Lay a solid foundation for your board career
IMD Board Readiness Diploma
Lay a solid foundation for your board career
Position yourself as a future-fit board member
The IMD Board Readiness Diploma equips executive directors and aspiring board members to confidently take up a board mandate. Participants will explore the principles, practices, and behaviors necessary for effective board directorship and reinforce their learning through multiple exercises and activities.
The learning journey ensures that they have the knowledge and skills to confidently serve on and contribute to a board.
After completing the diploma and accumulating boardroom experience, participants can continue their learning journey and obtain the IMD Board Director Diploma.
Understand how governance drives organizational performance and explore core areas of board work.
Learn a framework for identifying and assessing the four underlying pillars of board effectiveness.
Customize your learning according to your needs, areas of interest and aspirations to develop yourself as a board member.
Build confidence and credibility to bridge the move from executive to non-executive, and understand what drives you to contribute in your board work.
Earn your diploma to demonstrate that you have developed knowledge and skills for the boardroom.
You will have the opportunity to network with fellow participants coming from diverse international organizations and a broad range of industries.
Typical participants are:
- Senior leaders interested in governance and boards
- Senior executives preparing for a board appointment
- Executive directors who interacts with the organizational board
- Group executives preparing to sit on a subsidiary board
After the program, you will continue your learning journey by joining IMD’s vibrant board community.
Online, 5 weeks, 4-6 hours a week
The Board Readiness Diploma pathway starts with a core program: Mastering Board Governance. This gives you the foundations of how boards function, as well as the principles and practices of good governance. Weekly board simulations allow you and your classmates to put your learning into practice and receive valuable feedback to reflect on your own board work.
At the outset, you have a coaching call to explore your learning objectives for the diploma journey, and the implications for how you will approach your learning activities throughout.
On campus, three 2-day programs
Your pathway continues with three short thematic programs of your choice focusing on key areas that bring value to the boardroom. These programs are also open to highly experienced board members working towards the Board Director Diploma.
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
- Women on Boards
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 Readiness Diploma.
After having accumulated relevant board experience, you have the option of continuing your learning journey with the High Performance Boards program and earning the IMD Board Director Diploma.
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.
I’m formally launching my board career. IMD’s board education is a strong credential to evidence good board governance skills that drive impact and value.
IMD enlightened me on how exemplary boards function and helped me find my role and balance on boards in order to make a real contribution.
With boards comes responsibility. Transitioning to a board career demands good governance foundations and solid frameworks.
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.
Principles and best practices for effective board membership
Gain a deep understanding of the principles and practices of good governance so you can make meaningful contributions in your new or future role as a board member.
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.
Grow your network by staying engaged with IMD.
On successful completion of this program, you become part of IMD’s powerful alumni network.