Transforming Leadership at Swiss Re (TLS)

Award-Winning Leadership Development Programme


Swiss Re is the leading global reinsurer with 10,000 employees serving clients in over 160 countries through 79 offices around the world.


In 2003 the Swiss Re Academy launched a ‘Greenfield Project’ for best practice leadership development at Swiss Re. Organisational analysis had identified a need to develop the personal leadership behaviour of current top leaders.

In partnership with Swiss Re Academy, Impact designed and delivered a transformational leadership programme (TLS). The project has been a huge initiative targeted at developing the interpersonal leadership skills of the top 300 people in the organisation worldwide.


Together we designed an interactive, challenging and innovative five-day learning journey. During the programme 24 participants work together in four facilitated groups. The programme is preceded by a ‘Creating Breakthrough Strategies’ workshop and a 1:1 coaching discussion. These both reinforce the establishment of the business context.


After four highly successful years, the final TLS programme closed in November 2008. During this time almost all of the top 300 Swiss Re leaders have been challenged, stimulated and enjoyed the programme.

In June 2008 Impact and Swiss Re won the Excellence in Practice Award for ‘Partnership in Organisation Development’ from the European Foundation for Management Development.