Leading to Grow is a Lancaster University Management School programme taught in several countries. This highly innovative course arises for the first time in Portugal through a partnership with the Católica Porto Business School.

Aimed at SME leaders (owners or managers) who are growing and with growth potential, Leading to Grow has two intervention vectors: the leader and the company. Intervening in the personal development of the owner / manager with regard to their leadership characteristics has the ultimate goal of innovation and business growth, increasing productivity and profitability.

The course lasts for 10 months. On the first, third and sixth months, the course runs from Wednesday to Saturday; the remaining seven months the course only takes place on Saturdays.


The main objectives cited by participants in previous editions are:
• Become a better leader;
• Develop the company;
• Increase the company's profits;
• Improve the decision-making capacity;
• Increase turnover;
• Improve the effectiveness of the decisions;
• Increase influence on their own business;
• Improve the relationship with their employees;
• Delegate more;
Who attends

The course aims at SME leaders (owners and managers) who are growing or who have potential growth.

Programme Outline

The programme combines various elements wich are outlined below.

Experiential modules
Overnight experimental moduleLEAD starts with a three day overnight experiential at Católica Porto Business School which is designed to build trust in the peer network. The experiential offers a mix og management training exercises and experience-based learning that explores the role of leadership. This allowes the participants to begin to reflect on their own leadership style in a safe environment and provides a framework to develop a personal development plan for them to work with for the duration of LEAD.
Action Learning Sets
Action LearningMany owner-managers have identified "feeling isolated" as a commom theme when running their own business. Action Learning is designed to overcome this isolation and is used as a platform to address real business concerns. Action Learning Sets involve a group of six to seven delegates addressing pertinent business issues in a confidential, non-competitive, trusting environment with the co-operation of like-minded people. Individual members of the set learn by exploring their own knowledge and experience and then deciding which actions to take to help resolve their business issues.
Action Learning develops critical thinking and reflection skills, insightfull questioning skills and active listening skills - all of which help owners-managers empower staff, improve delegations skills, promote a culture of critical reflection and ultimately help you to work on the business, not in the business. 
Masterclasses and two modules
MasterclassesThe masterclass series has been designerd to challenge delegates, stimulate critical thinking and catalyse awareness. By sharing their experiences, speakers will enable you to reflect on your own leadership style and management skills. There are two themes for masterclasses: business growth and leadership.

Business Growth: These masterclasses are specifically designed to cover key areas of the business that meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises. The masterclasses will provide delegates with the tools to grow their business. They are delivered by academics who have an active interest in small businesses and practitioners who have led and grown businesses themselves.
Leadership: Leadership masterclasses are delivered by inspirational speakers who share their own leadership journeys.

The two modules taught in Porto, by Lancaster facultu, wil have the following themes: "Growing responible business: purpose, people and processes and Leading Change".
Online Forum
Online ForumThe LEAD online forum is a virtual environment that provides a confidential space for delegates to acess their peers, facilitators and the moderator when not physically together. It provides 24/7 access to information, resources and discussions, communicate relevant pieces of information and so on.
Business shadowing and exchanges
Business shadowingObservational learning is perhaps the most powerful process for acquiring information. The business shadowing and exchange element of LEAD has been developed to extend the observation process and to test the delegates' learning from the whole programme.
This element of LEAD provides an opportunity for you to learn from each other's organisationsM; learn about your own behaviour, learn about your own leadership style and your organisation through a fresh pair of eyes.

The process begins with a shadowing exercise during which participants will observe and reflect on the behaviour of their exchange partner in their place of work. This is followed up by a series of exchanges where participants will go into their partner's business and conduct a mini consultancy project on an agreed area.


10 months


April 2018

Programme Director

Ana Côrte-Real


Católica Porto Business School


You can make your online application here.

You can also deliver your application personally at the administrative offices of the school or mail to:

Católica Porto Business School
Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327
4169-005 Porto

Elements for Application:

  • Duly completed application form;
  • Detailed CV;
  • An updated photograph;
  • Identification Document photocopy / Taxpayer Card;



5 250€ + VAT

Payment Policy

When applying you shall pay 10% of the programme's amount. The remaining amount must be settled in accordance with the payment schedule set to you. VAT at the legal rate must be added to all prices.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of an entry within 15 days prior to the start of the programme will lead to no reimbursement of the registration fee. A no-show or cancellation of a registration after the start of the programme involves its full payment. In certain circumstances, the Católica Porto Business School may postpone or cancel the implementation of a programme and in that case shall return in full all the amounts charged.

Special Conditions

The attendance fee will have a 10% discount in case there are two enrolments from the same institution or 15% for three or more enrolments. Former students of Catholic University and EGE - Business Management School will benefit from a 10% discount. AEP Members will have a 10% discount and the associated AEP Plus benefit of a deduction of 13%. Discounts are not cumulative. Associates of Associação de Empresas Familiares, AICEP e CCILA benefit of a 10% discount.


Executive Coordination

Sara Carneiro Pacheco


Tel: 226196260

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