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Develop Your Leadership,
Empower Your Team

The success of a company and its ability to maintain its competitive edge depends fundamentally on the talent of its people. Discover how to improve your leadership skills – identifying your strengths and weaknesses – and empower the individuals and teams in your organization to reach their full potential.


  • Invigorate your leadership style through enhanced self-management
  • Cultivate a coaching style that inspires, motivates and mobilizes others
  • Acquire the requisite mindset and frameworks to spearhead change and spark positive organizational transformation


The “Developing Leadership Competencies” program is structured around the following topics:


  • Self-Leadership and Purpose
  • Personality Assessment (Test: TCI-R)
  • Cognitive Styles and Preferences (Test: Self-Assessment Exercise)
  • Leadership Competencies (Test: IESE 360º)
  • Global Assessment Overview


  • Personal and Professional Career
  • Self-Leadership Strategies
  • Relational Leadership
  • Developing Your Action Plan


  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Managing Interpersonal Conflict
  • High-Performance Teams
  • Talent Development


  • Creating Leadership Contexts
  • Organizational Governance
  • Full Leadership (Personal, Interpersonal and Organizational)
  • Program Conclusions and Wrap-Up

Is This Program Right for You?

The “Developing Leadership Competencies” program is designed for general managers and senior executives, as well as for human resource professionals who seek to advance leadership competencies that improve personal and organizational effectiveness.


The “Developing Leadership Competencies” program combines a variety of dynamic learning methodologies – interactive lectures, personal coaching, role-play, workshops and case studies, among them – that work in tandem to enhance leadership performance.

Prior to the program, you will assess your personality type and leadership competencies, including a 360-degree feedback evaluation. You will keep a learning log during the program and participate in one-on-one coaching sessions to help you design an individualized improvement plan.

In order to benefit fully from the course, reading the academic material that will be provided two weeks prior to the start date is essential.


The faculty of the “Developing Leadership Competencies” program is made up of professionals who are involved not only in teaching but in research and the business world:

Alberto Ribera | IESE Business School Alberto Ribera (Academic Director)
Professor of the Practice of Management of Managing People in Organizations
Doctor of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
PhD in Economics, UIC (Barcelona)
Specialist in Social and Preventive Medicine (Mental Health), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Certificate in Personality Assessment, University of Minnesota
At IESE he teaches the MBA course “Personality and Leadership”, which received the 2009 IESE Award for Excellence. He also teaches the Global Executive MBA course “Managing Oneself”; and executive courses on self-leadership, relationship management and executive coaching. He has been invited as visiting professor or guest speaker at universities and business schools of more than 20 different countries and at international conferences like the World Economic Forum. He has taught courses for Enel, Banco di Napoli, Telecom Italia, Saint Gobain, The Arab Contractors, Egypt Telecom, Enrst&Young, Hewlett Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers and other firms. He is a board member of the Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (Rome) and other not-for-profit institutions.
Sebastien Brion | IESE Business SchoolSebastien Brion
Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations
PhD and MS in Organizational Behavior, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
BS in Psychology from Tufts University
His research focuses mainly on how individuals’ interpersonal perceptions affect organizational features such as power, alliance formation and decision making. His experience includes consulting for organizations on human resources and social media. Born in Belgium, he has lived in the United States, Canada and Spain, where he studied Spanish and psychology at the Universidad de Salamanca.
Yih-Teen Lee | IESE Business SchoolYih-Teen Lee
Professor of Managing People in Organizations
PhD in Management, HEC, University of Lausanne
Master in International Business, National Taiwan University
Bachelor in International Trade, National Taiwan University
He teaches subjects such as leadership, cross-cultural management, and strategic human resource management in MBA as well as executive programs. Prior to IESE, he taught at HEC University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Angers Graduate School of Business ESSCA (France), the American Graduate School of International Management Thunderbird Europe (France), and Lung-Hua University of Science and Technology (Taiwan, R.O.C.).
One of Prof. Lee’s papers on culture and the person environment fit, titled “Satisfaction and Individual Preference for Structuring: What is Fit Depends on Where You Are From,” won the Best International Paper Award of the Organizational Behavior Division at the 2006 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, and was one of the three finalists of the academy-wide Carolyn Dexter Award.
John Almandoz | IESE Business SchoolJohn Almandoz
Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations
PhD in Organizational Behavior, Harvard University
MA in Sociology, Harvard University
MBA, Southern Methodist University
BA in Economics, University of Dallas
John Almandoz is associate professor in the department of Managing People in Organizations. His background includes experience in actuarial consulting, corporate banking, and management of non-profit organizations. He earned a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Harvard Business School /Harvard University, from where he also obtained a master’s degree in sociology. His research on founding boards of directors of community banks has been published in top journals in his field. He teaches courses in MBA, executive MBA, and global executive MBA programs, on leadership and organizational behavior, HR, and self-management and is academic director of the New York campus of IESE Business School.
Álvaro San Martín
Assistant Professor of Managing People in Organizations
Phd in Management (Organizational Behavior), INSEAD
MSc Business Administration, INSEAD
BA in Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Álvaro San Martín is an Assistant Professor of the Managing People in Organizations Department at IESE Business School. His background includes working experience in finance, consulting, and managing non-profit organizations. Alvaro also worked at IESE as a researcher and an Executive MBA participant before joining the doctoral program at INSEAD. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Management, with a specialization in Organizational Behavior. Alvaro had majored in Economics as class valedictorian at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Admission Process
The program has a four-step admission process:

