Your Transformational Leader learning journey

A transformational journey of self-exploration and continuous growth

Your Transformational Leader learning journey

A transformational journey of self-exploration and continuous growth

A journey of self-exploration that enables you to undergo and sustain real transformation

IMD’s Transformational Leader program is a personalized transformation journey that unlocks the full potential of your leadership in four stages – mindful, resilient, adaptive, and evolving.

The program offers you more than 60 hours of real-time interaction with the Program Director, executive coaches, and your peers, and includes one-on-one coaching sessions.

Each stage drives rapid growth and development of a key leadership strength. The cumulative development of all four 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.

 - IMD Business School

Stage 1 Mindful – Lead in the moment

LiVe virtual, 3 weeks

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

On campus, 4 days

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

LiVe virtual, 4 weeks

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 Evolving – Practice continuous self-transformation

LiVe virtual, 3 months

Continue your personal transformation journey over the three months following the program with the support of your coach, Program Director, and peers. One-on-one coaching calls and a facilitated session with your homegroup will enhance your growth and keep you focused on achieving your goals.

  • Apply your learnings from the previous three stages and integrate them into your ongoing journey.
  • Learn about yourself through sharing experiences and receiving feedback from your peers, faculty, and coach.
  • Build five deliberate practices for continuous self-transformation: noticing, sense-making, being intentional, separating, and adapting self in role.
  • Enhance and sustain your continuous growth with resources and inspiration, carefully curated by your Program Director.
True transformation takes time

We all know that transformation takes time. The blended program format allows you to reflect on your learning between each module with the support of your coach.

Personalized 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. You will experiment and dare to practice new ways of leading in a safe, trusting environment.

Learning through exploration

Powerful, reflective, and experiential exercises and simulations enable you to explore aspects of your leadership you have never considered and grow in unexpected ways.

Detailed program schedule

Transformational Leader – Fall 2024


Dates & Time CEST/CET

Stage 1 - Mindful

(liVe virtual)

13 September (14:00-17:00)
24 September (14:00-18:00)

27 September (14:00-19:00)

4 October (14:00-18:00)

Reflection assignment and 1.5h coaching

5 - 21 October 

Stage 2 - Resilient

(on campus)

22 October (starts 08:30) - 25 October (ends 13:00)

Reflection assignment and 1.5h coaching

26 October - 14 November

Stage 3 - Adaptive

(liVe virtual)

15 November (14:00-16:30)
20 November (14:00-16:30)

22 November (14:00-16:30)

29 November (14:00-16:30)

13 December (14:00-18:30)

Stage 4 - Evolving

(liVe virtual)

3 months of continued coaching support consisting of 2 one-on-one coaching sessions (2h), a facilitated small group session (3h), and an individual reflections session with the Program Director (45min)