At a Glance

Next Available Program
October 25 - December 5

Time Commitment
30 hours (5 hours/week)

Program Duration
6 Weeks

Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education

Who Should Attend
Senior Leaders, Mid-Level & Team Leaders, Project Managers, Directors

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About the Program

Leading Through Personal Excellence, a 6-week executive development program, provides participants with the skills necessary to motivate others to achieve critical business goals. Effective leaders must understand their own capabilities, act authentically with others, and adapt to an ever-changing environment. The Stanford Leadership Model introduces executives to the key competencies essential for deep insight into the self and others and provides practical tools and strategies for aligning their behaviors to that comprehensive understanding.

Key Takeaways

  • Use the Stanford Leadership Model to assess your personal leadership capabilities and identify strengths and opportunities.
  • Increase your self-awareness so that you can discover new ways to engage with your teams.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the perspective of others to identify and respond to the needs of others.
  • Analyze and adjust contextual factors like group diversity and status dynamics to maximize innovation and motivation.
  • Explore and practice methods for establishing your own trustworthiness and expertise, and activating your audience’s supportive thoughts.
  • Leverage the leadership framework and techniques to apply them in real-time to your own leadership and organizational challenges.

Program Structure

  • 6 week duration, 30 hours to complete requirements
  • Professor interactions, group learning, and optional coaching sessions
  • Facilitated intra-company team meetings
  • Final project, which integrates weekly activities

2021 Program Dates

February 2021 April 2021 July 2021 September 2021 October 2021
Program Start February 22 April 26 July 12 September 6 October 25
Program End April 4 June 6 August 22 October 17 December 5
February 2021
Program Start: February 22
Program End: April 4
April 2021
Program Start: April 26
Program End: June 6
July 2021
Program Start: July 12
Program End: August 22
September 2021
Program Start: September 6
Program End: October 17
October 2021
Program Start: October 25
Program End: December 5

Experienced Faculty

  • Sarah A. Soule

    The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences

    Professor Soule’s research examines state and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She teaches courses on Strategy, Organizational Design, Personal Leadership, and Design Thinking.

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  • Brian Lowery

    The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Professor Lowery's research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals' experience of inequality and fairness. He oversees the Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) course and the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program.

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  • S. Christian Wheeler

    The StrataCom Professor of Management and Professor of Marketing

    Professor Wheeler is a consumer behavior researcher who studies the formation, change, and expression of evaluations. He teaches courses on Management Agility and Research Methodology.

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  • Zakary Tormala

    The Laurence W. Lane Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing

    Professor Tormala is an experimental social psychologist who works in the areas of attitudes, persuasion, and social influence. He teaches MBA and PhD courses on the topics of attitude change and persuasion.

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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.

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