How do you turn an inflection point in your career into an opportunity? How can you catapult your career to the next level?

Executive Leadership Development won’t give you a specific leadership recipe to follow. But it will teach you how to cook for yourself — strengthening your analytical tools, management acumen, and interpersonal skills.

Program Format

The program’s format and multi-disciplinary curriculum follow the Stanford MBA Program across three key themes: business acumen, innovation, and leadership. You’ll learn how to resolve strategic problems, build and motivate effective teams, and drive change in yourself and your organization.

Program Highlights

The sessions mentioned below are just a sample of those you’ll experience as part of the program.

Design Thinking

Learn design thinking tools and techniques developed at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, affectionately called the This experiential learning process draws on methods from engineering and design, and combines them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. You will explore mindsets of empathy, rapid prototyping, collaboration, iteration, and feedback.

Leadership Coaching

Personal leadership development is a key focus of the program. To enhance your awareness of your leadership style and how it’s perceived by others, we combine classroom learning with Stanford’s proprietary 360º in-depth leadership assessment tool called LEAP, or Leadership Evaluation and Action Planning.

LEAP is designed to help you strengthen your leadership skills so you can improve your performance, energize your workplace, and advance your career. It also helps you gain unique insight into your leadership skills, set priorities, and develop a 100-day action plan with one-on-one leadership coaching.

Acting with Power

The ability to function effectively within a hierarchy is a crucial component of leadership, yet many people struggle with “authority issues” that make certain hierarchical roles and positions difficult for them. This session draws the concepts of psychology and the craft of acting to help participants learn the mindsets and behaviors that are necessary to play powerful roles effectively. Many people assume that the best way to have impact, in power, is to focus on demonstrating competence and authoritativeness. Yet research shows that competence is only part of what makes power-holders effective. In this session, we will experiment with physical techniques that build trust and make using power easier and more effective.

Forbes India
September 18, 2020

Beating the Pandemic by Design

In this article, originally published by Stanford Business, faculty member Stefanos Zenios discusses how businesses can stay afloat amid the pandemic.


Jana Dubovska | Executive Education, Stanford GSB
Associate Director, Programs Executive Education