Step 1 - Strengthen your leadership skills
6 weeks of flexible, online learning plus professional executive coaching

Finding your own leadership voice, identifying how you as an individual can work better with and through others to build personal and team success is a key component of the program. We help you become a better business partner for your organization and find your own unique path to do so.

You combine work and study on this first step of your learning journey, working remotely 4 to 6 hours per week through IMD's state-of-the-art online learning platform. Your learning is highly interactive as you engage with your personal leadership coach, guided by Professor Jennifer Jordan, and interact with your peers at regular intervals.

At this step, you also begin to prepare your personal development and business plans which will guide your learning for the program and typically cover a key, current business challenge that you face, a direction you’d like to take, a business trend that inspires you, or in the case that you are aspiring to lead an entrepreneurial venture, an entirely new business you wish to launch.

Step 2 - Strengthen your business acumen
2 weeks of on-campus engagement with world-class faculty

During the second step of the program, you spend 2 weeks at the IMD campus deepening your knowledge of the core business fundamentals. You deep-dive into the 4 pillars of business: finance, marketing & sales, operations and strategy in the context of increasingly relevant business challenges including digital transformation, high-paced innovation, and business sustainability.

Throughout these two weeks, you will be guided by Program Director Salvatore Cantale and interact with IMD's world-class faculty of professors. You will participate in a variety of live learning and business simulation exercises and connect with your fellow participants to work together on mastering business criticals, developing your leadership skills and further refining the plans you started in step 1.

Between the two weeks, you take part in a weekend-long workshop where you experiment with different leadership styles. This is your chance to apply your new leadership knowledge.

Step 3 - Embed your learning back at work
6 weeks back at work, supported by your professional coach

Your final learning step in this career acceleration program is to create a lasting impact for you and your company. At this stage you finalize and implement your personal development and business plans for the long-term, the main emphasis is your personal leadership development. 

Throughout your return-to-work module, you will be guided by a professional learning coach who will help you refine your plans. You will have regular scheduled calls with your coach who will guide you and ensure that you keep on track with your plans. This step ensures that you:


  • Enhance your business leadership skills and/or work on a new developmental area
  • Integrate your learning on business fundamentals and leadership
  • Address key issues for you and your organization
  • Strengthen your professional presence in your organization and make an impact
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Building on Talent can be the first step for your EMBA

Thinking of a degree in the long-term? Completing this program earns you credits for the first module of IMD's Executive MBA program.

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