Emerging Leaders Program

Preparing talents for effective and responsible leadership

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Start date Oct 22, 2024
End date Nov 29, 2024
Duration 8 Days
Location Milano
Format Class
Language English
Price (+ VAT) € 9.500

Main Goal

High-potentials assigned to their first significant leadership role need to prove themselves to their superiors, their teams, and peers. Succeeding requires a profound change in both skills and mindset: from a talent who delivers value individually to a leader who creates value with and through others. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to enable you to manage this critical transition and realize your full leadership potential.

Two leading European management schools - SDA Bocconi and ESMT Berlin - joint forces and offer the ELP as an opportunity to learn from distinguished faculty, build a network across national, sectorial and organizational boundaries, and prepare you for your future as a leader.


In the first module, delivered at ESMT Campus Berlin, you will develop insights and acquire tools to help you deal with the multifaceted context in which leadership plays out when effective leadership requires actively managing up, down, and laterally. In the second module, delivered on campus of SDA Bocconi’s School of Management in Milan, you will reflect on the responsibilities you have accepted as a future leader. Through intense interactions with faculty and peers, you will explore the psychological and ethical foundations of leadership and work on preparing a foundation for your own individual path to leadership. In addition to the two modules, faculty lead online sessions (announced during module 1) and peer coaching will enhance learning, exchange, and the development of a network that will become a useful resource beyond your Emerging Leaders Program sessions.


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Who is it for

The program is for managers who have recently been appointed to leadership positions or high potentials preparing for their first significant leadership role. The program is designed for participants with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.

Program Counseling

To help you understand if the content of the Program matches your expectations, and to help you choose the best course considering your profile and objectives, you can contact a Program Advisor for an interview.

Please write to Olesea Ciumasolesea.ciumas@sdabocconi.it

Structure & Topics Covered

The Emerging Leaders Programs will take place over the course of two modules (plus 4 intermodular sessions online). 


1. The context of leadership (ESMT Campus Berlin)

  • Understanding the company behind the organization chart
  • Creating value through downward, upward, and lateral management
  • Motivating self and others
  • Exploring adaptive leadership styles
  • Leading teams with social identity
  • Building an effective network


2. Online intermodular sessions and peer coaching


3. Personal Leadership Skills (SDA Bocconi Campus Milano)

  • Leadership transitions and self-development
  • Leading diverse and inclusive teams
  • Understanding organizational culture and shaping team culture
  • Communicating as a leader
  • Ethical and psycological foundations of leadership


The Networking aperitivo & dinner are informal chances to get to know other people in the course.



Download the brochure to find out more about the expected learning outcomes, the learning model and the Faculty of the course.

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Why join us?

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Benefits for the participant

  • Gain greater awareness and confidence in your new leadership role
  • Develop a broad vision that fits your leadership aspiration
  • Enhance effectiveness and value relationships with superiors and colleagues

Benefits for you company

  • Train high potentials for cutting-edge corporate leadership
  • Boost the best talents and retain them
  • Facilitate the transmission and sharing of organizational values



Join the Bocconi Alumni Community

By taking part to the Emerging Leaders program you will join the Bocconi Alumni Community. You will be put in contact with people who have received a degree from the Bocconi University and the Business School. You will have access to an international network of more than 120,000 members from 110 countries and you will be able to participate in the main activities organized by the Community. www.bocconialumni.it


Digital badges

The digital badges are an innovative and immediate way to share your achievements. They are verifiable and associated with an individual user. They allow you to update your network of contacts by highlighting the different steps reached in your SDA Bocconi journey.

Certificate of participation

The certificate – presented in both print and digital forms – is a useful way to enhance your CV and portfolio of educational experiences. It is granted to participants who have attended at least 80% of the lessons.


Program Agenda

8 days (64 equivalent hours), from 22 October to 29 November 2024.


22-25 Oct 2024


ESMT Campus Berlin



4 sessions

(dates to be announced in module 1)



27-29 Nov 2024


SDA Bocconi Campus Milan



Program Location

On-campus training will take place at:

ESMT Berlin Campus: Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin – Germany

SDA Bocconi School of Management: Via Sarfatti 10, 20136 Milan (Italy)



€ 9.500 (+VAT) fee includes educational materials and working lunches, but not VAT. A maximum number of participants is pre-determined. You can reserve and register online on the program’s web page.


Special Payment Terms

A 10% reduction on the program fees offered to applications sent in by 23  August 2024. The final deadline for enrollment is 2 October 2024. Enrollment requests are reviewed on a rolling basis, those received after the final deadline may not be accepted.

For further information and details on discounts, please refer to: www.sdabocconi.it/special-payment-terms


Apply ASAP

You can apply for the Program until the day before it is due to start. For organizational reasons, we encourage you to complete your registration process 10 days before the Program begins.

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