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Who should attend

Strategies for Leadership (SL) is for senior and upper-middle level female executives in business, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Program benefits

Develop your ability to lead more effectively and authentically:

  • Improve performance and lead more effectively
  • Prepare to take on top-level management roles and board positions
  • Build a network of colleagues to serve as mentors and role models


4 days with additional pre- and post-program support* included.

* If you wish to take advantage of additional coaching sessions on top of the standard post-program offer, this can be arranged (fees apply).


Program Sessions 2017
SL 1
June 06-09, 2017
SL 2
September 19-22, 2017
Program Sessions 2018
SL 1
May 22-25, 2018
SL 2
September 25-28, 2018

Fee 2017

CHF 9,900*

* One post-program coaching session is included in SL. Additional coaching sessions can also be arranged (fees apply).

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Strategies for Leadership is for senior and upper-middle level female executives in business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Participants generally have a minimum of 10 years' work experience and come from a wide range of industries, functional backgrounds and geographic regions.

At IMD, we have seen that women become passionate and empowered learners in this unique setting. By drawing on the experience of peers and building powerful international networks across organizations, participants also become strong mentors and role models for each other.

Testimonials of Past Participants

I was sceptical coming into the program. I've got an MBA from a top business school, I have read a lot on leadership, networking and human psychology. I did not expect to get much out of it, and I got a ton out of the sessions [.]. I would absolutely recommend this program to my friends and colleagues. Elena Frishberg Senior Manager Strategic Ecosystem Group | Cisco Systems | USA
IMD's Strategies for Leadership is the most useful program I have attended in the last 10 years. The quality was excellent. Thank you! Heidi Ungerer Head of Program and Chief Editor of Radio SRF 1 | SRF - Schweizer Radio and Fernsehen | Switzerland
Strategies for Leadership is a safe environment allowing honest questioning and honest feedback that helps you move around the corporate world with greater self-confidence and assertiveness. Nicole Voillat Director Bata Children's Program and Sustainability | Bata Brands SA | Switzerland
Strategies for Leadership is an inspirational program which puts your awareness of yourself, your world and your life into a more meaningful perspective. This in turn enables you to move forward as a more confident and stronger person. Lisa Jessup Managing Director, South & West Region | Fortis UK | United Kingdom
Strategies for Leadership is a truly eye-opening experience. The program uses some very innovative techniques I had never explored before. Lamis Al Hashimy Head of Investment Relations | Dubai Holding LLC | Dubai
Strategies for Leadership surpassed my expectations and gave me a heightened feeling of 'I can achieve my dreams.' The program provides maximum impact and the individual coaching sessions are a rare opportunity to further discover yourself. Bashirat Odunewu General Manager Finbank | First Inland Bank PLC | Nigeria

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Diversity brings better results
As a successful female executive, you have a business case for aspiring to greater leadership roles and for seeking to develop your career further. Research carried out with more than 3000 companies worldwide indicates clearly that companies with more women in the boardroom and in senior management roles bring better returns and outperform in the stock market.

While women have made considerable advances in middle management, the statistics remain deeply disheartening at top-management level. In 2015, only 4% of Fortune 500 chief executives were female.

Succeeding today as a female executive
IMD's Strategies for Leadership (SL) program has partnered with companies for more than ten years to address this imbalance, by equipping female executives for greater success in current and future assignments.

The program specifically focuses on improving skills that have emerged from research as being more in need of development among women than men:

  • Assertiveness, self-confidence and managing upwards
  • Visibility
  • Influencing others
  • Managing career transitions
  • Communicating vision and strategy
  • Networking and social media

SL is a transformational learning experience. You will increase your self-awareness and skills - and develop the ability to lead more effectively and authentically. We create a unique atmosphere where women can share and learn without being concerned about how they are perceived.

Get ready to seize new challenges:

  • Improve performance and lead more effectively
  • Prepare to take on top-level management roles and board positions
  • Build a network of colleagues to serve as mentors and role models
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You will be exposed to the latest cutting-edge research from our faculty. But the core of the learning is highly experiential and interactive. You will apply your new knowledge in simulation exercises which focus on typical female leadership challenges. And you will conduct peer-reviewing, and receive extensive group and one-on-one coaching.

Prior to the program, you are asked to reflect on your professional journey so far by writing a personal narrative.

After the program, you receive a personal coaching session to help consolidate the program's key learnings.

Program framework

Our Facutly

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

SL Program Director

Ginka Toegel German
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
PhD Leipzig University, PhD London Business School

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In this section, you will find important information on the program fee, application, invoicing, cancellation and transfer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program advisors.


The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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