Our uniquely designed Stanford LEAD program curriculum infuses research-based methods with social and experiential learning to catapult you into an immersive learning experience that challenges you to maximize your growth and potential.

The Learning Model

The full strength of Stanford Graduate School of Business is behind the design and development of the LEAD program curriculum, bridging research-based curriculum with real-time practical application. Our flexible path to learning blends academically rigorous coursework with a customized approach to course selection — to help each of our leaders reach their goals. The LEAD program curriculum and course projects will inspire dynamic collaboration with your peers, which will enrich the material and provide perspective across industries, specializations, and global cultures. Actionable feedback from course facilitators will challenge you to apply leadership and business frameworks to optimize your daily operations and see immediate, high-impact results.

Design Your Learning Journey

Stanford LEAD develops principled and purposeful leaders with an innovation mindset. These leaders are effective in addressing and navigating the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in fostering and implementing change within their organizations.

Master the Foundations: The LEAD program curriculum begins with a core series of four foundation courses. Through proven frameworks and techniques, these courses will set you up with the right foundations of leadership for strategic, financially viable, and logical decision making to drive the right initiatives forward in your organization, successfully.

Define Your Own Path: Develop your skillset with five elective courses of your choosing — courses that target your professional objectives, fill gaps in knowledge and expertise, and enable you to turn your learnings into action for real-time impact. 

Earn Your Stanford GSB Professional Certificate and Stay Connected

Due to our high-touch support model and selective admission process, Stanford LEAD is proud to report an average completion rate of 95%.

Upon program completion, you will receive a Stanford GSB Professional Certificate in two formats:

  • A certified electronic version that may be posted on your social networks
  • A printed version for display

Additionally, you will receive CEUs, which may be used in meeting professional recertification requirements or to qualify for professional development or tuition reimbursement programs.

You will also have the opportunity to stay connected with the LEAD community for lifelong learning through exclusive invitations to speaker sessions and special events, as well as self-organized local and global events. 


Marineh Lalikian

Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program
Executive Education

+1 (650) 736-7901