For 50 years, Executive Education at London Business School has been a trailblazer, guiding executives who take our programmes.


Those who study here become part of this tradition, benefiting from leaders before them and helping others who will follow. 

Trailblazing, for most of us, is a term that triggers a sense of energetic pioneering and maybe risk taking. But it is so much more than that.


Watch this video to discover the heritage of trailblazing and how Executive Education has embodied this pioneering spirit.

  • Trailblazing is a clear code

    Every blaze is a mark, not a fire. Imagine US pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone and his followers pushing westwards with their forest axes and knives – they likely carved blazes.

    The marks (now more generally in paint) are designed to lead the way, impart knowledge of the path and give confidence and support to others as they embark on their own journeys.

    Behind the physical code lies an important behavioural code – a trail etiquette.

    The number one principal is to work together and look after one another. Few trails were blazed by lone travellers. Because strength lies in unity, the code demands that all who chance upon each other in the wilderness share their information about the terrain.

    In unchartered or even known territory, it is important that everyone stays within eye and ear contact. If you encounter an obstacle – a fallen tree, a water course or a parting of the ways – stop, regroup and reflect. This keeps you united and allows you to course correct and support anyone who may be struggling..


    The most experienced trailers either lead or ‘sweep’ at the rear. On travelled trails it is important to spread out a little to avoid the cloud of dust kicked up by the group in front. Treading exactly where your leader has gone isn’t always the best approach.


    Trailblazers are navigators with a purpose


    As they lead the way for themselves and their followers, they hold responsibility not only for their own journey, but also for those who will follow in their trail, be it days, months or years after.

    The beauty of trailblazing is that its principles can be applied to any situation and circumstance. The true trailblazer knows that all marks laid down, small or large, are important. They know that the signs are always there, if only you know where to look for them. They recognise that they are not alone, but form part of a larger community of past, present and future travellers.

    Embodying this pioneering spirit, Executive Education at London Business School has proudly been trailblazing the way forward for executives around the world since 1966.




Executive Education since 1966

Developing executives from over 130 countries

Delivered 1,373 Executive Education open programmes

Empowered over 150,000 senior executives


Trailblazing through the decades

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