Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
The program is ideal if you are an experienced manager who has recently transitioned or will soon transition into a business leadership/general management position. You have a minimum of 10 years of relevant management experience. Some of you already have country or multiple country responsibilities or are in charge of multiple functions. You are looking to boost your leadership capabilities and be able to lead organizational change. You must already have a reasonable knowledge of core business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, HR, and operations. This prerequisite functional knowledge can come from a variety of means such as experience, previous development programs or independent study.
About the course
- Assess your strengths and development priorities relative to leading a business
- Design business unit strategy, structure, systems and skills to deliver results
- Cultivate your executive presence and ability to communicate and inspire
- Be ready to lead change and organizational transformations more effectively
Become a highly effective general manager and business leader
Do you want to make the shift to business leadership? As a general manager, do you need more confidence and influence so you can make a positive impact at a personal and business level?
Transition to Business Leadership is designed to help you take the step up to enterprise leadership. TBL helps you make this move quickly and successfully through a unique combination of personal leadership development with coaching, strategy, execution and managing organizational change.
Completing Transition to Business Leadership is your 2nd step to IMD’s Program for Executive Development. Alternatively, you may also take TBL as a stand-alone program.
The four levels of business leadership
The Transition to Business Leadership (TBL) program consists of four, linked journeys that will powerfully develop your ability to create and sustain superior organizational performance. Integrated together, these provide you with the basis you need to excel as a transformational business leader, ready and able to lead your business into uncertain futures.
Build an anchored foundation of leadership presence that allows you to lead with power and humility.
Work “close in” to select, develop, direct and motivate individuals and teams.
Establish direction and shape the architecture and cultural context in which success happens.
Shape social discourse and governmental policy as a representative of your organization.
Throughout your TBL journey you receive intensive group and individual coaching, helping you understand and develop your leadership at all four levels.
Work on your organizational or team project
Deliver powerful impact for your organization
As a participant you will work on an organizational or team initiative, helping you accelerate change and deliver powerful impact for your business.
Examples of organizational challenges, recently accelerated at TBL
- Dealing with disruptive innovation
- Supporting business transformation from the HR perspective
- Developing a new sales strategy
- Building a new organizational structure
- Implementing major public-private infrastructure projects
Michael D. Watkins is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. He has spent the last two decades working with leaders – both corporate and public -- as they transition to new roles, transform their organizations, and craft their legacies. Dr. Watkins is author of the internation...
Albrecht Enders is Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Dean of Programs and Innovation at IMD. His major research, teaching and consulting interest is the reaction of companies to radical changes in their environment. Professor Enders has worked for clients such as ABB, Deloitte, Deutsche B...
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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