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Leadership: the Rotman Difference

Learn. Reflect. Apply. Become a powerful leader with the Rotman integrated leadership framework.

Your leading edge

The program will transform your strategic and operational capabilities and provide you with the leadership edge that will help accelerate your career in healthcare and the life sciences. Developed in partnership with an executive leadership expert, the leadership development program uses a comprehensive leadership model to help you clarify your ambitions and accelerate your professional growth, globally.

Personal leadership development plan

Delve  into your own capabilities through a highly personalized leadership program that combines group work with deep self-development insights and strategic know-how. Each student is encouraged to create a personal leadership development plan and follow it throughout the program in a process of learning, applying and reflecting. How you define your goals and your path to achieving them are key factors in your success.

“Rotman has done a tremendous and deliberate job in developing a network with all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. As a student and future leader, you will benefit from leveraging that network.”

— Heather Chalmers | President and CEO, GE Canada, MBA '04, Rotman School of Management

Leadership assessment

Receiving valuable feedback from a variety of sources is the cornerstone of personal development. We use a number of assessments to help you better understand your skills and heighten your self-awareness.

One-on-one coaching conversations

Your executive leadership coach will help you explore key areas of your personal leadership development plan and focus your attention on what is working well and what needs to change, based on your individual leadership goals, assessment and team feedback. How you define success, and your path to success, are key factors in building your plan.

Team effectiveness

Learning through your study teams is integral to your overall development of interpersonal acumen and emotional awareness. Gain critical knowledge and experience in team dynamics, and discover the actions you can take to achieve success as a high-performing team.

Global Executive MBA

Leadership retreat

During the leadership retreat, participants are given an opportunity to see themselves and their world through new lenses, recognizing that complexity, ambiguity and anxiety are opportunities for innovation, reinvention and renewal.

An experiential off-site workshop provides a powerful learning environment to allow you to gain insight into your patterns of behaviour and current ways of being, and take a courageous step toward achieving personal and professional transformation.

“Our leadership retreat was surprisingly enriching. It drove us to identify consistency in the narratives between our internal and external self.”

David Pickham, GEMBA-HLS '20 | Executive Director, Office of Research Patient Care Services, Stanford Health Care

HLS Leadership Network

Gain access to a wide network of leaders from different parts of the healthcare and life sciences sector through the HLS Leadership Network, an exclusive network of senior executives who have been carefully selected to reflect a variety of career and life experiences. The advisors will assist students with first-hand knowledge about specific industries, functions, business problems and most importantly, provide advice on their career options. Engage both in person and remotely with a variety of advisors, and tailor your studies to your own business and career learning objectives.

Speaker Series

The Rotman School is deeply engaged with the nearby business community, creating innovative partnerships in key sectors from life sciences to high tech to financial services. We share insights and ideas with a wider audience through special events, publications and speaker series.

Each year, Rotman is proud to host over 100 public talks by best-selling authors, senior management executives, award-winning journalists, and other business thought leaders. The real-world perspectives, insights, and inspiring stories shared by our speakers have an extraordinary impact on our students. As an EMBA student, you can explore the innovative thinking and research that energize our School, in areas ranging from digital transformation to behavioural economics to gender equity in the workplace.

View a full list of upcoming events

Gretchen Ruben speaks at one of our events, February 2018

Mastery Sessions

These workshop-style sessions focus on leadership skills and competencies to enhance the core leadership curriculum. Topics include:

  • The psychology of self-management
  • Resilience and the neuroscience of leadership
  • Leadership presence
  • Presentation skills: customized coaching and feedback
  • Global leadership and cultural fluency
  • Integrative dialogues (difficult interpersonal communications)
Our leadership retreat was surprisingly enriching. It drove us to identify consistency in the narratives between our internal and external self.pri

Drive Change: Global EMBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences

Drive change and impact patient value with a global executive MBA customized to the sector.

Key Facts


  • 18 months


  • Toronto
  • San Francisco Bay area
  • Singapore
  • London, UK and area


Blended learning with six residencies:

  • Three in Toronto
  • One in each of the other locations

Who should apply

  • Professionals from industry, care providers, service delivery organizations, consulting firms, public agencies, the sciences and payers in the healthcare and life sciences sectors around the world.

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