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With every learning experience in the Ivey EMBA Program, you'll gain more than business education. You'll develop the ability to apply that knowledge in ways that drive your organization forward and demonstrate your enhanced leadership capabilities.

"Ivey radically advances your realization of what it takes to be a great leader, likely years beyond what it would take in a normal work environment to get there." [expand quote]

Duncan Fulton, EMBA ’13

Duncan Fulton, Ivey EMBA ’13

The Ivey Leadership Essentials

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Drawing on the vast experience of your classmates and faculty, the Ivey EMBA Program pushes you to develop and practice the skills that are essential for success. We call them the Ivey Leadership Essentials, and they're at the core of everything we do.

Execution of great ideas requires assigning the right tasks to the right people at the right time. Leadership demands that you are able to move beyond what you can achieve as an individual performer to mobilizing, coaching, and motivating the talent around you: in some cases, teams and team members around the globe. Much like the real world, you work in learning teams from day one in the Ivey EMBA Program. Quickly, you gain an appreciation of what it takes and what is possible when you transition talented individuals into high-performance teams.

In a learning environment that draws so much from the experience in the classroom, you need to be on your toes. Contributing to the discussion is expected, but more importantly, you need to be able to express your perspective clearly and be able to back it up confidently with sound analysis. It's not about being right; it's about communicating your position persuasively and effectively. And it's also about being open to new perspectives that you can use to build better ideas that your teams can really get behind.

Leadership in the real world is full of complexity. In today's global economy, that complexity increases exponentially as you take on more strategic roles. And you know that challenges don't arrive in tidy boxes labeled "marketing" or "finance," so we don't teach you how to approach them that way. Case-Method Learning requires you to develop the judgment of when to apply the knowledge you have and the new knowledge that you are developing in the program. Cases contain real information about real challenges - sometimes too much, sometimes too little - pushing you to uncover the critical details and move on to actionable solutions.

Time is always the one thing that we never seem to have enough of, but learning better ways to set and deliver on priorities can make all the difference in this daily pressure. Adding the Ivey EMBA to your schedule may not seem like a solution, but alumni consistently tell us that the experience made them significantly better at managing the demands of multiple tasks and conflicting priorities - both personal and professional. The pace of the program is demanding, but exhilarating. It will push you to make smart trade-offs with your time in ways that will stay with you long after the program ends.

Great leadership is ultimately about getting great results. And great results can only happen when leaders make informed decisions and translate those decisions into brilliantly executed plans. Case-Method Learning demands a bias for action. The foundation of every class revolves around the questions, "What would you do if faced with this challenge and why?" and "How would you make it happen?" You learn to make and defend decisions under pressure with often incomplete, conflicting or ambiguous information - just like real life. But through numerous case discussions, you will gain the confidence to make strategically calculated decisions in the face of uncertainty and lead execution plans that drive results.