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Smurfit Executive Development in collaboration with Leinster Rugby

You have the potential to be among your organisation’s greatest assets — but capitalising on your abilities requires new knowledge and skills.
UCD Smurfit Executive Development in collaboration with Leinster Rugby, are delighted to announce a new three-day course ‘Building and Leading High-Performing Teams’. Through the integration of examples from the sports and business worlds, this unique, intensive and highly interactive short course, will equip you with insights & skills to build your leadership strengths and prepare you for greater challenges.

Change the way you experience leadership

The dynamics of teamwork are too complex to be mastered through classroom work alone. Working with Leinster Rugby’s leadership team, Building and Leading High-Performing Teams provides a distinct combination of classroom and case work, along with experiential exercises in a dynamic, interactive environment. It builds upon years of combined expertise, on and off the pitch, in providing strategic insights to help participants build and nurture performance-driven teams.

Through cross-functional team building and helping participants to develop an enhanced ability to build, lead, inspire and sustain high-performing teams, this three-day course places you in settings and contexts that will change the way you experience leadership. Each day you will test new strategies and practical tools through hands-on experiences with instant feedback and participate in integrated sessions that connect course content to your real-world issues. 

Key Details

2023/24 dates to be announced

Next Intake

€3,000 (Group Discount Benefits)


3 consecutive days - in-person


20 - 25

Class Size

Certificate of Completion


Leinster Rugby Post Programme Experience

Successful participants will be presented with their course certificates at a special lunch & networking reception at a Leinster Rugby home match in either the RDS Arena or Aviva Stadium before taking their seat to enjoy the performance. 

Smurfit Executive Development ranked 35th globally in latest 2023 Financial Times Rankings

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked 35th in the world in the 2023 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment rankings. We are ranked 1st in Ireland and 21st in Europe with an increased overall participant satisfaction rating at 9.33/10.

The only Irish business school ranked in the Open Enrolment rankings, Smurfit Executive Development is globally ranked 25th place for New Skills and Learning, 28th place for Aims Achieved and 28th place for International Location which highlights the extent to which programmes are run off-site and outside the school’s base country and region bringing diversity of thought to the learning environment.

In addition, UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranked 34th for Teaching Methods and Materials, 35th for Course Design and 37th for Faculty. Find out more here.

Contact Us

If you have questions related to your learning & development needs or wish to apply, please engage in a conversation with Sinead Mc Aleese, Business Development Coordinator, who will accompany you in your learning journey. Please call +353 87 9104799 or email

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