Management Development Program: High-Performance Leadership

  • Follow the journey of participants during the Management Development Program as they share what they’ve learned and how it will impact their careers moving forward.

  • Business, like fortune, favors the bold: ambitious executives who embrace challenges as growth opportunities and respond to uncertainty with new paths to profit. To constantly improve corporate performance and maintain critical competitive advantages, top-notch managers must continually enhance every aspect of their leadership skills.  

  • At a Glance

    To become a next-generation leader, you'll need to engage your personal strengths as well as the full suite of managerial skills. Darden's Management Development Program readies participants to take on increasing executive responsibilities, broadens their knowledge and prepares them to act.

    The Program

    Adopt an enterprise leadership perspective and drive your business into the future. You'll study cases of market-leading businesses for their competitive advantage strategies, weaving concepts from financial management, marketing, talent management and operational excellence into solutions for your own organization. You'll learn how to use key performance indicators to guide growth against industry benchmarks and practice the team leadership skills, including change management, to create a culture of high performance and long-term employee and customer satisfaction. During an application workshop, you'll identify a current business challenge, directly apply your learnings, and leave with an executable plan. A personalized leadership assessment and mind/body wellness intensive will reveal the character strengths and lifestyle habits that will drive your development.

    Where You'll Excel

    • Broaden your understanding of every aspect of your business, from accounting and finance to marketing to technology and operations, so you are prepared to lead all of them.
    • Learn strategies to manage the most complex challenges facing businesses today, including organizational change, a fluctuating international economy, and competition from established players as well as new market niches.
    • Consider the best practices used by your global network of peers during their business challenges and opportunities to apply them to your own.
    • Practice the daily habits of whole-enterprise leaders.
    • Uncover the connection between wellness and performance.

    Schedule & Topics

    MDP covers all aspects of management, including accounting, finance, technology, operations, competition, strategy, marketing, the international economy and organizational change.

    Session topics include:

    • Thinking Strategically
    • Assessing Industry and Competitive Forces
    • Assessing Corporate Capabilities
    • Executing Strategy
    • Gaining and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
    • Financial Management and Performance
    • Value Creation at the Firm Level
    • Key Performance Metrics
    • Managing Critical Resources
    • Operational Excellence
    • Marketing Strategy
    • Create a Market and Customer Orientation
    • Leadership and Change Management
    • Building a High-Performance Culture
    • Leading Teams for Success
    • Talent Management
    • Wellness and Management Success



    You'll walk away from the Management Development Program with:

    • A cross-disciplinary perspective to guide your decisions during management challenges
    • A customized program of actions and goals to supercharge your personal and professional development in tandem with your organization
    • A new mindset that effortlessly integrates big picture strategy with departmental objectives
    • A portfolio of proven corporate strategies to grow profits, improve efficiencies, inspire employees, and promote conversation among stakeholders
    • Hands-on experience analyzing the key performance indicators you must track for organizational growth
    • An international network of executive peers whose shared expertise and connections will enrich your organization and career


    This program is designed for middle-management executives with high potential for senior management positions. It is recommended for results-oriented experiential learners with an established history of strategic thinking and strong communication skills. The Management Development Program will especially benefit individuals preparing to move from business unit to organization-wide responsibilities and organizations willing to broaden their perspectives of effective business and leadership.



    Paul J. Simko

    Associate Dean of the MBA for Executives Program; Associate Professor of Business Administration
    A certified public accountant, Simko has taught MDP since 2005. He formerly worked as a senior analyst for Citicorp and as a tax consultant. He has taught financial accounting (including "Accounting for Managers") for nearly 20 years and has also taught Darden Executive Education courses and consulted for numerous organizations, including NASA, Genworth, Unum, AES Corporation, Advance Auto Parts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



    Robert L. Carraway

    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Carraway has taught quantitative analysis to all levels of business students for nearly three decades. He has also taught Darden Executive Education courses across four continents, designing many of the programs himself to cover topics ranging from decision analysis, risk management and operations management to budgeting, information technology, and strategy and leadership. A consultant for numerous companies, he has also served as an associate dean at Darden and as faculty director and community liaison for the Batten Institute.



    Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration
    Hutchison-Krupat's area of focus is innovation strategy and its implementation. His research covers how resource allocation processes affect an organization's ability to innovate, the use of performance metrics in collaborative innovation, and the effect of incentives and tolerance for failure on managerial decision making. He holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



    Michael Lenox

    Samuel L. Slover Research Professor of Business; Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Batten Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Recognized a top strategy professor, Lenox has been widely published and cited - in academic journals as well as mainstream news media - for his expertise in innovation, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Founder and president of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability based at Darden, Lenox is a thought leader on the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment.



    June West

    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    West serves as a University faculty liaison to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute.  She also directs a Darden faculty team that teaches in the summer orientation program for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program that places active-duty military officers in corporations for a one-year fellowship. As a communication consultant, West has worked with executives in a variety of organizations, universities and public school districts.

    Joseph Harder

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Harder teaches in the Organizational Behavior area at the Darden School. His research interests include distributive and procedural justice in organizations, the effects of perceived injustice on individual performance, determinants of individual and organizational performance, pay-for-performance systems and perceptions and effects of leadership. Harder has taught executive education in the United States, Asia, Europe and Central and South America.

    Faculty for Optional Wellness Component:

    Jolene H. Bodily

    Wellness Program Coordinator, Darden School; Health Risk Reduction Services Coordinator, UVA Health System
    A registered dietician with a Master of Public Health, Bodily develops and delivers health, fitness and nutrition interventions and programs for public and corporate clients, including school systems and nursing homes. An award-winning author, her "Sleep. Eat. Exercise. Rejuvenate." framework helps executives enhance physical and mental energy, focus and stamina.

    Location & Accommodations

    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Tuition & Certificates

    $22,995 covers materials, meals and accommodations at the  Inn at Darden.

    By taking this course, you will earn two weeks of credit toward a Certificate in General Management.