In-Depth Learning Experience
Why PLD? – Instead of delivering an all-purpose executive MBA program, Harvard Business School delivers an accelerated learning experience that transforms high-potential managers into powerful leaders—the Program for Leadership Development (PLD). Unlike an eMBA, PLD is tailored to your unique needs and leadership challenges. One-on-one coaching, living groups, personal strategy projects, practical application, and a faculty composed of full-time HBS professors are hallmarks of this intensive program.
Time to Learn – The length and intensity of the Program for Leadership Development enable you to step back from your career, reassess your role within the company, and develop a broader and more updated perspective on the relationship between management and the organization. While on the HBS campus, you will be immersed in the learning experience and fully engaged 14 hours a day. During the distance-learning modules, you are expected to spend an average of 10 to 12 hours each week on course preparation and other program assignments.
Environment – With three on-campus residential modules (including one optional module) and two home-based modules, the program structure is carefully designed to balance preparation, intensive learning, and practical application. Active involvement in all classroom sessions, home-based assignments, case discussions, exercises, and other program activities is expected. During the on-campus modules, classes are held six days a week, residency on campus is required, and you must remain free of outside responsibilities. Since you will be devoting time and intellect to this leadership training experience, it is strongly recommended that your family members not accompany you to Boston.
Sound Investment – Designed to groom outstanding leadership prospects, PLD is ideal for managers and functional specialists with approximately 10 years of work experience. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the organization's varied functions and how they interrelate to impact its bottom line, enabling you to more fully contribute to your company's success.
How Will Organizations Benefit? – PLD is a significant investment for both you and your organization. By helping high-potential leaders develop a broad, integrated perspective on general management, PLD supports organizations in their pursuit of sustained competitive advantage. With a comprehensive understanding of how organizations function, you will come away with actionable lessons that can be effectively applied to your organization's challenges and goals.
"I was looking for an education that could be considered an alternative to a top-league Executive MBA program coupled with leadership training. PLD was it. Now I am able to lead new disciplines and teams effectively and demonstrate greater knowledge and capabilities. The program was phenomenal and exhilarating."
Venkatesh V. Iyer [Global Sales Manager for Electrical & Automation Business], Siemens Industry Inc., U.S.
"Those who come to PLD as leaders will leave as better ones. Those who come thinking they may not have what it takes to be a leader will leave believing in themselves."
Tibor Nemes [Head of Operations], Novartis Vaccines, Germany