Emerging Leader Development Program

Mar 21–25, 2022 $10,250 (In-Person)
Questions? Contact Us:
Alberto O. Cruz
Director, Learning Solutions
+1 212-854-6037
[email protected]

In-Person Format: Five consecutive full days of in-person sessions on the Columbia campus in NYC. View the in-person schedule.
Certificate Credits: 5
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Preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email [email protected].

"An outstanding balance of theory, experiential learning, and sharing between participants. A week well spent towards my future career development."
– Past Participant Lynne Knittel, Manager Corporate Benefits at Barnes Group Inc.

Faculty director Bob Bontempo discusses how the program helps participants get to the next level in their careers.

The Emerging Leader Development Program provides participants with a wide range of learning opportunities. A 360-degree feedback tool, combined with one-on-one consultation on the results*, helps participants take an in-depth look at their leadership strengths and weaknesses.

The program covers several key business skills, always with a focus on how to apply them, both personally and within an organizational context. Effective leadership, strategy formulation, better decision making and negotiating skills, and successful change management form the core of the program's curriculum.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

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*To participate in the one-on-one coaching session, participants need to complete the 360 survey prior to the start of the program.


Benefits in the Current Context

"An executive's softer skills can determine his/her ability to create value, drive change, and build institutions. Mastery of the softer interpersonal skills is what will separate those who merely survive economic turmoil from those who will thrive and grow as leaders."
–Professor Robert Bontempo, faculty director

Summary of Benefits

  • Learn to organize your thinking and successfully implement your plans
  • Develop your ability to formulate effective strategy
  • Gain insights into the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership style
  • Analyze how organizational culture can impede or bolster success
  • Learn to create an atmosphere that allows change and innovation to thrive

Upon completion of this program, you will earn five credits towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


During the program participants acquire the skills needed for managerial success, such as strategy formulation, negotiation, conflict resolution, decision making, implementing change, and managing culture.

With the help of 360-degree feedback, participants return to their organizations with the ability to communicate effectively and maximize both individual and team performance. Hear more about the tool from Columbia Business School Professor Joel Brockner:

The curriculum for the first few sessions includes the latest research and practical applications related to diagnosing and solving the root cause of organizational problems. Readings cover such topics as organizational behavior, motivation and improving self-management abilities. Participants receive one-on-one consultations regarding their 360-degree feedback results.*

By mid-program, participants focus on formulating and implementing effective strategy. Discussions cover such questions as: Is your company's strategy working well? Are you clear on what you need to do to support the strategy? Participants also continue their one-on-one feedback sessions.

The end of the program concerns negotiations and includes case study readings, discussions, and role plays. The program concludes with intensive discussions on leadership, constructive conflict, and implementing change.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.


*To participate in the one-on-one coaching session, participants need to complete the 360 survey prior to the start of the program.


The Emerging Leader Development Program is designed for midlevel executives with fewer than 10 years of experience who seek to reinforce their potential with a strong foundation of skills and self-awareness.

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.

Typical Participant Mix

Geographic Spread

Years of Management Experience

Job Function



Hear from Past Participants:



Robert N. Bontempo, Faculty Director
Adjunct Professor of Business
Faculty Member, Executive Education

Robert Bontempo is a leading advisor to senior executives worldwide. He advises on the leadership of organizational change and the implementation of business strategy to such companies as Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Glaxo-Welcome, and NASA. Bontempo has advised the US State Department under both democratic and republican administrations, and has worked closely with the UN Population Fund. His observations on leadership have been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, and he has been named by Businessweek magazine as one of the top MBA professors in the U.S.

Along with Professor Bontempo, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.


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