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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Harvard Business Publishing Announces Breakthrough Leadership Program for Mid-Level Managers

Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning (, the premier source for leadership development solutions, programs and content, today announced Breakthrough Leadership, a new blended, cohort-based program designed to help organizations transform mid-level managers into more effective leaders.

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Breakthrough Leadership ( will provide an integrated, straightforward framework for managers to approach their roles, prioritize their actions, and deliver stronger and more effective results. The program will allow organizations to reach geographically dispersed leaders, connecting them throughout a learning journey. Through live virtual sessions, self-study and reflection, and work-based learning, managers will develop the mindset and skills they will need to become more effective leaders.

A Rich Learning Experience
Optimized for cohorts of 50, the program comprises six modules delivered over six months. The learning design of Breakthrough Leadership focuses on: learning by doing, learning through others, and personal reflection. Throughout the modules, learners interact with each other and the program content in several ways, including:
  • Self-paced individual study of online material and activities around key concepts;     
  • Self-rater assessments that help managers evaluate and track their behaviors across key points for the program;     
  • Online study-group discussions that connect the cohort to explore concepts and learn collaboratively;   
  • Live facilitated case discussions that bring the cohort together and help them apply what they’ve learned in the context of their organization; and,  
  • Predefined on-the-job activities that align with program content and drive business impact.

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More than 80 videos, featuring established leaders around the world telling their personal leadership stories, bring real-world insight to participants. The program also offers opportunities to provide context to connect the program experience with a specific organization’s goals, helping to drive application use, behavior change, and business impact.

Research-Based, Expert Voices
Breakthrough Leadership is based on research and work from Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill and former business executive Kent Lineback. Their framework outlines three imperatives every manager must follow to be a successful and effective leader: manage yourself, manage your network, and manage your team. Breakthrough Leadership brings Hill and Lineback direct to managers through video clips and vignettes throughout the program.

Breakthrough Leadership is currently piloting with several organizations and will be broadly available this spring. For more information on Breakthrough Leadership, visit:

About Harvard Business Publishing

Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning partners with clients to create world-class leadership development solutions for managers at all levels. We leverage the management insight, thought leadership, and expertise of Harvard Business School faculty and authors from Harvard Business Review to create tailored leadership development solutions. With more than 20 years of practical experience, our innovative, technology-enabled solutions drive meaningful and lasting business results. Corporate Learning is a market group within Harvard Business Publishing.

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Source: Bradenton Herald