Future Leaders

IMD Executive Education

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  • 10 days
  • blended

IMD Executive Education


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Who should attend

  • You are a functional expert, or manager of a function or project
  • You have between 5 and 10 years of professional experience

Your class is carefully selected to ensure a truly diverse group of global peers. Your Future Leaders class will become a trusted resource and network as you move ever upwards through your career.

About the course

  • Enhance your leadership skills - self-awareness, team building, conflict management, and resilience
  • Build your business acumen - the fundamentals of management, grounded in today’s complex realities.
  • Create sustainable impact - tangible value for your career, your team, organization through your in-company project
  • Join IMD’s exclusive Alumni network and a community of peers, mentors and coaches
  • Fast-track your progress towards IMD's Executive MBA (EMBA) and go straight to step 2

Accelerate your career with IMD’s Building on Talent management and leadership program

The Future Leaders program, formerly Building on Talent, is an immersive experience designed for you, an emerging leader, to harness your full, professional potential and accelerate your career.

The program ensures that emerging leaders have what they need to succeed in senior or general management roles by developing the skills required to lead themselves and others, and to lead the business. You will be equipped with the business acumen, leadership skills, and mindset to navigate today's global challenges and excel in tomorrow's uncertain, business world. You will become a leader who imagines a sustainable future and sees opportunities to bring diverse individuals together to create and deliver value.

As an emerging leader with around 5 to 10 years of professional experience, the Future Leaders program, formerly Building on Talent, will help you make your mark on your career, your team and your organization.

Your learning journey

Step 1 - Set up for success

In this first step, we kick-off the program together to ensure that you get the best value for yourself and your organization. During these liVe sessions, you will meet the other participants, form home learning groups and launch your mentoring program. You will work with business leaders to bring external insights and expertise from many industries into your own organization through the mentoring program. Additionally, you dive into an exploration of today's complex business challenges and what these mean for you as an emerging leader going forward.

Step 2 - Master business fundamentals

During this online component, you will master the core business fundamentals and deep-dive into the key building blocks of business: leadership, strategy, business finance, marketing and complex problem solving. This component of the program is designed to build and strengthen your business acumen to enable you to lead confidently within cross-functional, management roles. Over this period, you will also work on your in-company business project, as well as work in short, applied team projects. You will engage regularly with your mentor, coach and leadership group.

Step 3 - Lead tomorrow's challenge

In this module, you will join us on campus to consolidate your learning and experience. Through an immersive integration, you will practice and expand on foundational topics covered in module 2. You will deepen your knowledge by applying these concepts to increasingly relevant business challenges including digital transformation, high-paced innovation, and business sustainability.

During this time, you will also continue to work on your in-company challenge so you can make the connection between theory and practice to bring real value to your organization. Through a leadership lab in the mountains, you will further enhance and refine your leadership skills, discover your individual purpose and experiment with new ways of being and relating to others.

Step 4 - Move into your new future

In this final step, you will present and get feedback on the progress you have made on your in-company business project from both your peers and key stakeholders witin your organization. You and your class will celebrate your success and commit to future action.


John W. Walsh

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Salvatore Cantale

Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance at IMD. His major research and consulting interests are in value creation, valuation, and the way in which corporations structure liabilities and choose financing options. Additionally, he is interested in the relation between finance and leadership, and ...

Arturo Bris

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. Since January 2014 he is also leading the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. At IMD he directed the from 2009-2014. He has directed programs for senior executives in several industries and continents. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Bris ...

Michael R. Wade

Michael R. Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative. Professor Wade has published works on a variety of topics, incl...

Benoit Leleux

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program (2006-2008) and director of Research and Development (2004-2008). He is currently the co-Director of Foundations for Business Leadership (...

Carlos Cordon

Professor Cordon’s areas of interest are digital value chains, supply and demand chain management, digital lean and process management. Carlos Cordon is currently developing research and cases in the following areas: the digital journey of traditional companies, digital innovation in value cha...

William Fischer

William A. Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for Forbes.com entitled “The Ideas Business,” (http://blogs....

Stéphane J. G. Girod

Stéphane J.G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation at IMD. His research, teaching and consulting interests focus on agility transformation, at the strategy, organizational and leadership levels in response to digital, globalization and other forms of disruption. He is Pro...

Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes is a Professor of Strategy and International Management at IMD. His research interests are related to both strategy and sustainability. In the area of strategy he focuses on strategy styles, the exploration versus exploitation tradeoff and business models. In sustainability he exami...

Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD. Professor Jordan's teaching, research, and consulting focus on the areas of corporate and individual ethics, power, leadership, and negotiation. Professor Jordan has received specialized t...

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