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Harvard Business School

Leadership for Senior Executives

Mar 30—Apr 3, 2020
5 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 12500
USD 2500 per day

How it works


As your business responsibilities grow, your leadership and management challenges become more complex. This executive leadership program prepares you to lead effectively in times of economic uncertainty, navigate an ever-changing global economy, and build a culture of leadership and ownership across the enterprise. You will return to your company ready to lead change with greater vision and confidence—and inspire others to help drive organizational performance.

Key Benefits

Focused on the best practices of extraordinary leaders, this program prepares you to succeed at the highest levels of your organization. By rethinking and refreshing your leadership approach, you will gain new insights into the impact that personal decisions have on organizational capability, execution, and innovation. You will emerge fully prepared to help your company secure a strategic advantage by delivering greater value to customers, employees, and shareholders.


Lead with vision and confidence

  • Align your leadership approach with your responsibilities, your organization, and your challenges
  • Apply ethical principles in solving your toughest challenges
  • Put your skills and competencies to work across the organization

Maximize the value of your organization's major asset: its people

  • Motivate people and inspire a higher level of performance
  • Mentor rising leaders to help them realize their potential
  • Improve collaboration among members of the senior management team
  • Foster a culture of leadership and ownership

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

What You Will Learn

Focused on senior leadership development, this rich learning experience includes faculty presentations, case studies, group workshops, self-assessments, and individual exercises. Exploring the latest research and proven leadership practices, the curriculum balances thought-provoking debate and analysis with structured opportunities for self-reflection and personal development. You will gain new insights into managing leadership teams, motivating a diverse workforce, and achieving your corporate agenda.

Key Areas

The customer-strategic perspective

  • Delivering value by consistently delighting customers, employees, and shareholders
  • Building ownership into your business strategy
  • Increasing your customer ownership quotient (OQ) by putting customers to work
  • Shaping an ownership culture

Managing teams effectively

  • Fostering a culture of leadership that enables more productive teams
  • Evaluating and increasing the effectiveness of your team
  • Getting the most value from individual differences
  • Making the shift from building productive teams of individual contributors to developing effective leadership teams

Leadership style and impact

  • Managing talent from a strategic perspective
  • Motivating a diverse workforce
  • Understanding how personal decisions affect organizational capability, execution, and innovation

Extraordinary leadership

  • Enabling people to value themselves, one another, and the organization
  • Promoting a sense of shared responsibility
  • Inspiring others to become leaders

Leading change

  • Enabling successful change by leveraging the human element
  • Aligning culture and strategy to propel change
  • Maintaining high levels of performance amidst change

Leadership in your life

  • Making decisions in difficult situations
  • Unpacking the inner workings of the decision-making process
  • Addressing moral and ethical challenges

Who should attend

  • Senior executives and executive team members with significant management responsibilities and at least 15 years of experience in large established organizations with at least $50 million in annual revenue
  • Particularly appropriate for: Chief operating officers, chief administrative officers, chief accounting officers, chief financial officers, senior vice presidents, general managers, senior human resource professionals, and divisional directors or leaders
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Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership. Hill is the co-author of Collective Genius: The A...
Tony Mayo is the Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Director of the HBS Leadership Initiative.  He currently teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior in the MBA Program.  Previously, he was...
Earl Sasser is a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School and has been a member of the faculty there since 1969. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University in 1965, an MBA from the University of North Carolina in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1969...


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