Stanford Business Leadership Series

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Professionals who are committed to developing their leadership and business knowledge to position their organizations to navigate uncertainty and disruption
  • Engaged leaders who are invested in elevating their knowledge and organizational impact
  • Emerging leaders who want to up-level their career trajectory and master business essentials

About the course

Learn to build back better and lead with resilience in a five-part series, created and delivered by Stanford faculty.

Which strategies and technologies can help transform your business? What skills are required to rebuild your business so it’s stronger, more inclusive, and more sustainable? How can you become a more resilient leader? Today’s uncertainty is putting new demands on businesses and their leaders, requiring new skills, perspectives, and mindsets. The Stanford Business Leadership Series delivers, giving you unprecedented access to cutting-edge research and the latest thinking on leadership from world-renowned Stanford GSB faculty.

Over the course of five one-week modules, you’ll be taught by over 30 faculty members on today’s most relevant topics. Regardless of where you are in your career, the Stanford Business Leadership Series will give you the essential business insights you need to survive and thrive in these turbulent times.

Ready to Learn?

You can subscribe to the full five-part series and earn a certificate of participation. Interested in specific topics? Stanford gives you the flexibility to register by the module, too. You can attend the live online faculty sessions and participate in Q&A or view recorded sessions at your convenience. And to make learning stress-free, there’s no application, class prep, homework, or tests to worry about.


Module 1: The Global Context of Business

Draw upon Stanford’s latest global research and findings to lead your organization during this period of rapid change, understand the major trends and institutions shaping the global economy and the future of international management, and think strategically about global business issues, including economic and financial structures, regulatory systems, and cultural and social conditions.

Module 2: How to Build a Winning Business

Develop effective frameworks for changing your organization’s strategic shortcomings into opportunities, identify factors that drive or inhibit growth, and focus on leadership skills and management systems needed to operate businesses more efficiently, and understand a leader’s role and responsibilities in various aspects of building a winning organization, from aligning your internal strategy to tackling the M&A process.

Module 3: Building Back Better: Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations

Rebound from organizational challenges to build back in a more sustainable and inclusive way, identify actions to take for applying concepts and strategies to advance equitable and inclusive workplaces, and adapt and communicate your organizational strategies to address urgent global and social challenges.

Module 4: Machine Learning & AI: What Every Leader Needs to Know

Understand how machine learning and AI technologies, current uses, and strategic applications impact your own organization, strategize on how to thoughtfully harness machine learning, weighing the ethical, legal, workforce, and social implications, and explore the power and potential of this transformative technology and what it means for you as a leader and innovator.

Module 5: Communication, Influence, and Networks

Learn techniques to present your message in a confident, concise, and compelling manner so that it resonates with your audience, link persuasion science and research to contemporary lessons to help shape people’s thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors through strategic communications, and understand social hierarchy — including power, status, and leadership — and how you can effectively utilize your social network to benefit your career.

Key Benefits

  • Gain access to the latest thinking on leadership by Stanford faculty.
  • Let Stanford fit your schedule. Attend live sessions online and participate in Q&A, or view recorded sessions at your convenience.
  • Flexible cost structure and format allow you to register for an individual module or a five-module all-access pass.
  • All-access participants receive a Stanford digital certificate upon completion of the offering.


William Barnett

Research Statement William Barnett studies competition among organizations and how organizations and industries evolve globally. He is conducting a large-scale project that seeks to explain why and how some firms grow rapidly in globalizing markets. His prior research includes studies of how stra...

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