Stanford Executive Program: be a Leader Who Matters

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Senior-level leaders at large companies who are inspired to innovate
  • Senior-level leaders at growth companies who are challenged to scale
  • Seasoned and influential executives who will use this opportunity to make an even greater difference in their career and their organizations’ future

About the course

Learn to drive change, inspire innovation, and instill excellence at this six-week executive program packed with learning and leadership skills.

Why do certain companies win and others fail? How can your leadership drive results that improve performance? What does disruption in the global economy mean for your organization?

Six weeks at the Stanford Executive Program will immerse you in new ways of thinking and new perspectives that will catapult your career and company to new heights. Strengthen business fundamentals, explore emerging trends, and transform them into actionable insights. Learn what it takes to innovate as an organization and how to scale excellence. Then return to work — energized and inspired — with a plan and the tools to drive success.

For over 60 years, global business leaders have come to the Stanford Executive Program to discover the innovative models and mindsets that are shaping the future of modern leadership and business. Engage and interact with more than 40 world-renowned Stanford GSB faculty members, Silicon Valley business leaders, Stanford University professors, and highly motivated, senior-level leaders.

The diversity and dynamism among the global leaders in your cohort will add a dimension to your SEP experience that will extend far beyond your six weeks on campus. You'll develop a worldwide network of relationships and earn Stanford GSB alumni status to expand your connections even further.

SEP offers a unique opportunity to reflect, reprioritize, and focus on the whole you — mind and body. Beyond the rigorous curriculum, we encourage you to take full advantage of Stanford’s athletic facilities, multiple exercise classes every day, yoga and meditation in the evenings, award-winning food, and enriching extracurricular activities … not to mention our amazing weather.

Key Benefits

Transform insights into impact with the latest thinking on organizational excellence and leadership.

  • Lead by design, with authenticity, power, and a deeper understanding of human behavior and your own leadership strengths.
  • Create and scale an organizational culture in which innovation and excellence thrive.
  • Turn financial, marketing, customer, and economic data into breakthrough insights that drive global success.
  • Return to work rejuvenated with strategic action plans and the leadership skills to effectively implement them.
  • Learn from others in the program, gain new perspectives, and collaborate with a global network of highly experienced and diverse change agents.
  • Hone your skills to act strategically and proactively, in order to navigate market and beyond-market forces.
  • Build your leadership impact and drive behavioral change with 26 hours of 1:1 coaching.
  • Network with fellow alumni through a lifetime membership in the Stanford GSB Alumni Association.


Get trained in the latest thinking on business excellence and modern leadership; then turn new insights into action.

From design thinking and big data to negotiation, financial engineering, and strategic management, you’ll experience the very best of the Stanford GSB — concentrated and customized to meet the needs and know-how of senior-level leaders like you.

Curriculum Highlights

Discover the latest thinking regarding business excellence and leadership — from design thinking and big data to negotiation, financial engineering, and strategic management. Then, put learning into action with weekly sessions designed to help you apply new insights to the specific challenges of your organization.


Gain mastery of fundamental business skills, explore cutting-edge ideas, and discover agile, innovative solutions to the challenges, demands, and opportunities faced by today’s leaders. The program’s six-week curriculum is highly integrated and designed to maximize linkages across three themes:

  • Leading people: Understand human behavior; develop models and mindsets for innovation
  • Leading organizations: Create systems; build a culture where excellence thrives and scales
  • Leading change: Strategically address market and beyond-market forces for competitive advantage

Turbo Sessions

Get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the latest GSB faculty research. During these interactive discussions, faculty members share and discuss the cutting-edge questions they’re exploring.

Learning-in-Action Sessions

These sessions at the end of each week are designed to maximize reflection and implementation. Together with senior faculty, you’ll review the key takeaways from the week and think about how to specifically apply them to your company, based on the unique challenges you face.


Francis Flynn

Research Statement Professor Flynn’s research focuses on three topics of interest: (1) How employees can develop healthy patterns of cooperation; (2) How the negative impact of racial and gender stereotyping in the workplace can be mitigated; and (3) How people can emerge as leaders and assume po...

Jesper Sørensen

Research Statement Jesper B. Sørensen specializes in the dynamics of organizational and strategic change, and their implications for individuals and their careers. His research on firm outcomes has focused on the impact of organizational structure and culture on organizational learning, performan...

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...

Anne Beyer

Research Statement Anne Beyer’s research interest is in the area of financial accounting with a focus on corporate disclosure, capital market prices, and corporate governance. Recent work has examined the properties of analyst and management earnings forecasts as well as investors’ reaction to di...

Steven Callander

Research Statement Steve Callander’s research interests lie at the intersection of business, politics, and society. As a researcher, he uses the tools of game theory to build models of political and economic institutions (legislatures, bureaucracies, markets, etc.) to understand how they work, ho...

Deborah Gruenfeld

Research Statement Deborah H Gruenfeld is a social psychologist whose research and teaching examine how people are transformed by the organizations and social structures in which they work. The author of numerous articles on the psychology of power, and on group behavior, Professor Gruenfeld has ...

Charles Jones

Research Statement Charles I. (Chad) Jones is an economist noted for his research on long-run economic growth. In particular, he has examined theoretically and empirically the fundamental sources of growth in incomes over time and the reasons underlying the enormous differences in standards of li...

Hau Lee

Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility. ...

Margaret Ann Neale

Research Statement Margaret Neale’s research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work has extended judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. In particular, she studies cognitive and social processes that produce departures ...

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Research Statement Jeffrey Pfeffer has published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His current research focuses on the relationship between time and money, power and leadership in organizations, economics language and assumptions and their effects on ...

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