The Berkeley Executive Leadership Program
Realize your Full Potential as an Executive Leader
The Berkeley Executive Leadership Program is our flagship executive training program exclusively tailored for business leaders and executives ready to expand their capabilities to address their unique leadership challenges and drive growth in every corner of their organization.
This distinctive, globally-recognized executive training curriculum covers an unparalleled breadth and depth of topics such as personal leadership styles and strengths, advanced communication and decision-making, high-performance teams and culture, and disruptive innovation practices. As a participant, you will acquire—and master—a complete toolset of the most modern and practical leadership tools, skills, and frameworks to enable you to not only skillfully lead innovation and growth in your company but also to expand your leadership potential and even begin to reimagine what’s possible.
Are you a talented senior leader who has worked hard and succeeded but feels your full executive leadership potential remains untapped? What if you could find a way to harness your strengths and evolve your leadership and management skills to an even higher level—one that helps you take advantage of more leadership opportunities and finally make the impact you aspire to? How might this fundamentally change you, your company, and perhaps even the world?
For influential leaders looking to make a notable impact in a short period, the key to reaching the next level is to focus on advanced executive leadership training that not only enhances leadership qualities—but also magnifies innate talents, builds powerful new skills, and empowers a more strategic and effective approach to tackling business challenges head-on. This is why the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program was created.
Enjoy An Engaging Program Experience
Over five days, Faculty Director Dr. Maura O’Neill—Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business—along with other eminent faculty, will guide you through this powerful leadership development course packed with:
- Illuminating assessments
- Experiential projects
- Lively discussions
- And pragmatic assignments
You’ll also join a cohort of like-minded professionals and take advantage of valuable networking opportunities designed to enhance your executive leadership skills.
Prework: Hit the Ground Running
This is our most comprehensive and exclusive (by application only) leadership program that includes extensive networking opportunities, an Emotional Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360 Survey for yourself and 8-10 colleagues, a Personal Leadership Vision Assignment (to help you articulate your goals/leadership strategy), two productivity assessments + roughly 15 pre-readings spread out over each day of the program. Due to the nature of this prework, we highly recommend you apply and complete payment no later than 40 days prior to the class start date to ensure you have the best program experience.
These assessments will provide valuable insights into your strengths and opportunities for growth across five key areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and cognitive competencies.
Emerge As a More Effective, Value-Driven Leader
You will return to your workplace mindful of your value-driven leadership and enhanced leadership qualities with newfound, research-driven capabilities to unlock innovation and growth, create energy and urgency, and drive results.
Additionally, with advanced executive management skills, you will enhance company performance and inspire your team to set and achieve ambitious goals that accelerate both you and your organization’s continued success.
Who it's for
- Executives and senior leaders including CEOs and other C-suite leadership looking to level up their leadership skills
- Founders and entrepreneurs looking to establish strong leadership and innovation principles in their business
- Accomplished leaders seeking to drive growth in every corner of their organization
- Any director-level professional aspiring to make a bigger impact in their company and move into a larger leadership role
Want to approach your employer about professional development classes and request employer support? Read the Employer Payment Assistance Guide.
Format & Structure
- Five-day executive leadership development program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus
- World-class faculty-led program
- Pre-program exercises and 360 assessments to uncover leadership aspirations and attributes
- A strategic, personal leadership roadmap to implement when you return to work
- Exclusive networking reception with faculty and peers
- Access to the program alumni community
- Berkeley Executive Leadership Certificate of Completion
We recommend registering at least 3-4 weeks before the program start date due to pre-work assignments.
Program experience may be affected if you enroll after the recommended date. Please note: seating is limited and capacity may be reached prior to recommended reg date.
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Dates & Costs
Other Ways to Participate
Attend this program with a group of your colleagues.
Attend this program with colleagues to gain greater organizational impact. Groups of five or more receive special rates.
Customize this program for your organization.
Use this program's curriculum as the foundation of a program based on your company's unique objectives.
What people are saying
"It's a must. Not only do you learn from faculty, but you get to learn from participants that are in senior positions and you can also see from them how they see leadership in their industries. It was learning both from participants, guest speakers and faculty members."
