Published: 14th March 2018
Stanford's new leadership programme spans time zones but will still give you the ultimate learning experience
The course ensures that participants get to enjoy the complete student experience — from attending lectures to having private group discussions with others in the class — all just a click-away
Stanford Graduate School of Business has unveiled a new online executive education offering — Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership Certificate. The programme aims to create a unique, rigorous and connection-driven educational journey that has a curriculum that is hands-on, spans multiple time zones and bridges physical distance to engage all the participants.
“This programme will develop leaders who are compassionate, courageous and curious, and who exhibit the humility necessary for continued growth,” said Sarah Soule, faculty director of the Stanford LEAD programme. The courses are taught by the same senior faculty who teach world-renowned programmes like MBA and are designed in such a way that they include research-backed frameworks with real-world application.
Participants will be able to apply course concepts immediately, collect feedback and share learnings with their peers around the world. At the end of the course, the participants will receive certification from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which can be used for professional development or even tuition reimbursement from the employer.
“The learning model we’ve developed has succeeded far beyond our expectations,” said Peter DeMarzo, faculty director of Stanford LEAD, “Since its inception in 2015, Stanford LEAD has averaged a completion rate of over 95% for each enrolled class, with 67 countries represented across all cohorts.” The programme promises to develop the world's finest leaders through its latest invention, the impact of which its older students, who undertook the LEAD programme, are already talking about, “Most importantly, it made me realise that business is really about people. All the graphs, all the spreadsheets, that’s all really important, but when you put the people at the centre of the business, that’s when you have a chance to do something different,” said Ashita Saluja, who completed her certification in 2016.
The new leadership course will have participants focus on two courses per quarter, throughout a one-year period, and at the beginning of the programme, the participants will undergo an in-depth evaluation of their leadership proficiency. Over the next three quarters, they will enrol in six elective courses to master a range of leadership competencies such as communicating for impact, managing difficult conversations, leading effective teams, making sound decisions, handling crises, building and using power, using story for impact, and understanding organisational culture.