Successful companies worldwide continue to invest in a strong pipeline of next-generation leaders who can help them build and secure a competitive advantage. Designed to advance this process, the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) equips up-and-coming leaders with a broader understanding of today's global marketplace and the integrated functions of the organization. You will emerge with the leadership capacity to manage cross-functional initiatives, identify new sources of revenue, and execute bold strategies that drive your company's bottom line.

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

PLD is designed for emerging business leaders who will assume the integrated responsibilities of company leadership. Its comprehensive and holistic approach broadens your understanding of core business functions and deepens your confidence to take on greater cross-functional responsibility. With a broader grasp of management and greater confidence, you will return to your company with a personal action plan for identifying and addressing the key challenges facing your organization.

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PLD is designed for emerging business leaders who will assume the integrated responsibilities of company leadership. Its comprehensive and holistic approach broadens your understanding of core business functions and deepens your confidence to take on greater cross-functional responsibility. With a broader grasp of management and greater confidence, you will return to your company with a personal action plan for identifying and addressing the key challenges facing your organization.

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Your Course of Study

An immersive learning experience, PLD accelerates your personal and professional transformation by combining two on-campus and two off-campus modules. A fifth optional two-week session provides the opportunity to achieve HBS alumni status. Through a personal case study and one-on-one coaching, you will develop a unique leadership style that not only inspires organizational collaboration, but also empowers you to help your company expand across industries and beyond borders.

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An immersive learning experience, PLD accelerates your personal and professional transformation by combining two on-campus and two off-campus modules. A fifth optional two-week session provides the opportunity to achieve HBS alumni status. Through a personal case study and one-on-one coaching, you will develop a unique leadership style that not only inspires organizational collaboration, but also empowers you to help your company expand across industries and beyond borders.

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Who Is Right for the Program

PLD is ideal for managers and functional specialists from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $75 million, who have approximately 10 to 15 years of professional work experience and are considered to be outstanding prospects for leadership. Your PLD peers will represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries.

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PLD is ideal for managers and functional specialists from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $75 million, who have approximately 10 to 15 years of professional work experience and are considered to be outstanding prospects for leadership. Your PLD peers will represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries.

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Alumni Status

Completing PLD's four core modules puts you on the path to achieving HBS alumni status. By completing additional coursework, you gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Completing PLD's four core modules puts you on the path to achieving HBS alumni status. By completing additional coursework, you gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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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.

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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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