Today's best leaders are authentic leaders— people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and shareholders. In this program, developed by leadership visionary Bill George and HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, you'll uncover the unique characteristics that comprise your authentic leadership—enabling you to become the type of leader you most admire.

What You Can Expect

Rather than offering leadership tools and tips, Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) focuses on your personal leadership development. HBS professors and top leadership experts will guide you through a profoundly personal exploration, during which you'll design a leadership approach driven by your most deeply held values.

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Rather than offering leadership tools and tips, Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) focuses on your personal leadership development. HBS professors and top leadership experts will guide you through a profoundly personal exploration, during which you'll design a leadership approach driven by your most deeply held values.

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Your Course of Study

ALD guides participants through HBS's highly successful 12-week MBA ALD course in just five days. The program prompts you to explore the qualities of authentic leaders as well as the deeply personal core of your own leadership. In addition to examining your life experiences and identifying the essence of your authentic leadership in guided exercises and case studies, you'll have the opportunity to create your personal leadership development plan.

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ALD guides participants through HBS's highly successful 12-week MBA ALD course in just five days. The program prompts you to explore the qualities of authentic leaders as well as the deeply personal core of your own leadership. In addition to examining your life experiences and identifying the essence of your authentic leadership in guided exercises and case studies, you'll have the opportunity to create your personal leadership development plan.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Authentic Leadership Development is designed for senior executives of large established organizations who represent diverse functions, industries, and countries. It is particularly appropriate for those who are looking to enhance their leadership ability and prepare to take on a larger role within their organization. Individuals or teams from the same organization are welcome to attend.

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Authentic Leadership Development is designed for senior executives of large established organizations who represent diverse functions, industries, and countries. It is particularly appropriate for those who are looking to enhance their leadership ability and prepare to take on a larger role within their organization. Individuals or teams from the same organization are welcome to attend.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
Professor of Management Practice, Member of the General Management Unit; faculty chair of "Authentic Leadership Development" and faculty cochair of "Leading Global Businesses." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

William W. George

Faculty Chair
Professor of Management Practice, Member of the General Management Unit; faculty chair of "Authentic Leadership Development" and faculty cochair of "Leading Global Businesses."

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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