IMD Executive Education

Cultivating Leadership Energy Through Awareness and Reflection

Available dates

Nov 9—Jun 19, 2020
20 daysModules info
Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 45000 ≈USD 45433
CHF 2250 per day


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About the course

Become a better version of you - transformative leadership

Unleash your leadership energy. Deepen your impact on business and society

As a leader, you may know how to be effective in theory, but it is all too easy in a pressurized environment to slip into habitual, less helpful behaviors that quickly drain your energy. It is different knowing what you need to do and actually doing it. This is the knowing-doing gap.

CLEAR is an exclusive, intensive and inspirational program for senior executives. Focusing on Cultivating Leadership Energy through Awareness and Reflection, this 10-month transformative journey helps you realize your full potential and become a better version of yourself as a leader.

It accelerates your ability to unleash energy and engagement across all levels of your organization so you can enhance business results and deepen your impact on society.

  • Bridge the knowing-doing gap with a multi-level, integrated and holistic approach

  • Work with a personal coach during your whole journey to facilitate and accelerate your learning

  • Get a global perspective by connecting with a truly international peer group

  • Experience lasting results. Cultivate your leadership energy over 10 months to ensure you engage in truly transformative change

Bridge the gap between knowing and doing

While as a leader, you may know what is required of you and how to be effective in theory, it is all too easy in a pressurized environment to slip into habitual, less helpful behaviors that quickly drain your energy and de-authorize your leadership.

This gap between knowing and doing is what CLEAR aims to bridge. This new program gives you the time and space to become aware of what really matters for your organization, your team and yourself in all aspects of your life.

Achievable results

  • Develop your self-awareness and capacity for reflection to enable you to renew and regenerate
  • Close the knowing-doing gap, identify and develop new capabilities through regular practice and feedback
  • Become highly impactful and influential in your organization and your personal life
  • Build and connect with a global community of like-minded peers
  • Be clear on the personal and professional legacy you want to establish

Enjoy multi-faceted, integrated leadership development

Whereas other leadership programs may only focus on one of the leadership dimensions such as, enhancing personal leadership or improving your ability to lead teams, a distinctive benefit of CLEAR is that it develops all four dimensions of your leadership in an integrated way – personal, team, organization and also positions your leadership in the broader context of society.

CLEAR will show you how to drive performance and enable real change by cultivating your leadership energy and learning to direct it for personal and organizational good. You will develop your competitive edge by discovering how to tap into, develop and direct the energy of those around you.

Program structure

A 10-month transformative journey

Prior to your arrival, you will undertake extensive preparation, including several assessments and data collection from the people who matter most in your life.

During residential modules, IMD faculty and coaches will enable your learning using a variety of methods including case discussions, simulations, outdoor exercises and role plays. Each day, time will be set aside for reflection and rejuvenation. And each module will conclude with a detailed development plan to facilitate your transition back to the “real world.”

Between modules, you will be introduced to additional learning material and engage in regular follow-up conversations with your coach and colleagues to ensure that you do not revert to unhelpful habits and behaviors.

After graduation, you will be invited to join the CLEAR alumni group and connect with other graduates who meet on an annual basis to broaden their learnings and have frank, confidential exchanges.

You also join IMD’s exclusive alumni network, connecting you with top senior leaders worldwide.

Who should attend

This program is ideal if you are a senior executive operating at or near the top of your organization. You are already successful, but you know that what got you here will not necessarily get you there.

You may be CEO, managing director or executive vice president in a large or medium-sized corporation. Alternatively you may be a senior partner in a professional firm, senior executive in a not-for-profit or public organization, entrepreneur, owner of large family business or a board member.

Trust the experts

Shlomo Ben Hur

Shlomo Ben-Hur is an organizational psychologist and a professor of leadership and organizational behavior with 25 years of corporate experience in senior executive positions in multinational organizations. Professor Ben-Hur's research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the psyc...


Susan Goldsworthy

Susan Goldsworthy is Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. A former Olympic finalist, Susan has 23 years of corporate experience in large multinationals, where she held senior management positions. She has also run her own successful business in leadership developmen...


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