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Transform into a more effective, thoughtful and resilient leader. Tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges, this program will help you emerge with a fresh, personal and introspective approach to leadership and decision-making that characterizes all great leaders.


Become a more effective, thoughtful and resilient leader. Rotman’s Executive Leadership program is a highly personalized leadership development program tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges.

This fast-paced, demanding and powerful program integrates cutting-edge academic research with a focus on your personal leadership style and technique.

This eight-month leadership journey includes:

  • A five-day in-class intensive
  • A 360° leadership assessment
  • A webinar
  • Two one-on-one executive coaching sessions
  • A post-in-class intensive leadership session
  • A short 360 progress tracker
  • Membership in a personal advisory board

Dates of pre and post in-class intensive development activities including the 360° assessment, coaching sessions, and debriefs are all scheduled at your convenience.

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Rotman's Executive Leadership Program Model

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Throughout the program you will craft your own leadership development agenda, which will feed into your personal development plan. Upon completion of the program you will have a deeper understanding of what it takes to lead effectively, as well as an action plan for being a more effective leader.

You will emerge with a fresh approach to leadership and decision-making that characterizes all great leaders.

When effective leadership happens, it happens at all levels. It reaches the head with a clear sense of direction, a compelling vision, a purpose that gives meaning to work.  But it also reaches the heart, to the essence of who we are as humans with a set of values that make us feel that our work contributes to making us a better person.

Jim Fisher | Academic Director
University of Toronto

Key Benefits

Unlike typical leadership programs, Rotman’s Executive Leadership is not a reiteration of current best practices. We focus instead on your personal leadership development.

As a result of this program you will:

  • Think differently about leadership challenges and responsibilities
  • Develop a more conscious and intentional manner of leading
  • Realize a critical synthesis of management, leadership and engagement
  • Integrate self-awareness and personal power
  • Cultivate a high-performance work culture through strategy, structures and systems
  • Benefit from coaching sessions with highly accredited and experienced leadership coaches

We place unparalleled emphasis on strengthening your leadership capabilities before, during and after the in-class intensive component of the program. By devoting time to addressing and practicing crucial leadership skills, we focus on helping you develop the capabilities you need in order to respond effectively to the challenges of leading in turbulent times.

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NEW: To provide you with additional feedback on their progress, we use a short 360˚ follow-up assessment. Those who completed the first 360˚ exercise are asked to complete a five-minute survey providing feedback specifically addressing two or three of your goals or capabilities you’ve chosen to improve. The one page report you receive provides measured assessment of behavior changes and allows you to identify and evaluate your progress while enhancing your personal development.

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Our intensive programs deliver skills and present new theories in a timely and applicable fashion to busy professionals. Rotman’s Executive Leadership program provides a more complex array of benefits, however. This program can change the way you think about and engage in the act of leadership.

That kind of change takes time – time to reflect and consider how you perceive the world, how you make assumptions about management and leadership, and how you consider alternative ways to practice them. The Executive Leadership program provides you with one of the most valuable tools a leader can possess: a new way to think about leadership.


This program has been approved for 50 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Who Should Attend

Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program is designed for senior-level executives of people/teams. Leaders who are looking for insights, knowledge and tools to become more effective leaders and advance themselves in their leadership journey will greatly benefit. 

Participants should have

  • 10+ years’ experience
  • A team of direct reports

This program is well suited for executives from a range of industries across the corporate, government and non-profit sectors such as:

  • Corporate directors and officers
  • Divisional vice-presidents
  • Executive directors of associations and NGOs
  • Experienced public administrators in federal, provincial and municipal government
  • General managers and branch managers
  • National, regional and international business unit managers
  • Professional services executives
  • Senior managers of crown corporations


Some of the topics that will be covered include:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
  • Integrative Thinking™
  • Leadership-in-Action 9-Box Framework™
  • Resilience
  • Capabilities
  • Strategy
  • Resilience
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Collaboration
Day 4 Day 5
  • Resilience
  • Applied Leadership
  • Writing
  • Resilience
  • Executive Communication
  • Personal Action Plans

Each day will begin with a focus on mindful leadership, enhancing your resilience, compassion and creativity in your leadership role.


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Building Leaders—An Inside Look at Executive Leadership

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Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in Rotman's Executive Leadership Program

Jim Fisher

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Rose Patten

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Nouman Ashraf

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Stéphane Côté

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Stefanie Schram

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Julie McCarthy

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John Oesch

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Become a more effective, thoughtful and resilient leader. Apply to Executive Leadership now

Fee: $11,200 CAD + HST

The program fee includes tuition, all program materials and leaders' toolkit, class-day meals, program reception and networking dinner, two one-hour post-program executive coaching sessions, 360° assessment and debriefs, post-program breakfast and webinars and a personal program advisor.

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A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first.

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Payment and Fee Reduction


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the program tuition. In addition, partner discounts are also offered for some programs. Where program applicants are eligible for more than one discount, only the greater discount will be applied towards the tuition fee. Discounts are not redeemable for cash.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant reimburses employers two thirds of the training costs of their employees.

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*Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs. Participants requiring accommodation during the program are eligible for preferred Rotman rates at select hotels. For more information contact an Executive Programs representative at

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Dates and FeesMark your calendar

A 5-day intensive program and multiple check-ins over an 8-month period


October 15–19, 2018

+ 1/2 day follow-up and graduation


Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
Senior-level professionals


$11,200 CAD + HST


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Questions? We're here to help!
Speak to our expert Learning Advisor about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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