participants in the Stanford LEAD Program

Stanford LEAD Courses

Prepare to up-level, personally and professionally with LEAD.

In the foundation courses, you will master the core competencies of leadership and learn how to make strategic and viable decisions to drive the right initiatives forward and accelerate impact in your organization. You will fine-tune your knowledge base with five elective courses that can be customized to suit your personal learning journey.

Foundation Courses (Required)

the five competencies of leadership

Select one of two Leadership Immersion courses to develop your leadership competencies, articulate your values, and make decisions that align with those values.

Critical Analytical Thinking

Develop and hone skills necessary to analyze complex problems, formulate well-reasoned arguments, and consider alternative points of view.

Financing Innovation

Learn the key techniques of financial valuation and capital budgeting used by major corporations that will help ensure your ideas get the attention ─ and funding ─ they deserve.

Strategic Leadership

Learn to think strategically: how to identify opportunities and challenges, how to develop a viable course of action, how to formulate a strategy, and how to execute strategy so that their employees are guided and motivated to achieve success.

Elective Courses (Choose 5)


You’ll foster your skills in diagnosing problems with organizational dynamics and your ability to develop and use power to get things done.

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Learn the process of structuring business models, address the core elements of a business model, and practice the design of innovative business models for new and established companies from multiple industries.

Communicating with Impact

Become a more savvy communicator — a leader who can get things done. Throughout this course, participants will sharpen their communication skills through experiential activities, role plays, and practical lessons they can apply immediately.

crisis management

Dig deep into crisis and develop the tools and a framework to manage crises effectively. You’ll also examine the nature of crisis, where they come from, how they evolve, and what we can do about them.

Decision Making

Learn tools and frameworks to help guide your decision making so that you can make (or become more likely to make) good decisions when faced with different types of decisions.

Designing Disruption

‘Disruption’ is a widely used and frequently misunderstood term. Understanding it better can help you think about your organization or team’s strategy whether you’re trying to disrupt, avoid being disrupted, or simply scanning the horizon for new trends in your industry.

Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation

Learn a framework for thinking about the organizational ecosystem, and how you can use a human-centered design process to effectively diagnose the causes of very common organizational problems (e.g., lack of coordination and trust between units, shortage of time for creative thinking, and loss of top talent).

Diverse by Design

Explore the barriers and potential solutions to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce using a combination of pedagogical tools, such as role simulations, participant-organizational observations and explorations, and case analyses.

Leadership Agility

Gain an understanding of what drives others to act and learn how to effortlessly engage others in meaningful and enjoyable interactions. You will additionally practice techniques designed to maximize your creativity and problem solving.

Leading Effective Teams

Investigate some of the common pitfalls teams experience as well as strategies for avoiding and overcoming these problems in order to achieve team synergy.

Motivating Employees

Gain the tools necessary to analyze what motivates your employees and the strategies to use in motivating them to do their best work.


Gain insight into the psychology of persuasion in order to have an influence in virtually any environment — at home, at work, in a sales pitch, or in the marketplace.


Marineh Lalikian
Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program Executive Education