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, you'll uncover the unique characteristics that comprise your authentic leadership—enabling you to become the type of leader you most admire.

Certificate of Management Excellence

This program counts as credit toward the HBS Certificate of Management Excellence (CME), a new offering that helps business leaders broaden their capabilities in three core areas. To earn the certificate, participants must complete three select open-enrollment programs in 36 months.

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This program counts as credit toward the HBS Certificate of Management Excellence (CME), a new offering that helps business leaders broaden their capabilities in three core areas. To earn the certificate, participants must complete three select open-enrollment programs in 36 months.

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What You Can Expect

Rather than offering leadership tools and tips, Authentic Leader 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 Leader 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

Modeled on HBS's highly successful 12-week MBA ALD course, this intensive five-day program explores 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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Modeled on HBS's highly successful 12-week MBA ALD course, this intensive five-day program explores 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 Leader 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 Leader 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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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 Cochair
Senior Fellow and former Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; course head for the required MBA course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior; faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms" and "Authentic Leader Development." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit, and faculty cochair of "Authentic Leadership Development." 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.

Thomas J. DeLong

Faculty Cochair
Senior Fellow and former Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; course head for the required MBA course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior; faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms" and "Authentic Leader Development."

Scott A. Snook

Faculty Cochair
MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit, and faculty cochair of "Authentic Leadership Development."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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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