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Executive MBA

Push your boundaries and your leadership to the next level

duration16 or 20 months
languageEnglish or Spanish
locationOnline & Madrid or 100% Madrid
intakeTwo intakes: September & April
MODE OF STUDYPart-time
FORMATBlended & In Person
duration16 or 20 months
languageEnglish or Spanish
locationOnline & Madrid or 100% Madrid
intakeTwo intakes: September & April
MODE OF STUDYPart-time
FORMATBlended & In Person

Maximize your impact ​

Even experienced professionals can struggle to make the impact they desire in the workplace. That’s because creating impact is dependent on a specific set of skills and behaviors. Experience, talent, know-how – none of these alone are enough to make things happen; at the highest levels of business, where the challenges are toughest and the competition fiercest, impact is about who you are, how you think and how you act.

At IE Business School, we’ll help you refine the skills you need to get things done. We’ll sharpen your problem-solving, critical reasoning and creative thinking skills, empowering you to find innovative solutions beyond the reach of others. We’ll hone your skills of influence and persuasion, so that you can build consensus and sell your ideas. We’ll help you perfect the skills you need to debate, negotiate and collaborate, enabling you to build stronger teams and unlock new pathways to progress. And we’ll arm you with the digital skills that are essential to modern business leaders, so that data becomes your primary vehicle for inspiration, justification and realization. In short, we’ll make you ready to thrive in a C-Suite environment.

You’ll get to fine tune your learnings by tackling real life scenarios in the safety of our lab environment. We’ll recreate situations from the business world that will put to the test the new mindsets, methods and behaviors that you’ve learned, allowing you to master the skills you need to become a high-impact leader.

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WHAT THE EXECUTIVE MBA CAN DO FOR YOU... ​

You’ve built your success on the skillset you’ve developed throughout your career. But in a rapidly changing business world, staying ahead of the curve means keeping those skills up to date, while adding ones that will futureproof your value to your company, your colleagues and the market.  ​

The Executive MBA focuses on the skills you’ll need for tomorrow’s business landscape. According to a recent World Economic Forum report, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills – as well as self-management tools such as active learning, resilience and stress tolerance – are the traits that will best position executives for the new world of work. That’s why the impact skills we teach focus on those behaviors, mindsets and working practices that will give you a competitive advantage at the highest levels.

​ ...AND FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER

A survey by McKinsey found that social, emotional and technological skills will become increasingly important in securing higher-wage opportunities, which is why the second part of our focus is ensuring our graduates are digital natives, versed in the use of technology and data to make better decisions, support their business cases and pitch their ideas.   ​

​The future is difficult to predict, but many experts believe the advance of digital technologies such as AI and automation will only increase the importance of creativity, empathy and emotional intelligence. These uniquely human skills will come at a premium, particularly when paired with the digital expertise that will be a prerequisite for the top positions. At IE Business School, we’ll help you evolve your skillset to ensure it remains just as valuable to your future success.

The three pillars of impact ​

Thinking Skills

As the business world evolves, so do the challenges you’ll face. We teach creative thinking skills so you’re equipped to deliver the innovative solutions others will look to you for. Similarly, we know that leadership is tackling the longstanding or seemingly intractable problems that no one else can solve. We teach critical, logical and analytical thinking so you’re ready when those challenges reach your desk. And we place you in scenarios that reflect the real world of business, so you can perfect the art of bringing a team together through empathy, negotiation and persuasion. We’ll help you hone your thinking skills so that an impact mindset becomes second nature.  ​

Behavioral Skills

How you deploy your emotional intelligence comes down to behavior. Success and failure are determined by how you interact with colleagues, how you handle conflicts and how you inspire others with your vision. Our curriculum is crafted to help you strengthen your behavioral fitness and awareness and place you in situations where you can put it to the test. We’ll help you learn the traits, mindsets and ways of working that make you a more positive, productive and effective leader in the workplace. ​

dIGITAL Skills

Data is at the heart of the digital revolution; being able to manipulate, analyze and visualize it is key to staying relevant in the world of business. As data-driven insight brings changes to everything from strategy to efficiency, those who know how to properly harness its power will be at the forefront of the next generation of leaders. At IE Business School, we’ll empower you to make data your ally in gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace. ​

The impact skills you’ll gain in this program​

leadership skills through self-awareness

Understanding yourself, your environment and how you’re perceived by colleagues is the basis for how you apply your leadership skills. Through a combination of hands-on workshops, simulations and challenging role-play scenarios, we’ll help you hone the key traits that make an effective and impactful leader – including problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, strategic thinking and decision-making, active listening, inspiring others, and more. ​

Results fueled by behavior

The second pillar of impact is behavioral. The outcomes you’re able to deliver are determined by the way you act and interact, so we focus on the skills that will enable you to get things done and work well with those around you. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the key behavioral impact skills, including effective negotiation, influencing, building trust, and communicating with confidence, and have the chance to apply them in real-world business scenarios throughout the program.​

Executive Leadership Bootcamp: from purpose to impact

Deadlines. Notifications. Alerts. Emails. In today’s always-on world, finding time to reflect, exercise and rejuvenate comes at a premium. Technology has unleashed incredible new ways to collaborate, co-study and co-work – but often in competitive environments where the pressure to perform can be overwhelming. Life moves faster than ever, and it’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting – and when you’re feeling stressed and stretched, it’s impossible to perform at your best.

Learning to live well in the modern world is a skill in itself. Understanding the strategies you can put in place to be happier, healthier, more present and more thoughtful are key to sustaining your physical and mental wellbeing – and keeping you at the top of your game.

The Executive Leadership Bootcamp provides you with essential insights in how to achieve this. An optional residential period held outside of Madrid, this transformational experience covers a wealth of topics including Leading Self Through Character Strengths, The Science of Attention, The Art of Habit Hacking, Nutrition and Performance, Self-awareness, and Subconscious Communication.

Living well is no longer an optional bonus – it’s the responsibility of every business leader to acquire and apply the knowledge and techniques that empower peak performance. The Executive Leadership Bootcamp will equip you with wellness skills you can use from day one – and carry with you throughout your personal and professional journey.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What networking opportunities are offered in the Executive MBA?

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The Executive MBA student body is drawn from a diverse, international community of professionals from an array of professional and cultural backgrounds. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students, faculty, and staff during the many events held on campus (and online), and by participating in the multitude of IE Clubs. In addition, the program’s optional residential weeks are designed to maximize your opportunity to connect with senior executives from around the world.

How can I expand my network after the program?

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After graduation, you’ll enjoy lifetime membership of our professional network of more than 70,000 alumni, as well as lifelong access to our Talent & Careers service. Our uniq ue and diverse global network connects academia with business to drive executive excellence.

Additionally, IE has 25+ International Offices around the globe tha t facilitate connections amongst the IE alumni network, thereby fostering a truly global support network.

How will the Executive MBA help me become a leader?

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The Executive MBA equips you with the skills, tools and behaviors needed at the highest levels of business, while giving you a C-Suite perspective on the key issues that matter to company leaders. Starting with the foundation of a company, you’ll work through practical case-studies, and simulations based on real-world situations, all designed to prepare you to be an impactful and effective leader. In addition, optional residential periods offer the ideal opportunity to hone your soft skills and develop your network of future leaders.

What support does IE Business School offer to entrepreneurs?

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Thanks to our unique entrepreneurial ecosystem, IE Business School stud ents and alumni have exclusive access to a wealth of resources and opportunities to help make their vision a reality.

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