Your virtual learning journey

A powerful, personal transformation in three stages.

Your virtual learning journey

A powerful, personal transformation in three stages.

IMD’s Transformational Leader program is a personalized transformation journey which unlocks the full potential of your leadership in three stages: mindful, resilient and adaptive.

Each stage drives rapid growth and development of a key leadership strength. The cumulative development of all three strengths creates a powerful and complete leadership journey, supercharging you with the awareness, resilience and versatility to deliver much greater impact and successfully lead change – whatever your challenge.

All Transformational Leader alumni have the possibility of taking part in an optional face-to-face session, which takes place in Guarda, in Switzerland’s Graubünden region. During this challenging next-step experience, you will dig even deeper into areas you explored during your learning journey. 

Stage 1 – Mindful

Lead in the moment

Every moment is unique. Becoming a more mindful leader means being aware and attentive in the moment so you can make smarter decisions and deliver highly impactful results. Until you become aware, your existing roles, scripts and routines can be like leadership prisons. They restrict your choices and limit your impact as a leader.

  • Discover how to build your “mindfulness muscle”.
  • Deeply explore your authority, personal boundaries and purpose.
  • Examine the roles, scripts and routines that you rely on and consider effective alternatives.
  • Unlock powerful new approaches to your leadership.
Stage 2 – Resilient

Lead in complex contexts

Your leadership context is shaped by your teams and organization and is usually a complex collection of competing needs and goals. These collectives can make you feel anxious or excited, confused or focused, competitive or invisible, etc. How can you successfully exercise your leadership role in these complex contexts?

  • Understand the dynamics of groups, teams, and organizations and the challenges they pose for your leadership.
  • Make sense of the patterns and dynamics of groups or collectives to which you belong.
  • Learn when to intervene and when not to; when to hold the tension and when to release it.
  • Explore effective techniques to intervene through powerful dialogue and discussion.
Stage 3 – Adaptive

Transform your future

Discover how your organization can learn, adapt and change, and how you can learn and grow as a leader at the same time. Understand that transformation is bigger than your plan or purpose. It is about your identity as a leader and as an organization.

  • Organize for adaptiveness: reorganize, re-energize and engage people in new opportunities while being careful to preserve what needs to stay the same.
  • Experiment with different leadership tools that enable adaptability.
  • Inspire others to transform through effective dialogue and action.
  • Discover your “inner transformer” and take control of your destiny, that of your team, and that of your organization.
Stage 4 – Evolutive (optional*)

Challenge yourself in new ways

Months or years after completing the three liVe virtual stages of Transformational Leader, continue your personal transformation face-to-face with other alumni, Program Director Ben Bryant, and a group of coaches during an optional stage in Guarda, Switzerland. This remote valley, at an altitude of more than 1,600 metres, is an ideal setting for the deep individual and collective reflection that will take you further on your journey.  

  • Build on your learnings from the core Transformational Leader program. 
  • Go much deeper into your personal journey and be challenged differently by the face-to-face experience. 
  • Take part in powerful reflective and experiential exercises to understand your triggers, behaviors, relationships, and values.  
  • Learn about yourself through your peers’ experiences. 
  • Examine leadership – including power and authority – and your own context


*Fees apply.


A journey in stages

We all know that transformation takes time. The liVe virtual format of the core program allows you to step back and reflect on your learning between each module.

Intense coaching

Your leadership coach supports and guides you every step of the way, working with the small “home group” you will be part of, and with you individually.

Experiential learning

Immersive exercises and challenging simulations take you out of your comfort zone and enable you to develop the deep level of self-awareness that is essential to your transformation.