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Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders

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  • Date

    October 2, 2023

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST

  • Length

    4 weeks

  • Format


  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    September 17, 2023

Leadership and management skills. Two young leaders having discussion on Harvard College campus.

Acquire the core skills you need to succeed as a leader.

Essential Management Skills Program Overview

In an era characterized by unprecedented change and relentless innovation, the journey to leadership is no longer a leisurely ascent — but a challenging winding path of growth and discovery. The ability for emerging leaders to adapt, learn, and execute in a landscape where obstacles and opportunities materialize at an astonishing pace can set you apart from other professionals.

The innovative Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders program is meticulously crafted to empower new managers with the ability to quickly grasp and implement core leadership and management skills within a condensed time frame.

This management training program is designed to help you build key leadership skills that tap into your strengths, as well as leverage emotional intelligence to develop your leadership style. Through engaging lectures, case studies, interactive exercises, and a panel discussion, you will depart with the skills and confidence needed to lead in today’s organizations.

Building on your leadership style, you will:

  • Uncover an integrated approach to successfully negotiate and communicate.
  • Discuss strategies for organizational change.
  • Develop a broad strategic perspective.
  • Learn an integrated approach to negotiation and communication.
  • Learn how to manage organizational change.

The 4-week management training program begins with a self-assessment and pre-recorded webinars, followed by an intensive on-campus week. Afterwards, there are virtual synchronous post-program sessions that will develop your ability to manage implicit biases and help you reflect on the management skills you have learned.

By the end of the program, you will have created an action plan that implements your management skills and maps out your next steps to grow as a leader. In an era where agility and adeptness in leadership are paramount, empowering emerging leaders is a strategic imperative for organizations to compete and succeed.

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Who Should Take the Essential Management Skills Program

This leadership and management program is designed for new or aspiring managers who are looking to:

  • Rapidly increase their leadership skills and strategic perspective.
  • Take on additional responsibility.
  • Build their effectiveness in their organization.

Managers who currently hold a senior leadership position may be better served by one of our Executive Leadership programs.

Benefits of the Essential Management Skills Program

Finding your management style as a new leader can be daunting. In the Essential Management Skills program, instructors will help you explore and develop your personal leadership style, as well as an action plan for your personal leadership and managerial success.

Not only will you gain a cross-functional view of management, you will also:

  • Uncover your strengths and upskill your emotional intelligence.
  • Improve your negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Discuss leadership and management challenges and strategies with peers.
  • Hear from your instructors in a panel discussion about ways to implement the leadership skills you’ve learned when you go back to work.

This program serves as a gateway to other Professional Development Programs at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, where you can continue to build on your foundation and develop advanced skills in key areas.


Through sessions led by instructors who specialize in their subject area, you will learn core management concepts and key leadership skills that can help you develop as a manager at your organization.

During the intensive on-campus week, you will also:

  • Learn frameworks to manage organizational change.
  • Develop strategic thinking skills to create value and solve critical issues.
  • Learn to uncover and manage implicit biases in decision-making.

After participating in all phases of the program, you will learn a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Division of Continuing Education.


The Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders 4 week, on-campus and online program costs $6,295, plus any travel and housing expenses for the on-campus week.

Student Success

“Building greater self-awareness is definitely something that I’m still working on and still using. I still reflect back on what I learned in the program and how I can incorporate that knowledge into my current situation.”

— Kathy Guevara, Program Manager for Out-of-School Programs, DC Department of Employment Services, Washington, DC.

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  • Kevin Ball sits at a conference room table.

    Kevin L. Ball

    Kevin L. Ball has over 15 years of experience as a leadership consultant, coach, and trainer from Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, biotech, and aerospace defense industries, to food and beverage manufacturing internationally. In addition to teaching, Kevin is currently Director – Agile Coach at Fidelity Investments, where he is responsible for all organizational scaling efforts across Fidelity’s Institutional domain.
  • PDP Instructor Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Dr. Eugene B. Kogan is the founder & managing director of Kogan Global Advisory, a negotiation strategy and executive coaching practice. He has been helping executives and their teams to successfully navigate high-uncertainty environments for over 15 years. He has served as Executive Coach at Harvard Business School and has taught multiple programs with Harvard Professional Development Programs.
  • Headshot of PDP Instructor Jill Slye

    Jill Abruzese Slye

    Jill Slye has over 30 years of experience in business and teaches in multiple capacities across various schools at Harvard University. Her classes cover topics such as the fundamentals of public speaking and leadership communication. She is the founder of A Sounding Board, LLC, a global public speaking coaching company.
  • Cynthia Ingols.

    Cynthia Ingols

    Cynthia Ingols earned a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on the Board of the Case Research Journal, and is a Fellow at Simmons University’s Institute for Inclusive Leadership.
  • Areen Shahbari

    Areen Shahbari

    Areen has over 15 years of corporate, business training, and consulting experience. She is the CEO of Shahbari Training & Consultancy, an instructor at Harvard University Extension School, and an entrepreneurship and leadership trainer at Babson Executive Education and Stanford University Center for Professional Development.
  • PDP Instructor Olivia Kang

    Olivia Kang

    Olivia is the founding Director of Learning and Design for Outsmarting Human Minds: A Project at Harvard University, a media series she built with Professor Mahzarin Banaji to teach about the science of implicit bias and decision-making.

It was life changing! It helped me a lot to get to know myself better and recognize myself as a leader. On top of that, meeting people from all over the world was an unforgettable experience.


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How do I know if the Essential Management Skills leadership training program is right for me?

If you are an emerging leader or manager with less than 5 years of management experience who wants to quickly learn the leadership skills necessary to become an effective leader, the Essential Management Skills leadership training program is right for you.

How will the Essential Management Skills leadership training program help me improve my career or company?

The Essential Management Skills program will help you learn the leadership training necessary to succeed as a manager and leader. The skills you learn during the program — such as managing organizational change and integrating an approach to negotiation and communication — can help you navigate challenges in the workplace and foster a positive work environment, which can lead to increased employee satisfaction, improved performance, and sustainable growth for your company.