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Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders

All Start Dates

  • Time

    11:00 AM ET

  • Length

    Six weeks

  • Cost

    $4,390

  • Registration Deadline

    February 21, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    Three months

  • Cost

    $6,295

  • Registration Deadline

    April 27, 2022

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

What You'll Learn

Companies across every industry are facing complex organizational challenges that require the rapid development of new and agile leaders. More than ever before, emerging leaders must quickly learn and deploy core leadership skills, develop a broad strategic perspective, and expand their professional and personal networks.

This intensive program—now available either fully online or in a hybrid (online and on-campus) format—is designed to help new managers master core business concepts, build key leadership skills, and explore and develop their personal leadership style. Participants will gain a cross-functional view through sessions led by instructors specializing in each subject area and through project-based learning.

  • Express: The virtual program will take place entirely online over six weeks, with a self-contained project requiring up to 10 hours of work outside the classroom.
  • Hybrid: The hybrid program involves a mix of synchronous virtual modules, an intensive classroom component, and a blend of synchronous and asynchronous project work involving 10 to 20 hours of work outside the classroom.

*Select specific start dates for additional program and schedule information.

Program Benefits

  • Master the core business areas every manager needs to know
  • Understand how managers interact across business functions
  • Improve your collaboration and presentation skills
  • Build peer and organizational support for your projects and initiatives
  • Identify your operational and strategic gaps
  • Discuss leadership challenges and strategies with peers
  • Map your personal leadership and learning journey
  • Expand your professional and personal networks

Topics Covered

  • The power of leading with strengths and emotional intelligence
  • The strategic imperative for innovation
  • Negotiation and communication: an integrated approach
  • Creating a customer-centric organization
  • Change management
  • Managing your mind: implicit bias and the workplace

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. After successfully completing this program, you become eligible for a 20 percent discount on future open-enrollment programs.

Who Should Enroll

This program is ideal for aspiring or new managers who are looking to rapidly increase their leadership skills and strategic perspective, take on additional responsibility, and build their effectiveness in their organization.

Managers who currently hold a senior leadership position may be better served by one of our leadership and management programs geared more toward senior leaders.

Active participation during all phases of the program is required for successful completion.

Program Schedule: Express (6 weeks fully online)

Virtual module I
February 28, 2022
Virtual module II
March 7-30, 2022
Virtual Module III
Self-contained project due on April 6

Participants should expect to spend about 10 hours on project work outside the classroom. Active program participation during all three modules is required for successful program completion.

All online program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

Program Schedule: Hybrid (three months)

Virtual module I
May 4, 2022
On-campus module
May 16-20, 2022
Virtual Module II
May 23-June 17, 2022

In this intensive program format, you will complete a project that will provide a growth opportunity for you as an emerging leader in your organization. The project aims to:

  • Support your personal growth as an emerging leader
  • Align with the strategic priorities of your group or organization
  • Apply lessons learned during the on-campus module

You will begin to develop your project while on campus and continue to work on it over the course of virtual module II. You will receive feedback from your peers and instructors throughout your project development. Upon registering for this program, you should begin to think about how your development goals may translate into a project idea.

Participants should expect to spend about 10-20 hours on project work outside the classroom. Active program participation during all three modules is required for successful program completion.

Instructors

  • Julie Jungalwala

    Julie Jungalwala

    Julie M. Jungalwala has over 15 years experience as a leadership consultant, trainer, and coach working with a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit clients across the United States and Europe. Her workplace skill-building programs…
  • PDP Instructor Olivia Kang

    Olivia Kang

    Olivia Kang, PhD is a learning architect and neuroscientist. She was the founding Director of Learning and Design for Outsmarting Human Minds: A Project at Harvard University, a media series she built…
  • Pamela Rucker

    Pamela Rucker

    Pamela Rucker brings more than 25 years of experience helping executives to understand their business drivers, and to develop solutions that increase their bottom line. She has worked in diverse industries, and her expertise and…
  • Areen Shahbari

    Areen Shahbari

    Areen Shahbari has over 15 years of corporate, business training, and consulting experience, working with local and international companies, governments, and NGOs. She is the CEO of Shahbari Training & Consultancy, an instructor at Harvard…
  • Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., elevates leaders by coaching them to think like negotiators. He teaches about power dynamics in negotiation and leadership at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs and conducts research at Harvard Business School. A…
  • Susanna Katsman

    Susanna Katsman

    Susanna Katsman is passionate about supporting the development of emerging leaders. She skillfully guides her program participants to identify their goals and facilitates the achievement of meaningful and sustainable changes in mindset and behavior. Her…
  • Jill Abruzese Slye

    Jill Abruzese Slye

    Jill Slye teaches multiple courses and Professional Development Programs on Public Speaking, Professional Presenting, and Leadership Communication at Harvard University Extension School. Additionally, she teaches at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine offering the MMSc…

Instructors

  • Julie Jungalwala

    Julie Jungalwala

    Julie M. Jungalwala has over 15 years experience as a leadership consultant, trainer, and coach working with a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit clients across the United States and Europe. Her workplace skill-building programs…
  • Phil Swisher

    Phil Swisher

    Phil Swisher is the founder and CEO of Trevian Wealth Management, a firm that focuses on optimizing the personal finances of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial corporate executives. Swisher is one of 12 experts who advise the…
  • Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., elevates leaders by coaching them to think like negotiators. He teaches about power dynamics in negotiation and leadership at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs and conducts research at Harvard Business School. A…
  • Jill Abruzese Slye

    Jill Abruzese Slye

    Jill Slye teaches multiple courses and Professional Development Programs on Public Speaking, Professional Presenting, and Leadership Communication at Harvard University Extension School. Additionally, she teaches at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine offering the MMSc…
  • Areen Shahbari

    Areen Shahbari

    Areen Shahbari has over 15 years of corporate, business training, and consulting experience, working with local and international companies, governments, and NGOs. She is the CEO of Shahbari Training & Consultancy, an instructor at Harvard…
  • Susanna Katsman

    Susanna Katsman

    Susanna Katsman is passionate about supporting the development of emerging leaders. She skillfully guides her program participants to identify their goals and facilitates the achievement of meaningful and sustainable changes in mindset and behavior. Her…
  • PDP Instructor Olivia Kang

    Olivia Kang

    Olivia Kang, PhD is a learning architect and neuroscientist. She was the founding Director of Learning and Design for Outsmarting Human Minds: A Project at Harvard University, a media series she built…
  • PDP Instructor Mohsin Habib

    Mohsin Habib

    Mohsin Habib received his doctorate in strategic management with an emphasis on international strategy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches strategy, international management, and business ethics. He is involved in executive…

Exclusive Programs for Organizations

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