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Your program starts 1 month before you arrive on campus. You set your development priorities and assess your strengths with a unique 360 based on The Seven Seismic Shifts developed by Transition to Business Leadership co-director Michael Watkins and an in-depth career experience survey.
If you need to build your financial skills you may also take an optional finance and accounting course before joining the program.
Two main themes run throughout the program: personal leadership development and leading organizational change. These themes are developed over two modules of two weeks each, with additional inter-module support. Modules must be followed in sequence.
During this first module, you receive feedback and coaching from highly experienced executive coaches based on the 360 assessment completed in the pre‑program preparation. You explore the capabilities you need as a leader to run business units and create a plan for your personal development. You learn how to assess the competitive environment and create a vision and strategy for a complete business. You diagnose the architecture, structure, systems, capabilities and talent of business units. You also focus on developing the executive presence necessary to be effective as a business leader.
You review your progress with your coach and your peers as you implement your personal leadership development plan. You also prepare the foundations for your organizational development project.
In this second module, you learn to lead change in organizations and develop your capabilities to influence, negotiate, communicate and manage conflict. In the process, you apply these new learnings to advance your organizational change project. Finally, you experience the full complexity of leading a business and integrating multiple functions to deliver business results through participation in a comprehensive business simulation. By the end of the program, you will be ready to implement your personal development plan and organizational change project.
You will have formed strong connections with your class and typically each class forms a What’s App group to stay connected and encourage you on your leadership journey. You also continue to implement your personal leadership development plan and execute your organizational development project.
TBL is the 2nd stage of IMD’s Program for Executive Development (PED). The first step is Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL). Successful completion of both programs and exams leads to the Program for Executive Development (PED) diploma.
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.