Understanding family business issues

With over 28 years of rich experience working with family businesses, Leading the Family Business is the longest-running family business program in the world. The program actively helps you expand your knowledge of successful family firms and better understand and navigate specific challenges and critical issues in your own family business. You analyze your business today and reshape it for tomorrow.

Together we will probe the key issues facing all family businesses: growth, governance, conflict management, succession, and strategy. Specifically, you gain new insights into:

  • The best strategies and governance structures to preserve and grow your family business and wealth
  • How to optimize communication and strengthen team spirit amongst family members 
  • How family members, non-family managers, and board members can add value over generations 
  • How to develop and implement a practical action plan
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How you learn

You learn through real-life case studies, active class discussions, group workshops, lessons learned family coaching sessions and networking activities. Classes are highly interactive and the discussions led by our faculty are relevant, meaningful and engaging. You have unparalleled opportunities to network, share, and benchmark with other family firms, all with similar dilemmas. Learn from each other and tap into IMD's long-standing history with some of the most successful family businesses in the world.

Your take-away

You will return to your family business with new ideas, action plans, and tools to help your business grow and succeed into the next generation and beyond.

2 different options to join LFB

OWP/LFB (June & November) – 5 days

Leading the Family Business (LFB) is offered as part of IMD's renowned Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program, a transformational experience providing cutting-edge insights on the hottest management topics. Each morning you will attend the exclusive family business elective, following which you attend sessions with other OWP participants designed to inspire you and drive superior performance.

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LFB (October) – 4 days

LFB is offered as an intensive and comprehensive stand-alone program for those who prefer to focus solely on the family business.

Join IMD’s professional alumni network

Once you complete an IMD program, you join IMD’s alumni network, an outstanding global community of global business leaders who will support you long-term.

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