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Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate


The LEAD Personal Leadership curriculum: Eight rigorous courses. 250-plus hours of engagement. One year of profound virtual, social, and global learning.

Start With the Fundamentals

The LEAD Personal Leadership curriculum begins with two foundation courses. Through proven frameworks, innovative tools, and expert insights, these courses will enhance your self-awareness and guide you towards identifying the electives that will help you reach your goals.

  • Foundations of Leadership gives you insights into the principles of effective leadership and how others perceive your leadership style. You will use Stanford’s proprietary 360° feedback tool, a proven management evaluation tool, through which you gather constructive feedback, to develop an action plan with a coach, based on your results and personal goals.
  • Values-Based Leadership teaches you how to lead with your values and how to respect the values of others on your team and in your organization.

Customize Your Personal Leadership Curriculum Path With Electives

After completing the foundation courses, you will select six electives from a range of leadership competencies, including communication, decision making, team and culture management, and building and exerting power, to personalize your learning journey. Combined with the newfound understanding of your leadership values, strengths, and needs, these courses will enable you to focus on the leadership development areas necessary to become the leader you aspire to be in the long term.

What to Expect

Stanford LEAD has a unique, collaborative, and experiential design that requires active participation, such as watching exclusive course videos, reading case studies, participating in interactive speaker sessions, and collaborating on small team projects. Through these connection-driven activities, you will be able to apply course concepts immediately, share learnings, and receive feedback from faculty and your cohort of peers.

The Personal Leadership curriculum is rigorous. Expect to spend an average of three to five hours per week per course. While the eight-course curriculum is designed to be completed in one year, you may have up to 24 months to complete the program.

Earn Your Certificate

Upon program completion, you will receive a Stanford GSB certificate in two formats: a Certified Electronic version that may be posted on your social networks or shared with your employer and a frameable version. Additionally, you will receive 24 CEUs, which can be helpful in meeting professional recertification requirements or to qualify for professional development or tuition reimbursement programs.

Thanks to our high-touch support model and selective admissions process, Stanford LEAD has experienced an average completion rate of 95% for each enrolled class.