Leadership Development Program

Dates Application Deadline  
26 April - 15 May 2015
(3 weeks)
January 2015 
Program Cost
SR 125,000 or BD 12,500 payable by February 2015.
This amount includes full residential board at the Darden School of Business. 
Program Requirements
• Fluency in English
• A minimum of 3 years managerial work   experience 

The Program

Since its inception in 2010, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) has significantly contributed towards enhancing the leadership skills and potential of outstanding managers in the region. Darden Executive Education has again partnered with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance to design a three-week executive development program for outstanding managers from the Gulf region. The Leadership Development Program faculty team has created an impactful program based on action-oriented learning experiences and participant-centered classroom discussions.  

Through case study analysis, participants will explore actual business problems and solutions that will lead them to develop new ways of thinking about their own challenges. Learning team and class discussions offer an opportunity to practice influencing others, understanding differing viewpoints and thinking strategically.

Learning Approach

Practical Application

  • Simulations — incorporated to test new strategies and actively practice leadership skills.
  • Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI)© — a 360-degree assessment process and individual coaching sessions will provide participants a view of their leadership styles and clear goals for improvement.
  • A follow-up assessment and coaching are provided at the conclusion of theprogram in order to measure new leadership skills attained.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for outstanding managers with experience leading organizational entities or major project teams, and who are identified as having potential to be strategic leaders of their enterprise.

Benefits of Attending

  • Increased effectiveness as a result of examining personal leadership practices through 360-degree feedback and coaching.
  • Broadened business perspective and improved decision making as a result of a more comprehensive understanding of the total enterprise.
  • Improved capability to think and act more strategically, and to establish personal and organizational goals consistent with corporate strategy.
  • Certificate of completion is awarded to graduates of the program.


Leadership Development

  • Assessing Your Leadership Style
  • Becoming a Strategic Leader: Purpose, Process, People and Performance
  • Creating High-Performance Teams
  • Formulating a Personal Action Plan
  • Learning, Leading and Change
  • Personal and Team Engagement

Business Acumen and Enterprise Thinking

  • Creating Value Through Process
  • Marketing Your Competitive Advantage
  • Operational Alignment for Service Excellence
  • Organizational Excellence: Agenda to Action
  • Understanding the Total Enterprise

Strategic Management

  • Analyzing Industry and Global Competition
  • Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  • Building Stakeholder Commitment
  • Communicating Strategic Vision
  • Developing a Customer-Centric Mindset
  • Linking Strategy and Execution

Complete Program Information



Mr. Lou Centini
Managing Director
Darden Executive Education
Darden School of Business 
University of Virginia
100 Darden Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA

Office: +1-434-924-4848
Email: centinil@darden.virginia.edu

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