Stanford Lead Online Business Program

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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  • 12 months
  • online

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Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Mid- to senior-level professionals who are committed to implementing creative strategies and practices to position their organizations at the forefront of innovation.
  • Engaged leaders who are committed to developing their management skills and approaches to optimize team performance.
  • Enterprising professionals who wish to collaborate with other self-motivated individuals and value an exchange of diverse perspectives, to drive change.
  • Emerging leaders who want to up-level their career trajectory and master the foundations of impactful leadership.

About the course

Transform knowledge into impact and drive innovation in your organization with Stanford LEAD, our flagship online business program.

LEAD leverages Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty and curriculum to provide you with the tools and techniques to become a more effective change maker and leader. Join a vibrant community of change makers in this program prepared to learn, engage, accelerate, and disrupt their organizations, industries, and the world. Discover your purpose and maximize your potential with LEAD.

Key Benefits

This online business program empowers you to take bold risks, gain tools to accelerate change, and advance yourself, your team, and your organization.

  • The strength of Stanford GSB in a flexible format.
  • The advantage of our Stanford GSB research-based and academically rigorous curriculum, designed and adapted for a dynamic online learning experience.
  • A global cohort of accomplished peers with diverse perspectives and life experiences — who offer a meaningful exchange of knowledge and supportive community.
  • An immersive interactive suite of virtual learning platforms that mirrors a classroom experience. Present your work, participate in small group discussions, and raise your hand — all virtually.
  • Direct, real time engagement with and personalized, actionable, feedback from Stanford GSB faculty, course facilitators and a community of peers.


Our uniquely designed Stanford LEAD program curriculum infuses research-based methods with social and experiential learning to catapult you into an immersive learning experience that challenges you to maximize your growth and potential.

The Learning Model

The full strength of Stanford Graduate School of Business is behind the design and development of the LEAD program curriculum, bridging research-based curriculum with real-time practical application. Our flexible path to learning blends academically rigorous coursework with a customized approach to course selection — to help each of our leaders reach their goals. The LEAD program curriculum and course projects will inspire dynamic collaboration with your peers, which will enrich the material and provide perspective across industries, specializations, and global cultures. Actionable feedback from course facilitators will challenge you to apply leadership and business frameworks to optimize your daily operations and see immediate, high-impact results.

Design Your Learning Journey

Stanford LEAD develops effective leaders who embody five core leadership competencies: critical analysis, self-awareness, interpersonal acumen, situational awareness, and holistic communication. These leaders are able to successfully address and navigate the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in fostering and implementing change within their organizations.

Master the Foundations: The LEAD program curriculum begins with a core series of four foundation courses. Through proven frameworks and techniques, these courses will set you up with the right foundations of leadership for strategic, financially viable, and logical decision making to drive the right initiatives forward in your organization, successfully.

Define Your Own Path: Develop your skillset with five elective courses of your choosing — courses that target your professional objectives, fill gaps in knowledge and expertise, and enable you to turn your learnings into action for real-time impact.

Earn Your Stanford GSB Professional Certificate and Stay Connected

Due to our high-touch support model and selective admission process, Stanford LEAD is proud to report an average completion rate of 95%.

Upon program completion, you will receive a Stanford GSB Professional Certificate in two formats:

  • A certified electronic version that may be posted on your social networks
  • A printed version for display

Additionally, you will receive CEUs, which may be used in meeting professional recertification requirements or to qualify for professional development or tuition reimbursement programs.

You will also have the opportunity to stay connected with the LEAD community for lifelong learning through exclusive invitations to speaker sessions and special events, as well as self-organized local and global events.


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...

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...

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 ...

Hayagreeva Rao

Research Statement Professor Rao studies collective action within organizations and in markets. His research and by implication, his teaching, revolves around scaling up mobilization, innovation, and talent in organizations. Teaching Statement Professor Rao teaches courses on Scaling up Excellenc...

Ken Shotts

Research Statement Professor Shotts uses game theory to analyze how elections and political institutions influence policy choices made by government officials. He has published papers on presidential leadership, racial redistricting, term limits, and the politics of regulatory enforcement. He is ...

Sarah Soule

Research Statement Sarah A. Soule's research examines state and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She has recently published papers on how protest impacts multi-national firm-level decisions regarding divestment in Burma, and ...

Stefanos Zenios

Bio Stefanos Zenios is the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology. He is also the faculty codirector of Stanford GSB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. An innovative teacher and researcher, Zenios is the main arc...

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