Elevate your performance in the boardroom
IMD Board Director Diploma
Elevate your performance in the boardroom
Gain and certify the necessary skills to excel as a modern board member
Much of what is required for a board to be effective can be achieved through the right education. Board education is key to growing excellent individuals into great value-adding board members and transforming a group of individuals into a board that is a major competitive advantage for a company.
An effective board can help companies overcome blind spots in strategy and raise awareness of external risks. It can also connect with governments, society, and other stakeholders, and build trust in ways that executive teams cannot. Today’s overstretched chief executives and senior executives need the support and abilities of boards to handle the increasingly complex world around them.
IMD has elevated board practice for more than four decades, drawing on the research of our Global Board Center. Our programs offer the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary for board members to make a truly meaningful contribution in their roles.
Understand best-in-class corporate governance processes and practices – and how the best boards use this to elevate their contribution.
Familiarize yourself with the latest thinking in in key subjects, which are essential to master in order to be a best-in-class board member.
Close knowledge and skills gaps to improve your individual performance on boards.
Customize your learning according to your needs, areas of interest and aspirations to develop yourself as a board member.
Earn your diploma to demonstrate that you have further developed your knowledge and skills, and are equipped to contribute to elevating your board’s performance.
You will have the opportunity to network with fellow participants coming from diverse international organizations and a broad range of industries.
Typical participants are:
- Non-executive board members
from a medium- to large-sized private or public enterprise, non-profit organization, foundation or governmental entity.
After the program, you will continue your learning journey by joining IMD’s vibrant board community.
On campus, three 2-day programs
Your pathway starts with three short thematic programs focusing on key areas that bring value to the boardroom. You select the ones that are most relevant to your needs, aspirations and fields of interest.
Choose any three from the below:
- Strategy Governance for Boards
- Stakeholder Management for Boards
- Boards and Risks
- Team Dynamics for Boards
- Digital Transformation for Boards
- Finance for Boards
- Driving Sustainability from the Boardroom
- The Role of the Chair
- Women on Boards
As you embark on your diploma journey, you will have a coaching call to reflect on your learning objectives and their implications for how you will approach your learning throughout.
On campus, 3-day program over 4 days
Our flagship board program is tailored to your interests and requirements, with parallel
sessions devoted to specific subjects. Before starting High Performance Boards, you can
discuss your personal needs and expectations with the program director and share the
challenges your board is facing.
You can also start your journey with High Performance Boards and participate in the short thematic programs afterwards.
The final phase of your journey is an assessment of your full portfolio of learning activities
(assignments, quizzes, and learning journal reflections), required to earn your IMD Board
Candidates eligible to earn a distinction can also take an optional “Grand Oral” exam. They are
invited to participate in an hour-long discussion about board principles and practice with a panel of distinguished board members.
Throughout your learning journey, you will engage in a range of activities aimed at supporting your development of key governance capabilities and prompting reflection about the implications for you as a board member.
Your diploma journey enables you to build a valuable network of board members that you can count on for advice and support far into the future.
You will join a community of past IMD board program participants who meet regularly – face-to-face and virtually – to exchange board experiences from different contexts and discuss the latest developments and trends in governance.
Governance is an opportunity to take a forward-thinking approach and future-proof organizations. The IMD Board Director Diploma is about exactly that.
The different programs of the IMD Board Director Diploma have empowered me to make real use of the learnings around board processes, team dynamics and managing politics. With global participants and targeted learning, this diploma shows you what is truly achievable for your board.
I had been on a board before but wanted to be effective and clearer on the role and governance of a board. The IMD Board Director Diploma gave me the skills and confidence for my next mandate.
I was looking for programs that would really provide the framework for my board work. The IMD Board Director Diploma offered the rich content and the modular learning that I was after for my roles on various boards.
The IMD Board Director Diploma honed my governance experience and skill set and broadened my perspective. I now have a better awareness of where I could have blind spots and the actions I can take to work on them.
Build your personalized learning journey from a combination of programs covering multiple topics – see journeys from alumni.
How board directors make a real difference
Inspired by the latest research and drawing on more than 40 years of board education experience, High Performance Boards examines issues related to board performance and effectiveness. For non-executive board members and chairpersons only.
Confidently guide corporate strategy in turbulent times
Enables you to play a meaningful, advisory role in the governance of your firm’s strategy within the context of an increasingly complex business landscape.
Get the right digital vocabulary and toolkit
Gives you a better understanding of the competencies and behaviors required to successfully support your management in an environment characterized by digital disruption.
Gain the confidence to make smart financial decisions
Gives you the essential finance knowledge you need to make tough decisions for your company in areas such as mergers & acquisitions as well as risk management.
Chart your company’s ESG path to long-term success
Enables you to fulfill your role of influencing and steering the integration of sustainability into your company’s strategy. In collaboration with WBCSD.
Develop best chairing practices for boards and committees
Gain a deep understanding of how impactful board chairs fulfill their role and responsibilities, and the practices and behaviors they adopt when holding the board to its highest standard as it serves its governance mission.
Grow your network by staying engaged with IMD.
On successful completion of this program, you become part of IMD’s powerful alumni network.