Lead your business. Prepare to be highly successful as a general manager
Program for Executive Development
Transforming managers into leaders

Your move to general management

Your move to general management brings you new levels of complexity. You must be able to lead multiple functions, even countries or businesses.  

The Program for Executive Development brings you the confidence and influence to successfully lead at a personal and business level. There are 2 stages:

  1. Get the business fundamentals, essential cross-functional skills, and learn how to integrate them into your business
  2. Focus on you as a leader of change 

Just 7 weeks on campus, plus coaching and distance learning support.

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Get up to speed with the concepts and capabilities you need to successfully transition to general management and business leadership

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Understand how to provide a guiding vision, to pull together various functions, businesses or country teams to create value

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Leverage the strengths of your different team members to create an integrated whole that is focused on winning

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Become a confident, fulfilled general manager and business leader

You and your class

You are an experienced manager who has recently transitioned or will soon transition into a business leadership/general management position. You are looking to boost your leadership capabilities and be able to manage organizational change.

Read more about admission criteria

The class you will join is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

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Avg. years of experience
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countries worldwide
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average age
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upper middle/ senior manager

IMD’s Program for Executive Development is a key building block for your development as a leader. I discovered an excellent, high-quality learning environment, excellent faculty and content.

Chandra Kumar

President Ice Cream, Nestlé  

More program details for the 2 stages
Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL)
Accelerating mastery of cross-functional capabilities

Provides experienced functional managers with the essential set of cross-functional skills and capabilities needed to move into business leadership positions

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Transition to Business Leadership (TBL)
Turning experienced managers into business leaders

A personalized learning journey that helps experienced managers shift to business leadership positions, and 2nd step to IMD's Program for Executive Development (PED).

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