"This has been an extremely useful course - abounding with tools and techniques presented by world-leading experts."
"This program is a thought-and action-provoking program focused on multiple facets of leadership and organizational best practices, grounded in contemporary research, and delivered through interactive exercises, simulations, case-studies, peer-to-peer consultation, as well as lectures. Top-notch faculty and industry leaders led the way...The environment was conducive to honest self-reflection and inspiration, and the structure of the program emphasized practical planning to implement best practices."
"This was a very transformational experience. This program is perfect for someone that's traditionally focused on operational excellence but trying to understand what leadership really means. Go in person, saturate yourself in the material, and be there with your whole self."
"The program met my (highest) expectations...The Berkeley Haas faculty and guest Speakers were of a high standard and the program had an appropriate balance between the 'practical' skills and 'theoretical' knowledge."
"The program exceeded my expectations. The balance of theory, real-world best practices, and time to develop practical personal leadership strategies for implementation was perfect."
"Maura did a great job bringing in a good mix of Academic experts as well as Industry professionals for all the topics. The course content was top notch."
"Before going to Berkeley, I wanted to better know my kind of leadership and how to enhance it. I also expected to meet great people, both among the faculty and the other students, who could help me in this. Both goals were attained thanks to the course; we have even set up the tools to keep in touch among the students. Another goal I had was to learn new concepts and tools that I could apply to my daily professional life. I learned very useful things based on recent research results, in particular about hiring processes and how to make teamwork more effective... the course has given me the push to really pursue my objectives day after day."
"This is one of the best leadership programs that I have attended. I am currently enrolled in the Business Excellence Certificate Program. This program has been life-changing and rewarding. This also has helped me improve overall results in my career and personal life. This program is simply amazing with an exceptional teaching staff."
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Applying to the program is simple:
- Click on the "apply" button on the program page
- Create an account or log in to our customer portal
- Complete the online application form. You'll need the following
- A professional bio
- A link to your LinkedIn profile
- Information about your organizational structure
- Our program services team will follow-up with you after reviewing your application
We know that time away from the office is precious, so we work hard to make our program experiences as productive and valuable as possible. Our programs span full business days starting between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. with lunch served in the classroom and short breaks throughout the day.
Approximately 1-2 hours of evening activities and preparation for the next day are required for some programs. Please download the program guide for more detail.
Our programs are non-degree programs and do not hold any credit unit equivalency, letter grades, pass/fail designation, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or transcripts. Rather, we provide a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.
To qualify for a certificate of completion, a participant must meet the minimum requirements as noted for each program and maintaining at least 80% attendance/engagement.
Yes. Enrollment is available to global participants, but visa requirements may apply. Proficiency in written and spoken English at a level that allows full engagement and participation in a program is recommended.
For most international participants, a B1/B2 visa—for participation in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars—is required for entry into the United States to attend a program with us.
Requesting and receiving a visa takes time and we recommend beginning the process three or four months in advance of the start date of a program.
You can ask your Program Manager to prepare an invitation letter to help with your visa application. It is important to emphasize that the visit is for business purposes.
The Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens or nationals from select countries. Check the Department of State website to determine your eligibility and learn about the waiver process.
The list of countries sanctioned by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control currently includes: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Ukraine-Crimea Region, plus the addition of Russia for Berkeley Executive Education at this time.
Lecturer | Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Haas School of Business
Acting Dean | Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management | Co-Director of Berkeley Center for Workplace Culture and Innovation, Haas School of Business
Lecturer | Executive-in-Residence, Haas School of Business
Associate Professor | Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy & Values | Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, Haas School of Business
Lecturer, Haas School of Business
Certificate of Completion
Signal your professional achievement to your network and get recognized for your completion! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants that you are encouraged to add to your profiles.
Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you directly. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Certificate of Business Excellence
Participants in the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) program will earn a mark of distinction from a world-class university, gain access to a powerful global network, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years. A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence allows individuals to create a personal learning journey structured by our four academic pillars to gain management essentials in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Finance to drive both personal and organizational development.