  1. Participants must complete and submit the online application (Barcelona or Madrid).
  2. The Executive Education Department will contact the participant by email to acknowledge receipt of the application. It will also provide information about the program dates, sending of prior study materials and the bank details needed to pay tuition.
  3. The participant pays tuition (payment must be made before the start of the course and before prior study materials are sent). This is an essential prerequisite for participating in the program.
  4. Two weeks before the start of the program, participants will receive an email with a username giving them access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, where initial study materials will be available.



  • General fee: *(pending AY 20-21 update)
  • IESE members fee: *(pending AY 20-21 update)
  • Executive education Certificate fee: additional 5% discount on the general or membership fee.


  • General fee: *(pending AY 20-21 update)
  • IESE members fee: *(pending AY 20-21 update)
  • Executive education Certificate fee: additional 5% discount on the general or membership fee.

The program fee is tax-exempt and includes academic materials and lunches. It does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

The program requires preparatory coursework, which will be made available three weeks before the start date. Payment is required in order to access this material. Check the cancellation policy below.

Spaces are limited and filled in strict order of registration.

Do you know about our corporate agreements and fees for multiple registrations? Feel free to ask us.

We have negotiated special fees for our participants in these hotels near to Barcelona and Madrid campus:

AC Victoria Suites (Marriot) 4*Sansi Pedralbes 4*Abba Garden 4*Meliá Sarriá Barcelona 5*Upper Diagonal 4*, EXE Moncloa 4*EUROSTAR Zarzuela Park 4*AC Aravaca 4*Melia Princesa 5*Trip España 4*.

Arranging Payment
We accept payments by credit card, check or wire. Checks should be made payable to IESE USA Inc (this option is only available for New York’s edition). For more payment information, please reference your invoice.

Payment Deadline
After the initial deposit, the balance of the tuition is due no later than 2 months prior to the start of the program (only for New York’s edition).

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the program fee. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition of the program or to change the dates up to 20 days prior to its start. IESE is under no circumstances responsible for travel expenses incurred. Participants should consider travel cancellation coverage in the exceptional event that the program is cancelled or that participants are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.

Fee Reimbursement
We urge you to explore, and take advantage of, fee reimbursement that some companies offer to their employees. Please contact us if you need assistance coordinating with your company.


December 1-4, 2020
(dates TBC)

June 2021
(dates TBC)


IESE Barcelona
Executive Education
+34 93 253 42 00
How to arrive

IESE Madrid
Executive Education
(+34) 91 211 3132 / 3199
How to arrive


  • Testimonial

    “I found the Developing Leadership Competencies program especially impactful in how it not only focused on helping me better understand my own strengths and weaknesses and skills I could develop but added a component focused on the ways we are motivated and why we do the work we do. By adding in the 1:1 executive coaching experience the course has had a lasting impact on how I lead”.




  • IESE offers you the opportunity of designing a personalized development plan. With the support of an academic adviser, you will ll select at least four focused programs that address your unique interests and learning objectives. Once completed, you will receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate and become elegible to join IESE’s Alumni Association.

    Contact an adviser – Learn more about our Focused Programs portfolio and the ones that best reflect your development needs.

     Request the Executive Education Certificate – If you have already completed four or more programs and meet the requirements, you can apply for your certificate here.

  • IESE’s Executive Education Certificate offers a series of key benefits:

     Professional guidance with an IESE adviser.

    5% discount on any future focused program.

     Possibility of becoming a member of the Alumni Association, which delivers a broad array of exclusive benefits, ranging from professional support services to access to more than 300 Alumni learning sessions per year. Delivered around the world, sessions are a chance to learn and build your network.

  • To receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate you must meet the following requirements:

    Complete at least four focused programs (in English or Spanish).

    Programs must be completed within three years.

    Programs should amount to a minimum of 13 days of learning. You can view the focused programs calendar here for a list of available programs.


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