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Leadership Journeys


In this video Omar Khan talks about Leadership Quests and how they can make possibilities real.

Your organization is a well-managed and forward thinking employer. You have high potential managers that will be the leaders of the future. Their talent is scarce and the best amongst them know this.

So what are you offering to keep them motivated and developed in these difficult times?

No doubt you have experienced traditional classroom leadership sessions, however your brightest stars may have found them controlled and over-facilitated. You may also have organized outdoor team-building activities such as abseiling, raft building and the like. Whilst these can be fun or exhilarating and have their place in leadership development, the experiences they provide are often difficult to relate back to the every-day challenges you face.

In our ‘Leadership Journey’, Sensei has combined the best of the traditional, pragmatic classroom work with the excitement and the buzz of going out and doing something paradigm extending and precedent shattering. This is a real journey, with a start point and a destination, where participants truly learn to ‘adapt’ and the power of the experience unfolds as the journey proceeds.

Experiencing a genuine Leadership Journey is the next frontier of leadership and personal development. We would like to offer your talented managers a unique opportunity that was created for some of the world’s most successful executives, from organizations such as Unilever, BAT, Svitzer, 3M, The Ritz-Carlton, American Express and many others.

Specially tailored for teams, our Leadership Journey truly represents ‘Value For Life’. It empowers participants to make personal discoveries and commitments that might otherwise take up to 2 years to learn as part of a conventional coaching program. Moreover, it provides participants with a source of ideas as well as a community of peers for life.

Who is this Leadership Journey aimed at?
Teams and their team leaders.

When and where will the journey take place?
Dates and locations to be arranged by mutual agreement – previous destinations include Turkey, France, Scotland, Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

What will we actually do?
If you are looking for a detailed agenda, descriptions of your accommodation or a day-by-day itinerary, this is not the program for you. All logistics during the journey will be taken care of. We’ll tell you what to pack and you can be sure you’ll have a safe place to sleep, ample food, security, medical back-up and a support team. Beyond that, the journey is an adventure. You will be using different modes of transport, staying in different places each night – some rustic, some deluxe. Life, and how we see it, will be our classroom. There will be no lectures, no PowerPoint presentations, only engaged dialogues and the challenges of the journey itself.

Preparation & Follow-Up
Before departure you will have a 30-45 minute telephone conversation with one of our Journey Leaders and your sponsor to identify the area(s) you should focus on during the journey. We may suggest that you do some preparation before the trip. And when you get back to work, we will stay in touch to check how you are getting on with your implementation plan.

The cost for your Leadership Journey will depend on location, content and the number of participants.


Leadership Journeys are designed to help participants become more rounded human beings and more accomplished leaders, by unlocking their potential in a way that will yield positive results for themselves, their teams and their organizations.

The benefits of a Leadership Journey will include:

  • Learning to respond to the unexpected and adapt to change, thereby creating the confidence to excel in virtually any situation.

  • Understanding how to build rapport and communicate effectively, even where there is no natural chemistry

  • Increasing confidence in self-expression with authenticity and power

  • Identifying and overcoming limiting beliefs and unhelpful modes of behavior before they become habitual

  • Appreciating the importance of creating alignment with key stakeholders in order to achieve corporate aims

Managers who attend a Sensei Leadership Journey early in their career will gain an enduring developmental advantage over many of their peers, justifying the decisions of forward-thinking organizations to continue investing wisely in the development of their management teams – no matter what the economic climate.


  1. What is a Sensei Leadership Journey?

  2. Why is a Sensei Leadership Journey different to other leadership development approaches?

  3. Do Sensei Leadership Journeys deliver results?


If you are interested in experiencing a Sensei Leadership Journey with your team, please contact us to discuss your individual requirements. 

In this interview, Richard Ferguson answers some frequently asked questions


We will work with you and your sponsors to select one of your key business challenges to work on in the Leadership Journey.

You will lead a discussion focused on delivering new insights, ideas and practical actions drawn from the collective talent in your peer group.

You will return to the business r-energized with new insights and practical ideas that can deliver significant performance improvement in your organization. Your challenge will be to recoup the investment made in your development by a factor of 3 to 1.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to get new thinking applied to your organization’s challenges, unencumbered by the constraints and limitations of your organization’s paradigm.

If you are interested in experiencing a Sensei Leadership Journey with your team, please contact us to discuss your individual requirements. 


Asia was the first Svitzer unit to experience the Leadership Journey concept. Subsequently, the Asia unit has increased its 2009 revenue (both existing and future) as well as margins. And this at a time when everyone in the market is decreasing. There are many factors to this but to me it is undoubtedly aslo because fo your hard work with us, backed up by a very well prepared and executed Leadership Journey.

Herold Paul

It clearly defined what a journey is all about, which is when we walk side by side towards one common goal with great anticipation for all the obstacles AND celebrations we may have along the way.


We coached each other over the journey. Coaching, I think is about partnering, sharing, connecting and contributing – a way of making our being together more successful for everyone

We started the journey as a group of individuals and ended as a team. But the real journey for the team starts now… I would do ANYTHING to keep the spirit alive!

Martin Helweg
Regional Director

James Clark​​

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