Transform knowledge into impact and drive innovation and change in your organization with Stanford LEAD, our flagship online business program.

Stanford LEAD helps you discover your purpose and maximize your potential to meet the demands of today’s dynamic world. Taught by the same world-renowned Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty who teach in our MBA program, this year-long experiential learning journey is highly flexible, customizable, and actionable. Emerge with the fundamental business skills and innovation mindset needed to successfully navigate and implement real change.

LEAD is more than a program; it’s a community. Collaborate with a diverse, accomplished, and energized cohort of peers. Join clubs to connect with other LEADers with shared goals and interests and participate in extended learning opportunities beyond your coursework to get even more out of the program. After the program ends, stay connected with the entire LEAD community — thousands of past participants who are ready to learn, engage, accelerate, and disrupt their organizations, industries, and the world.

Key Benefits

Acquire new tools to accelerate change, gain the confidence to take bold risks, and advance yourself, your team, and your organization.

  • Experience Stanford GSB’s innovative and academically-rigorous curriculum, designed for a flexible and high-touch online learning experience.
  • Apply proven frameworks and effective leadership strategies to drive innovation and enhance your personal and professional impact.
  • Tackle your own real-world obstacles and opportunities by integrating course concepts with daily business and leadership challenges. 
  • Expand your perspectives, broaden your understanding of course concepts, and exchange ideas with an incredibly diverse and global cohort of peers.
  • Get personalized, actionable feedback from Stanford GSB faculty, course facilitators, and peers to achieve your learning objectives.
  • Gain access to the Stanford GSB community with exclusive invitations to guest speakers and special events.

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid- to senior-level professionals who are committed to implementing creative strategies and practices to position their organizations at the forefront of innovation
  • Engaged leaders who are committed to developing their management skills and approaches to optimize team performance
  • Enterprising professionals who wish to collaborate with other self-motivated individuals and value an exchange of diverse perspectives, to drive change
  • Emerging leaders who want to up-level their career trajectory and master the foundations of impactful leadership
July 30, 2024

Tune in to hear about the Stanford LEAD online business program straight from our past participants. Our discussion will feature 3 past participants and include a live Q&A.

11 Sep 2024 – 10 Sep 2025

Online | US $19,200 (4 quarterly installments of $4,800)


07 Aug 2024

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged.

The program fee includes tuition, access to course platforms, and all required course materials. Explore our payment options and tuition funding strategies.

Awarded Upon completion

Stanford GSB Professional Certificate and continuing education units


Marineh Lalikian
Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program Executive Education
Program Overview

Program Overview

Faculty director Peter DeMarzo gives an overview of the Stanford LEAD online business program and what makes it unique from other online learning opportunities.

Learn More About the Program

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

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

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

Hear from Stanford LEAD participants about how the program has propelled them further in their career and extended their impact.

Faculty Leadership

Peter M. DeMarzo
The John G. McDonald Professor of Finance
Sarah A. Soule
The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Associated program Topics