Leadership: The heart of the matter

Benefiting from EMBA - Leadership Development

Because they attract experienced business leaders who want to take the next step in their careers, Executive MBA Programs are in a unique position to emphasize and nurture leadership. They recognize both the importance and value of leadership development for students, and the leadership development initiatives of EMBA Programs often help set them apart from other educational offerings.

How exactly do EMBA Programs approach leadership development? Leadership development activities can take many forms. Some common elements include:

  • Use of self-assessment tools to enhance self-awareness and a greater understanding of strengths and weaknesses
  • Emphasis on improving ‘soft’ skills such as communication, negotiation, and relationship building
  • Executive coaching
  • Leadership residencies and courses
  • Leadership programs

EMBA students often write their own leadership development or personal development plans that are tailored to meet their goals and objectives, maximize their strengths, and identify improvement areas.

To hone leadership skills, EMBA students may climb, ride a zip line, complete a wilderness experience, participate in workshops on special topics, such as working with boards of directors or dealing with the media, or converse with CEOs and take part in peer exchanges. The diversity of activities all support enhanced leadership skills.


Vice President
Morhard and Associates

Increasingly, EMBA Programs are investing in executive coaching to help their students uncover new insights and possibilities for behaving that expand leadership capabilities and accelerate career progress.

The coaching process offered Katherine Gronberg a framework for tackling the leadership challenges that she faces today. “I had a really positive experience,” says Gronberg, vice president of Morhard and Associates, a law firm that consults on federal government affairs.

“[My coach] gave me a set of tools that I can take and use as I encounter challenges. My career is about managing chaos constantly, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. When that happens, I look at what I can change and develop a plan to attack the most significant actions. I feel there was so much value in the coaching experience. I definitely continue to benefit.”