Sharpen your leadership skills to excel in your current role—and equip yourself to take the next step.

  • Dates

    Jan 7 – Apr 8, 2025

  • Status

    Accepting Applications

  • Format


  • Location


  • Fee


  • Application Due

    Dec 11, 2024

The program fee covers tuition and program materials.

The qualities of a great leader may be difficult to define. But there are concrete skills that set real leaders apart. The ability to influence others and guide a team to success. To see the bigger picture, and shape a winning strategy. To understand strengths and weaknesses, and use that knowledge to negotiate or navigate challenges

Developing Yourself as a Leader—Virtual is designed to equip emerging leaders with those skills and immediately apply them in the workplace. Participants shape their own path toward growth and personal development as they engage with Harvard Business School faculty and development mentors. This program is fully remote and designed so participants get a highly personalized experience without having to travel to campus and interrupt their current work schedules.

Key Program Features

Key Topics

  • Engage in self-discovery and learn effective tactics for setting and reaching your goals

  • Strategize your career advancement

  • Develop your leadership skillset

  • Learn how to be an impactful communicator and bridge difference

  • Build your influence and collaborate more effectively across your organization

  • 13
    live online class sessions
  • 3
    hours of weekly self-paced work
  • 9–12
    hours of pre-program work

Case materials and a detailed schedule will be made available approximately two weeks prior to program start.

Participants will attend live online classroom sessions every Tuesday, except January 28 (for Lunar New Year), during one of two time slots: from 2:30–4:00 p.m. ET or from 8:00–9:30 p.m. ET.

Each week, before the live online session, participants will schedule a discussion group meeting to reflect on the prior week's session, as well as that week's case study. Collaborative learning is an integral part of the experience. To maximize the benefit for everyone, you are expected to attend every session, complete all assignments, and contribute effectively in the class, in small groups, and in the on-going Slack discussion among your classmates and faculty.

This program is designed for professionals from a range of career stages such as:

  • Emerging leaders who want to develop the tools and techniques to take control of their leadership trajectory and grow their influence and impact across their organization

  • Early- and mid-career professionals who want to assess where they are in their professional development and map out an aspirational plan to take their role and responsibilities to the next level—even if that level is lateral

  • Top-performing and high-potential individuals with 5-15 years of experience in executive roles of increasing responsibility

Global Perspective

Two female and two male executives sit and smile around a table filled with notes.
Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific
Middle East
North America

Top Industries Represented

  • 17%

    High Technology

  • 15%


  • 8%


  • 8%

    Professional Services

  • 7%


  • 7%

    Nonprofit Services

  • 6%

    Health Care

  • 5%

    Consumer Products

  • 4%

    Real Estate / Construction

  • 3%



Years Worked

  • 33%

    Less than 10 years

  • 37%

    10-14 years

  • 20%

    15-19 years

  • 8%

    20-24 years

  • 1%

    25-29 years

  • 1%

    30-34 years

Companies That Have Participated

  • Ernst & Young

  • Google

  • Facebook

  • Novo Nordisk

  • Salesforce

  • Takeda

  • VMware

  • Walmart

  • University of Queensland

  • Deloitte

  • Cisco

All our executive education programs are developed and taught by a team of widely recognized HBS faculty. Many are skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through their board memberships, consulting, and field-based research, they address the complex challenges facing business leaders across the globe.

Faculty Chair

  • Ethan Bernstein

    Ethan Bernstein

    Edward W. Conard Associate Professor of Business Administration

When you participate in a virtual HBS Executive Education program, you benefit from a powerful learning experience carefully designed with a virtual setting in mind.

Through live, synchronous program sessions you'll engage directly with our renowned faculty to learn from their latest research, gain actionable takeaways, and facilitate your growth. Additionally, virtual learning groups will connect you to a global group of peers and build your network.

HBS professor teaches in the Live Online Classroom

Purposefully designed to bring the classroom to life for both participants and faculty

HBS professor in front of a digital board in the Live Online Classroom

State-of-the-art technology delivers active, engaging learning

We admit applicants on a rolling, space-available basis, so you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

The selective admissions process is based on professional achievement, organizational responsibility, and the admissions criteria for each program as described in Who Should Attend. There are no formal educational requirements for HBS Executive Education programs.

Learn more about the admissions process and requirements.

Program content, dates, schedule, fees, technology platforms, and faculty are subject to change. In accordance with Harvard University policy, Harvard Business School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.