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Upcoming Programs
Feb 26 - April 8

Time Commitment
30 hours (5 hours/week)

Program Duration
6 Weeks

Columbia Business
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How can this program impact your business?

Top Columbia professors will give leaders the tools to identify new strategic growth opportunities and to build effective and highly-aligned teams. Leaders who participated in this program have developed projects that increased employee productivity by 40%, departmental efficiency by 30%, and overall service quality by 20%.


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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for leaders who want to improve their strategic thinking within their organization and make faster, better, and more effective decisions. It’s beneficial for:

  • Senior leaders
  • Mid-level and team leaders
  • Project Managers
  • Directors

Program Overview

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About the Program

Leading Strategic Growth, a 6-week executive development program, delivers participants the ability to gain greater command of their company’s needs and the skill to identify and execute new growth opportunities in a fast-moving and competitive landscape.

The key to organizational success is to develop an enterprise capable of generating achievement-oriented strategies and adapting and improving those strategies as the environment changes. The Leading Strategic Growth action-oriented approach addresses the conditions and challenges executives face—because the true measure of a leadership development program’s effectiveness is how well the learning can be applied to solutions in the work environment.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand your company’s competitive environment and current strategy
  • Better understanding your company’s strategic process by applying Columbia’s four-phase planning cycle
  • Identify strategic challenges and where to focus efforts
  • Define key organizational priorities and current gaps within your “span of control”

Program Structure

  • 6 week duration, 30 hours to complete requirements
  • 10 hours of on-demand, HD lectures
  • Professor interactions, group learning, and optional coaching sessions
  • Facilitated intra-company team meetings
  • Final project, which integrates weekly activities
  • Optional issue forums available

Experienced Faculty

  • Bill Klepper

    Professor of Management

    Professor William Klepper is the academic director of Columbia’s Executive Education program. He’s worked on customer programs for a number of corporations, including AT&T, Chase, DuPont, and General Electric.

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  • Rita McGrath

    Professor of Strategy

    Professor Rita McGrath is a globally recognized expert on innovation and growth strategies, with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help senior leaders chart a pathway to success in rapidly changing and volatile environments.

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  • William Pietersen

    Professor of the Practice of Management

    For more than 20 years, Professor William Pietersen served as the CEO of multibillion-dollar businesses such as Lever Foods, Seagram USA, Tropicana, and Sterling Winthrop’s Consumer Health Group. His top-selling book Strategic Learning is widely applied within Columbia’s executive education programs.

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  • Peter Meola

    Professor of Executive Education

    Adjunct Professor Peter Meola has more than 25 years of senior executive experience at multinational businesses, including The Seagram Company, Tropicana, ExxonMobil, and British Petroleum. His primary research areas are leadership of organizational culture and strategic learning as a leadership process.

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Success Stories


Great program, excellent presenters, world class course. Exceeded my expectations. By completing my strategic case, I gained insights that I can incorporate into my current responsibilities. Perhaps more importantly, however, I feel my experience with the overall process of strategic planning is something that I will definitely be able to apply in the future.

Automobile Auction Company

Vice President of Application Development


This has been a fantastic strategic leadership course. It has opened up a different thinking philosophy around how we can bring change to an organization by being much better strategic leaders with our own teams. The lectures have been incredible, giving us amazing insight into how to think more strategically. I am sure this investment will produce great results for the business.

Manny Vaghela

Head of Digital Marketing, Europe Adobe Inc.


The program is very valuable. It provided me a step-by-step guide in
strategy setting and how this is interconnected with leadership styles. I
can definitely apply this learning at my workplace. I plan to nominate
some of my colleagues and team members, as well.

Global Financial Company

Consumer Business Manager


How many hours per week am I expected to devote to the program?

Our programs are designed for busy professionals. Participants are expected to spend 4-5 hours each week watching video lectures and completing assignments. There are also live online sessions most weeks, which last 1-1.5 hours each.

How long does the program last?

Our leadership development programs last 6 weeks. Additionally, you will complete a short orientation prior to the official start of the program.

Will I receive a grade or university credit?

Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the sponsoring business school. ExecOnline provides non-degree programs for which no grades or university credits are provided.

Who takes ExecOnline programs?

Our programs are designed for busy leaders—managers, directors, VPs, and C-suite—with the drive and desire to solve their organization’s critical business challenges. Our short, focused programs allow you to develop solutions for both near- and long-term challenges—without disrupting your day-to-day responsibilities.

Will I apply my learnings to real-world work objectives?

Yes. You will develop a project of your choosing that addresses your organization’s critical business challenges. At the completion of the program, you will have produced an implementation-ready project, designed to make a fiscal and business impact.

Do you have an alumni program?

Yes. You can stay connected to ExecOnline through our alumni group, which allows you to interact with peers to generate support and networking opportunities.

A TRACOM Group Partner

We have partnered with TRACOM, the pioneering workplace performance company, to deliver their world-famous SOCIAL STYLE® Assessment system as part of the Leading Strategic Growth and Building & Leading Teams programs. The SOCIAL STYLE® Assessment is the industry-leading method for building interpersonal and management skills to create more effective work environments.

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