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Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate

Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate

In this online program, develop as a leader who is compassionate, courageous, curious, and exhibits humility.

Through active learning and engagement in the academically rigorous LEAD Personal Leadership program, you will discover details about the leader you are, and receive support to become the leader you want to be. Participants are invited to attend virtual live events led by Stanford GSB faculty, engage in stimulating class-wide discussions, watch thought provoking video lectures, partake in interactive small team projects, and receive personalized feedback. This professional development program offers a customizable path to more effective leadership through our distinctive online learning model.

One year and eight courses later, you’ll receive a Stanford GSB certificate in the Personal Leadership program that demonstrates your skills, determination, and ability to lead with purpose and impact.

Key Benefits

Spend a year, gaining new skills and strategies, and immediately apply what you learn to become a more effective leader in your organization.

Over the course of this program, you will:

  • Leverage a 360-assessment tool to gather constructive feedback regarding your leadership style and outline a meaningful action plan.
  • Apply foundational research in values-based leadership to increase your awareness of your ability to lead your team and organization.
  • Learn to consider the context, social structures, and networks that you need to understand and negotiate in order to be an effective leader.
  • Explore the principles of effective leadership and learn critical leadership skills through a combination of research-based frameworks, experiential activities, and constructive feedback from faculty, coaches, and peers.
  • Develop your skills and personal leadership style while working. Immediately apply what you learn, receive feedback, iterate, and share results.
  • Collaborate and connect with a global cohort of peers who bring diverse insights, experiences, and perspectives to enrich the learning community.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced leaders from large and small companies who are intent on mastering the foundations of leadership
  • Individuals whose success and impact depends on effective interactions with others in their organizations
  • Professionals who are motivated to sincerely assess and work to improve their personal leadership skills to become more effective leaders

Spring Session|13 Mar 2019 – 03 Mar 2020



Program Schedule

This eight-course program is designed to be completed in one year, with a load of two courses per quarter.


06 Feb 2019

Program Fee

US $19,000

The program fee includes tuition, access to course platforms, and all course materials.


Stanford GSB certificate and 24 continuing education units (CEUs)


Marineh Lalikian
Director, Stanford LEAD
Executive Education
Video Introduction
byStanford Graduate School of Business
Hear Stanford GSB Professors Sarah Soule & Peter DeMarzo share excitement with Stanford LEAD participants about the new Personal Leadership certificate.

Learn More About the Program


Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Application Requirements

Review all eligibility requirements, and learn about the application process.

Participant Profile

Learn more about our past participants, and find out if the program is right for you.

Faculty Leadership

Peter M. DeMarzo
  • Director, Stanford LEAD: Corporate Innovation Certificate
  • Director, Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate
Sarah A. Soule
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Director, Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Co-Director, The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership
  • Co-Director, LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program
  • Director, Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate

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