Participants in the Executive Leadership Program
Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action

Curriculum

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: Analysis to Action 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.

Executive Leadership Development Game Changer: Kiki VanDeWeghe
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The program’s format and experiential, multi-disciplinary curriculum follow Stanford’s MBA program across three key themes: business acumen, innovation, and leadership. Over the course of three months and three integrated modules, you’ll learn how to resolve strategic problems, build and motivate effective teams, and drive change in yourself and your organization. Here is a brief overview:

Module 1
On Campus
General management fundamentals, finance, and hands-on design thinking
Module 2
Online & On the Job
Design challenge at your company, proprietary 360º leadership assessment
Module 3
On Campus
Design challenge recap and feedback, personal leadership skills, one-on-one coaching.
Post-Program Follow-up coaching sessions, 360º reassessment

Program Highlights

Below is just a sample of the sessions 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 d.school.” 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. Then, put newfound skills into action to tackle real-world design challenges.

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 (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.

Understanding Competitive Advantage

Many businesses are successful in their markets, but have only a limited understanding of the reasons behind their success. This lack of understanding can be dangerous: Seemingly sensible decisions can turn an organization’s fortunes for the worse. More generally, companies with sustained competitive advantages are ones in which managers throughout the enterprises have a deep understanding of their key success factors.

This session will present a framework for analyzing your business’s basis of competitive advantage, and allow you to consider the implications of different sources of competitive advantage for strategic decision making.

Communicating Effectively

As a leader, you spend the majority of your time communicating with others: team members, subordinates, and clients. You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the way you communicate, nor are you likely, in a business setting, to get honest feedback about the way you communicate. Yet the quality of your communication largely determines your effectiveness.

This session will help you appreciate the nature and complexity of a specific form of communication — persuasion — and provide guidelines for boosting the strength of a persuasive message. We will draw on specific examples from other organizations to highlight our takeaways.

Strategy Beyond Markets

Most business school classes focus on companies’ interactions with customers, competitors, suppliers, and shareholders in the form of mutually beneficial voluntary exchange transacted in markets. In contrast, these sessions consider businesses’ strategic interactions with comparably important constituents, organizations, and institutions outside of markets.

Strategy beyond markets is a central component of a company’s approach to achieving superior overall performance, and it must be integrated with the company’s market strategy. Examples of topics to be discussed in these sessions include boycotts, activist pressures, regulation, judicial decisions, and political risk, all of which can substantially impact an enterprise’s performance and profitability.