Become a highly effective general manager and business leader

Do you want to make the shift to business leadership? As a general manager, do you need more confidence and influence so you can make a positive impact at a personal and business level?

Transition to Business Leadership is designed to help you take the step up to enterprise leadership. TBL helps you make this move quickly and successfully through a unique combination of personal leadership development with coaching, strategy, execution and managing organizational change.

Completing Transition to Business Leadership is your 2nd step to IMD’s Program for Executive Development. Alternatively, you may also take TBL as a stand-alone program.

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Assess your strengths and development priorities relative to leading a business

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Design business unit strategy, structure, systems and skills to deliver results 

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Cultivate your executive presence and ability to communicate and inspire

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Be ready to lead change and organizational transformations more effectively

You and your class

You are an experienced manager who has recently transitioned or will soon transition into a business leadership/general management position. You are looking to boost your leadership capabilities and be able to lead organizational change.

Read more about admission criteria

The class you will join is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

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upper middle/senior manager

I absolutely loved this program. I strongly recommend it. When you are in transitions, it’s important to focus, make a plan and move forward. TBL really helps you to do this.


Yasmine Made

E-Commerce Director, E-Business & Group Projects, Richemont International

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You focus on building key influence skills such as negotiation and communication and lay the foundations to successfully lead change in your organization.

Michael Watkins

Program Co-Director

TBL enables you to leverage a blend of virtual and in-person experiences to create a powerful, integrated learning process, not a series of events.

Albrecht Enders

Program Co-Director

Next sessions
You will engage is some pre-program work designed to frame your learning before 2 x 2 week modules at IMD, you will have inter-module support during the program


CHF 30,000



CHF 30,000

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