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Executive Master in Positive Leadership, Strategy & Transformation

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About the course

Positive Psychology is the science of human performance focusing on identifying the factors that drive greatness and developing methods to train people and teams to perform at their best. When applied to the functional areas of management such as marketing, strategy, finance, organization, and information technology, Positive Leadership becomes a powerful catalyst allowing already successful executives to rethink business issues with a behavior-focused mindset and to develop constructive, sustainable solutions to address the most pressing challenges.

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The Situation

The financial crisis has destroyed values and institutions long believed to be unshakeable. Business challenges have escalated in lockstep with economic difficulties, and the road ahead for organizations is now more uncertain and more unpredictable than ever before. In the midst of constant change and high volatility, senior managers and business leaders are struggling to understand how can they better lead their business units or their entire organizations forward to new possibilities for crafting innovative and financially sound solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.

The Challenge

While business challenges persist, the paradigm for developing managers and leaders has remained the same. The current model of management was designed around making processes efficient, not people. Yet research shows that human performance is what drives the bottom line, and that an organization’s processes must be designed around its people. Unfortunately, for too many companies this is not the case. Interviews with executives and organizational studies continually reveal that employees are not highly engaged, not fully productive, and both individuals and teams are not realizing their full potential.

The Way Forward

The Executive Master in Positive Leadership, Strategy and Transformation is a fundamentally new approach to training the next generation of leaders. The program draws on the science of positive psychology and strengths to give participants a set of tools they can use to become extraordinary leaders, and to transform the people, processes and functions of the organizations in which they work. The program is designed to help participants develop the mindsets required not only to manage, but to thrive as leaders in a business environment marked by intense workplace pressure, unrelenting change, and escalating competition. THE PROGRAM

Positive leadership is positive psychology applied to the human challenges of the workplace.

The Executive Master in Positive Leadership, Strategy and Transformation is a groundbreaking program designed for experienced executives interested in achieving outstanding business results via the proven, hands-on methods of positive leadership.

By gaining a deep understanding of the hard science of positive psychology and human behavior, participants learn how to optimize overall strategy and business functions, architect new work processes, and design organizational structures to achieve optimal performance in themselves and the people they lead.

The program is based on a fundamentally new approach that draws on the science of positive psychology and strengths to give participants a set of tools they can use to become extraordinary leaders, and to transform the people, processes and functions of the organizations in which they work. It is designed to help them develop the mindsets required not only to manage, but to thrive as leaders in a business environment marked by intense workplace pressure, unrelenting change, and escalating competition.

The program is comprised of five non-consecutive, 6-day training modules, given once per business quarter in IE’s Madrid Campus. These modules are intense, transformative, and conclude with action plans that participants take back to work.

To lead this transformational experience in the classroom, the program brings together world-class faculty able to apply positive psychology to the challenges of leadership and business performance. They are not only the established leaders in their areas of specialization, but are also integrally involved in the emerging science of positive psychology.

PART-TIME PROGRAM

IE’s part-time format allows you to continue advancing in your career while you study. With our flexible format, you can balance your classes and academic activities with your professional and personal life in an innovative and international environment. You’ll learn using IE’s Online Campus, a platform for everything from lectures to videoconferences, discussion forums, and chats with your classmates and group members. Connect anytime, from anywhere in the world, and tailor your schedule to your busy life. Combined with several face-to-face periods in our Madrid campus, this format is an accurate reflection of how modern global companies operate today.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

DEVELOPMENT & TRANSFORMATION:

  • Positive Personal Development & Transformation
  • Positivity in Life & Work
  • Behavioral Fitness & Decision Making
  • MBSAT
  • Embodied Leadership

LEADERSHIP & INTERACTION:

  • Leadership & Interaction
  • Positive Inquiry, Change and Transformation
  • Positive -Teambuilding & Coaching
  • MBSAT
  • Positive Health

POSITIVE EXPERIENCE DESIGN:

  • Positive Experience Design
  • Positive Design: Organizations, Services & Products
  • Positive Conflict Resolution & Negotiation
  • MBSAT
  • Positive Labor Economics

STRATEGY & APPLICATIONS:

  • Positive Strategy & Applications
  • Behavioral Business Strategy
  • Applications of Behavioral Business Strategy / The SOPA Approach
  • MBSAT
  • Embodied Leadership

LEARNING PROJECT:

  • Experiential Service Learning Project

Who should attend

Participants in the program are senior managers and leaders of units, functions or organizations. They have reached their current positions through a combination of hard work, demonstrated business expertise, and leadership abilities learned on the job. They are busy executives who know that investing 6 days each business quarter in training will not be easy, but they realize that investing in leadership training is what will determine the next stages of their careers.

Senior corporate managers, unit directors and vice presidents from any business function, looking to augment their leadership abilities and to learn new methods for moving their organizations forward toward sustainable, outstanding results. C-level executives, entrepreneurs and owners in mid-sized companies seeking ways to architect and transform their organizations to establish the kind of positive, performance-oriented culture required to maintain and ensure the future success of their businesses. Development professionals, consultants, public sector leaders and other decision makers who want to bring the methods and results of positive leadership to their clients, institutions, and stakeholders.

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