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As a functional manager, you've already successfully overcome the first difficult transition in your career - going from being an individual contributor to managing a team. But are you prepared for the second difficult transition of stepping into a business leadership position, where you move out of your area of expertise to manage multiple functions, or a number of countries, or a number of businesses?

Overnight the level of complexity you face will dramatically increase. As an emerging global leader, you'll need to navigate increasing complexity and engage a wider scope of stakeholders to make positive change happen in your organization.

You'll need to go from providing answers to extracting answers from others. You'll go from benchmarking others doing similar activities to extrapolating principles that you can apply from activities, companies, countries and even industries far from your comfort zone.

In addition to being the second-most difficult, this career transition is also the gateway to senior global leadership responsibilities. If you don't excel at making the step to business leader, you may not be offered the chance to move into executive positions.

IMD excels at leadership development. I chose PED because I wanted to develop as a leader and needed new "tools" and insights to succeed at the next level. The IMD way is different. The combination of face-to-face training with experts, quality coaching and peer feedback transforms you from a high technical performer to a people leader. This is the step you need to take to be a successful leader today. James H. Miners Start-up Coach | Commission for Technology & Innovation | Swiss Confederation | Switzerland
I discovered an excellent, high quality learning environment, Faculty and content. This Program for Executive Development is a key building block for my development as a leader. Chandra Kumar President, Ice Cream | Nestlé | Canada
I strongly recommend you join IMD's Program for Executive Development if you are interested in entering a new level of awareness, learning how to stand and deliver and how to create a vision for your people. Matteo Casagrande Factory Manager and Member of The Board | I.L.M.E. SPA | Italy
IMD's PED program has really delivered on my high expectations, transforming me from a functional manager to a true business leader of cross-functional teams. It has calibrated my leadership compass and boosted my impact as a business leader. The quality of Faculty teaching is extremely high as are the motivation and synergy of the peer participants. Thomas Flarup Senior Vice President, Solution Sales | TDC Business | Denmark
IMD's PED program will help you make a smooth transition from a 'specialist' to a 'generalist' role by unlocking innovative and courageous business leadership approaches in sync with times and business needs. Completing the diploma through exams after each part of the program, helps you assess and consolidate what you have learned. Rahul Vashistha Executive Officer - Group Head | Procurement Group | Nestlé Japan Ltd | Japan

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