Executive Leadership Training Programs and Seminars

Executive leadership training is designed to enhance the skills of mid- to top-level executives and board members. Read on for info about program options, content and admissions. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Executive Leadership Training Programs and Seminars are intensive offerings averaging less than a week in length. The focus is on competencies associated with leadership excellence including management, negotiating, organizational behavior, decision-making, and strategic planning. As a participant, you would typically be assigned to a small class or group that allows for full interaction with instructors and fellow current and potential executives. Individual sessions with dedicated executive coaches to address individual needs are frequently essential aspects of training.

Schools Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; MIT Sloan Executive Education; Berkeley Executive Program in Management; Harvard Business School Executive Education
Certificates Cornell University-eCornell Executive Leadership Certificate, Bryn Mawr College The Executive Leadership Certificate Program, Vanderbilt Certificate in Leadership Excellence
Salary (Median 2017)* $183,270 per year for CEOs

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do I Qualify?

Executive training programs typically do not have specific entrance criteria other than expecting participants to be proficient in writing and speaking English. Programs are selective in choosing applicants and you may face stiff competition. You ideally should have the basic knowledge and experience to put in place strategies to motivate teams in achieving performance objectives.

Corporations frequently hand-pick individuals from their management ranks for executive leadership training programs and pay their tuition, which nearly always totals thousands of dollars.

Financial aid or scholarships are rare; if you do not have company sponsorship, expect to pay the full fee out of pocket.

What Is Included in Tuition?

Typically, program fees for executive leadership training programs will include course instruction and related materials, such as books and access to business and computer facilities. For programs conducted on campus, your meals during instruction hours are usually also included. Several programs provide housing for participants, with housekeeping and amenities such as Internet access included. Tuition may or may not include the cost of accommodations. You will almost always be responsible for your own travel costs.

Where Can I Find Programs?

You may choose an executive leadership training program affiliated with a graduate business school. Alternatively, you may choose a program offered by a management-related organization. Programs affiliated with business schools are usually held on campus, while programs associated with management-related organizations may be held in various locations, including your company's offices or online.

What Will I Study?

Curricula for leadership training programs vary widely. Some programs are designed specifically to groom individual executives for promotion into higher levels of management; others focus on developing executive skills related to issues managers face in the workplace, such as:

  • Handling finances
  • Leading workforces
  • Navigating business crises

Many business schools and management-related organizations offer a variety of programs, some of which are targeted to specific audiences, such as women or board members.

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