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Rotman's Executive Leadership Program

Take the lead.

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.


Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program is a highly personalized leadership development program designed to turn you into a more effective, thoughtful and resilient leader. Tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges, this fast-paced, demanding and powerful program integrates cutting-edge academic research with real-time leadership issues. You will emerge with a fresh approach to leadership and decision-making that characterizes all great leaders.

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 and 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.

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.

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
Program Academic Director

Who Should Attend

Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program is designed for mid- to senior-level managers of people/teams who are looking for insights, knowledge and tools to become more effective leaders and advance themselves in their leadership journey. Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years’ work experience and a team of direct reports.

Participants will come from a broad range of industries, including the corporate, government and non-profit sectors. The program is well suited for: 

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

Key Benefits

This program is different from typical leadership programs. It is not a reiteration of current best practices.It is about personal leadership development. Our program focuses on helping you develop the capabilities required to respond effectively to the challenges of leading in our turbulent times. We place an unparalleled emphasis on strengthening leadership capabilities before, during and after the in-class intensive. Time is devoted to addressing and practicing crucial leadership skills, including mindfulness and wellness, helping you redefine what success looks like for you. 

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

NEW: The short 360° follow up assessment is intended to provide participants with additional feedback on the progress made on their Individual Development Plan (IDP). The raters of the first 360° exercise will be asked to complete a five minute survey giving feedback specific to the two or three developmental goals or capabilities that participants would have been working on following the ELP experience.  Participants will then be given a one page report to enable them to evaluate their progress on the competencies that they have chosen to work on. This value added exercise is a measured way of assessing behaviour changes, identifying progress and enhancing personal development.

Leadership at Rotman

We believe that intensive programs can deliver skills and present new theories. However, Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program is doing something even more complex. We are changing the way people think about and engage in the act of leadership. It takes time to reflect and consider how you perceive the world, how you make assumptions about management and leadership and how you consider alternatives to practice them. Rotman provides leaders with a new way to think about these concepts.

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).


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Some of the topics that will be covered include:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
  • Building Integrative Thinking™ Capacity
  • Leadership-in-Action 9-Box Framework™
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Defining Leadership Capabilities
  • Executive Communication
  • How Strategy Really Works



Day 4 Day 5
  • Team Work and Collaboration
  • Leadership-in-Action 9-Box Framework (cont'd.)
  • Dialogue with Leaders (panel discussion)
  • Integrative Thinking Tools and Integration
  • Personal Leadership Development Action Plans



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


Read a first-hand account of this program experience.

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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.

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.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.


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. 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.

*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

Dates and FeesMark your calendar

A 5-day intensive program and multiple touch points over an 8-month period


2017 Offering: October 16–20, 2017
+ 1/2 day follow-up and graduation

2018 Offering: May 7-11, 2018
+ 1/2 day follow-up and graduation

Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario

Participant profile: mid- to senior-level professionals

Fee: $11,200 CAD + HST

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Tel: 416.978.6586

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