Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders (Online)

Companies across every industry are facing complex organizational challenges that require the rapid development of new and agile leaders. More than ever before, emerging leaders must quickly learn and deploy core management skills, develop a broad strategic perspective, take their leadership skills to the next level, and expand their professional and personal networks.

Presented over three months, this intensive fully online program is designed to help new managers master core business concepts and build key skills in six subject areas, including leadership, strategy, marketing, communication, and negotiation. Participants will gain a cross-functional view through sessions led by instructors specializing in each subject area and through project-based learning.

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded. The online version of Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders is a condensed version of the on-campus program.

Program Benefits

  • Master the core business areas every manager needs to know
  • Build organizational, team management, and networking skills
  • Understand how managers interact across business functions
  • Improve your collaboration and presentation skills
  • Develop a project that addresses an organizational challenge
  • Build peer support for your team's projects
  • Identify your operational and strategic gaps
  • Discuss leadership challenges and strategies with peers
  • Map your personal leadership and learning journey
  • Expand your professional and personal networks

Topics Covered

Develop a solid understanding of the core business areas every manager should know. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation

This fully online program also serves as a gateway to other Professional Development Programs at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education, where you can build on your foundation and develop advanced skills in key areas. After successfully completing this online program, you become eligible for a 20 percent discount on future open-enrollment programs.

Who Should Enroll

This online program is ideal for aspiring or new managers who are looking to rapidly increase their management skills and strategic perspective, take on additional responsibility, and seek to be effective in their organization. This offering is also appropriate for individuals who wish to gain an understanding of high-level business concepts in an intensive format.

Active program participation during all three months is required for successful program completion

Note: The online version of Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders is a condensed version of the on-campus program.

Program Information

Program Dates

June 7–August 9, 2021
Instructor Areen Shahbari, Eugene B. Kogan, Jill Abruzese Slye, Julie Jungalwala, Phil Swisher
September 13–November 18, 2021
Instructor Areen Shahbari, Eugene B. Kogan, Julie Jungalwala, Pamela Rucker, William Ellet

Class Times

Times Vary

Program Fee

2021 Program Fee: $4,390


Online (Zoom)


Phil Swisher is the founder and CEO of Trevian Wealth Management, one of 12 experts who advise the Governor of Massachusetts on innovation, and a mentor for Techstars.
Previously, he was the global head of innovation and a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman. Swisher also led a startup financed by the Kraft Group that focused on commodities trading and risk management, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 
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Pamela Rucker brings more than 25 years of experience helping executives to understand their business drivers, and to develop solutions that increase their bottom line. She has worked in diverse industries, and her expertise and leadership philosophy have been instrumental in providing solutions that add significant value to corporate profitability.

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Jill Abruzese Slye has nearly 30 years of business experience in sales, management, communications, public speaking, career event planning, and employer relations. As a Harvard University Extension School graduate, Jill was elected and inducted into the Phi Beta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

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Julie M. Jungalwala, founder of the Institute for the Future of Learning and an advisor to entrepreneurial students at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, has over 15 years experience as a leadership consultant, trainer, and coach working with a range of for-profit and nonprofit clients across the United States and Europe. As a learning and development consultant at Harvard University, Julie was the recipient of the Harvard Hero award for outstanding contributions to the University. Her recent book, The Human Side of Changing Education, was published by Corwin Press in 2018.

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William Ellet is a Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Business, teaching critical thinking, writing, and speaking. He facilitates Harvard Business Publishing Case Method Training Seminars and gives webinars on studying cases and giving presentations for Harvard Extension's undergraduate business students.

As an independent consultant, Ellet teaches workshops on case method teaching and learning and case writing at universities, primarily in Latin America, and for LASPAU, a nonprofit dedicated to improving university teaching in Latin America. He also consults with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, helping them build their case libraries for both academic and professional education.

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Areen Shahbari is a social entrepreneur, a business consultant, and a lecturer on entrepreneurship, strategic management, marketing, and effective communication at Harvard University Extension School and Simmons School of Business. She provides consulting services to local and international entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies, leads travel courses that focus on women leadership and entrepreneurship, serves on business and entrepreneurship panels, and leads workshops and training on networking, negotiation, entrepreneurship, communicating across cultures, and persuasion. Shahbari has taught in the United States, Chile, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Cactus Int., a company that she founded in 2013 to promote women entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

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Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., elevates leaders by coaching them to think like negotiators. He teaches about power dynamics in negotiation and leadership at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs and conducts research at Harvard Business School. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program, he recently concluded his five-year term as the inaugural Research and Executive Director of Harvard University’s American Secretaries of State Project.

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