Successful businesses know that investing in the next generation of leaders is critical to achieving growth over the long term. Designed for emerging leaders, this program equips you with the decision-making skills required to expand your leadership capacity, deepen your understanding of core business functions, and improve your ability to lead cross-functional initiatives amid challenging global markets.

An alternative to the executive MBA, PLD is an accelerated learning experience that puts you on the fast track to leadership. But unlike an executive MBA program, PLD is tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges.

What You Can Expect

Designed for individuals who will assume the cross-functional responsibilities of company leadership, PLD gives you an integrated view of the fundamentals of management. Using advanced strategies and techniques, you'll gain the skills you need to make sound decisions about raising capital, entering or exiting product categories, manufacturing and distribution, and marketing and sales strategy.

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Designed for individuals who will assume the cross-functional responsibilities of company leadership, PLD gives you an integrated view of the fundamentals of management. Using advanced strategies and techniques, you'll gain the skills you need to make sound decisions about raising capital, entering or exiting product categories, manufacturing and distribution, and marketing and sales strategy.

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Your Course of Study

Focused on leadership, change, and innovation, PLD facilitates your personal and professional transformation by combining both on-campus and distance-learning modules. Through a personal case study and coaching, you will build a leadership approach that integrates all business functions, improves your strategic decision-making skills, and drives collaboration across your organization.

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Focused on leadership, change, and innovation, PLD facilitates your personal and professional transformation by combining both on-campus and distance-learning modules. Through a personal case study and coaching, you will build a leadership approach that integrates all business functions, improves your strategic decision-making skills, and drives collaboration across your organization.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Created for managers and functional specialists with approximately 10 to 15 years of experience, PLD offers executive development for those with excellent leadership prospects within their organizations. The program is suited to the needs and time demands of executives at your level who represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries.

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Created for managers and functional specialists with approximately 10 to 15 years of experience, PLD offers executive development for those with excellent leadership prospects within their organizations. The program is suited to the needs and time demands of executives at your level who represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries.

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Investment in the Future

Participants return to their organizations with a better understanding of their leadership strengths, improved general management skills, and a broader outlook on business issues. Organizations benefit by deepening their talent pool and investing in long-term growth.

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Participants return to their organizations with a better understanding of their leadership strengths, improved general management skills, and a broader outlook on business issues. Organizations benefit by deepening their talent pool and investing in long-term growth.

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Comprehensive Leadership Programs Summary

Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's three comprehensive leadership programs—the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact, Ms. Lisa Hughes, Portfolio Director.

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Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's three comprehensive leadership programs—the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact, Ms. Lisa Hughes, Portfolio Director.

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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
Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; faculty chair of "PLD Module 5" and "Program for Leadership Development"; and faculty cochair of "Leading Change and Organizational Renewal." 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.

Michael L. Tushman

Faculty Chair
Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; faculty chair of "PLD Module 5" and "Program for Leadership Development"; and faculty cochair of "Leading Change and Organizational Renewal."

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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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