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Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders

  • Date

    September 7, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    Two months

  • Format


  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    August 31, 2022

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

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 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
  • Cultivating a strategic thinking mindset
  • 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: Hybrid (two months)

Virtual module I
September 7, 2022
On-campus module
September 19-23, 2022
Virtual Module II
September 26-October 28, 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.


  • PDP Instructor Mohsin Habib

    Mohsin Habib

    Mohsin has presented his findings in reputed journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the International Business Review.
  • PDP Instructor Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan is a negotiation strategist and coach with more than 15 years of experience enabling international executives and their teams to successfully navigate high-uncertainty environments. 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.
  • 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.
  • Susanna Katsman

    Susanna Katsman

    Susanna has held leadership roles in fundraising development operations and organizational development within health care and higher education sectors, including overseeing training and development on the Harvard Longwood Campus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Exclusive Programs for Organizations

Many of our open enrollment programs can be delivered as an exclusive offering for your team.

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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.

Read about Kathy’s experience in this course 

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