • Engaging and leading change
Session 3

Strategic decision-making

  • Organisational design
  • Behavioural economics and cognitive bias
  • Global mindset
  • Finance and investment
  • Driving strategic initiatives
Session 4

Self-aware leadership

  • Leading with emotional intelligence
  • The authentic leader
  • Building culture
  • Mindfulness as a core practice
Session 5

Crafting a high-performance culture

  • High performance leadership teams
  • Distributed leadership
  • Ambidextrous teams
  • Aligning and executing vision, strategy and culture
  • Engaging talented people and leading multi-generational organisations
Session 6

Executive Presence

  • Authoring my leadership story
  • Evolving leadership through personal transformation
  • Moving from constantly “doing” to “being”
Session 7

Managing strategic relationships

  • Board
  • Investors, collaborators and partners
  • Customers and markets
  • Societal, private and public stakeholders
Session 8

Power, politics and leadership

  • Dealing with powerful others
  • Ethical leadership
  • Courageous leadership
  • Practical wisdom

Optional add-ons.

360° Leadership review

Includes a 90 minute debrief.

Career Coaching

Optional 6-hour Career Coaching extension package.

Award extension

Take your study further with an extension unit towards to QUT’s MBA suite or an Executive Graduate Certificate (Leadership Coaching and Mentoring).

Course pricing.

Ascend Certificate


Incl. GST
Ask us about optional course extensions, including:
  • 360° Leadership review
  • Additional Career Coaching
  • EMBA Unit Extension

Why choose QUTeX.

QUTeX is a new, broad, flexible, learning paradigm helping individuals and organisations get future fit through specialised Short Courses, Professional Development and Executive Education. This unique, progressive approach enables learners to extend existing skills, learn new skills, become more adaptable, more multi-disciplined and more valuable in the future.

Partner with the best.

You’ll partner with a quality provider consistently ranked by corporations and individual learners as one of Australia’s Top 3 Business Schools.

We’ve got the experience.

Our partnerships with leading organisations and government departments have made a real-world difference.

Transdisciplinary education.

We harness the knowledge and expertise of the entire university to design for the challenges of today and tomorrow’s executives.

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Register your interest for the Ascend Executive eXcelerator Program.
Places are limited and subject to an interview with the Program Director.

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