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Thank you for your interest in this program. The NOV 2017–JUN 2018 session currently is near capacity. You may wish to consider applying to the JUL 2018–FEB 2019 session.

Across the globe, visionary companies are investing in a pipeline of emerging executives who can help them build and secure a competitive edge. The Program for Leadership Development (PLD) speeds this time-consuming process by equipping up-and-coming managers with a broader understanding of the global marketplace and a more integrated view of the organization. You will emerge from PLD with the leadership confidence, cross-functional skills, and strategic insights to drive meaningful change, innovation, and growth in any economic climate.

PLD is a personalized learning experience that is tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges. As a highly immersive learning experience, PLD accelerates your personal and professional transformation by combining two on-campus and two distance-learning modules. The distance-learning modules feature HBX—a powerful digital platform that captures the dynamism of the HBS classroom, connects you to a global network of peers, and provides exclusive access to a wealth of interactive learning tools. An accelerated alternative to the executive MBA, PLD’s intensive modular format puts you on the fast track to leadership.

What You Can Expect

Focused on leadership, change, and innovation, PLD empowers you to take on the cross-functional responsibilities of corporate leadership. Its highly integrated approach broadens your understanding of core operations and best practices, and deepens your confidence to lead high-performing global teams and cross-functional initiatives that generate future growth. With a broader grasp of management, you will return to your organization ready to identify problems, formulate solutions, and adapt to global market shifts.

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Focused on leadership, change, and innovation, PLD empowers you to take on the cross-functional responsibilities of corporate leadership. Its highly integrated approach broadens your understanding of core operations and best practices, and deepens your confidence to lead high-performing global teams and cross-functional initiatives that generate future growth. With a broader grasp of management, you will return to your organization ready to identify problems, formulate solutions, and adapt to global market shifts.

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Your Course of Study

A highly immersive learning experience, PLD accelerates your personal and professional transformation by combining two on-campus and two distance-learning modules. The distance-learning modules feature HBX—a powerful digital platform that captures the dynamism of the HBS classroom, connects you to a global network of peers, and provides exclusive access to a wealth of interactive learning tools. A fifth optional two-week session provides the opportunity to achieve HBS alumni status and gain exclusive access to a wealth of resources and a powerful global network. Through a personal case and professional one-on-one HBS Executive Coaching, you will develop a personal action plan for tapping new sources of revenue and navigating global market shifts.

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A highly immersive learning experience, PLD accelerates your personal and professional transformation by combining two on-campus and two distance-learning modules. The distance-learning modules feature HBX—a powerful digital platform that captures the dynamism of the HBS classroom, connects you to a global network of peers, and provides exclusive access to a wealth of interactive learning tools. A fifth optional two-week session provides the opportunity to achieve HBS alumni status and gain exclusive access to a wealth of resources and a powerful global network. Through a personal case and professional one-on-one HBS Executive Coaching, you will develop a personal action plan for tapping new sources of revenue and navigating global market shifts.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This leadership development program is ideal for specialists and star contributors with at least 10 to 15 years of work experience who have been identified as outstanding prospects for increased leadership responsibilities. Your PLD peers will represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries, further broadening your perspective and expanding your knowledge.

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This leadership development program is ideal for specialists and star contributors with at least 10 to 15 years of work experience who have been identified as outstanding prospects for increased leadership responsibilities. Your PLD peers will represent diverse business functions, companies, industries, and countries, further broadening your perspective and expanding your knowledge.

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Alumni Status

Completing PLD's four core modules puts you on the path to achieving HBS alumni status. By completing PLD Module 5 or additional coursework, you will gain exclusive access to our global alumni network and a vast 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 PLD Module 5 or additional coursework, you will gain exclusive access to our global alumni network and a vast array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Investment in the Future

Across countries and industries, forward-thinking companies are fueling a pipeline of next-generation executives who can position the organization for future success. PLD provides emerging leaders with an end-to-end view of business and a broader understanding of the global marketplace. You will return to your organization with the leadership mindset, confidence, and skills to take on new challenges and move on promising opportunities.

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Across countries and industries, forward-thinking companies are fueling a pipeline of next-generation executives who can position the organization for future success. PLD provides emerging leaders with an end-to-end view of business and a broader understanding of the global marketplace. You will return to your organization with the leadership mindset, confidence, and skills to take on new challenges and move on promising opportunities.

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HBS Executive Education programs are taught by full-time faculty from Harvard Business School whose business expertise and field-based research create the enduring concepts that reshape global best practices and reinvent the practice of management.

At PLD, you will meet recognized thought leaders, skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, active corporate board members, and award-winning authors. They will empower you to become the visionary leader your career, your organization, and the global economy demand.

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

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HBS Executive Education programs are taught by full-time faculty from Harvard Business School whose business expertise and field-based research create the enduring concepts that reshape global best practices and reinvent the practice of management.

At PLD, you will meet recognized thought leaders, skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, active corporate board members, and award-winning authors. They will empower you to become the visionary leader your career, your organization, and the global economy demand.

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 the "Program for Leadership Development" and "PLD Module 5"; and faculty cochair of "Leading Change and Organizational Renewal."

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Comprehensive Leadership Programs Summary

Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's four comprehensive leadership programs—the Owner/President Management program, 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 four comprehensive leadership programs—the Owner/President Management program, 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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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 full commitment.

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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 full commitment.

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Programs, dates, fees, 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.

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