Great leaders leave a legacy of great accomplishments, impacting their organizations and their people. While leaders begin by setting the direction and expectations, the bulk of their energies are devoted to aligning their organizations, developing and motivating their people, and managing performance.

Thunderbird School of Global Management's executive certificate in Leadership in Emerging Markets equips professionals with the skills to lead in dynamic environments — ones that often lack resources and role models. Leaders will emerge from this program reaping the unparalleled benefits and rewards that come with igniting change in their organizations and honing their leadership style and roadmap.

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Learning outcomes

  • Overcome emerging market hurdles in managing performance, driving accountability, leading, and motivating change.


  • Strengthen your ability to lead with limited resources.
  • Enhance your presence as an effective leader.
  • Create a personal development roadmap as a leader.

Who should attend?

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Executives in emerging market countries who are eager to improve their organizational impact.

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Professionals with responsibilities that include profit and loss oversight.

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Senior managers from all areas of the organization.


The program is designed to be fast-moving and highly interactive.  Participants will work closely with peers from other emerging markets and a wide array of industries.  

During the program the following themes and issues are addressed: 

Context setting

  • Understanding the pressures faced as a leader 
  • Review how context is changing and how these changes might differ for those in more developed markets

Inspiring action

  • Building greater organization agility
  • Motivating for performance and aligning rewards
  • Managing high and low performing employees
  • Effective coaching through feedback, conflict resolution, and communication

Leading change

  • Understanding the determinants of effective change
  • Helping employees see the need to change
  • Motivating change
  • Keys to maintaining momentum

Developing yourself

  • Building personal leadership credibility
  • Honing a leadership style
  • Mapping a future as a leader

On the final day of the program, sessions move off-site to the world-famous Sedona, Ariz.  In this outdoor context, participants will spend time focusing on personal development, ambitions, and plans. 


Registration Information

Certificate Type Cost Register
Leadership in Emerging Markets Executive Certificate $3,500 Register

Sedona Day Trip

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Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot. Surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.

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Program Schedule

December 4-7, 2023 | Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona

Monday, December 4
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Introduction
8:45 Seismic Shifts Facing Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow
10:00 Break
10:15 Building Leadership Credibility
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Leader Style and Presence
5:00 Debrief
5:30 End of Session
6:00 Group Dinner
Tuesday, December 5
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Motivating for Performance
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Delivering Feedback and Driving Accountability
5:00 Debrief
5:15 End of Session
  Free Evening
Wednesday, December 6
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Agile Leadership
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Leading Change Introduction
1:30 Change Pro Simulation
4:00 Team Presentations and Debrief
5:30 End of Session
  Free Evening
Thursday, December 7
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Becoming a More Effective Global Leader
10:00 Break
10:15 Becoming a More Effective Global Leader
11:00 Briefing: Taking Charge of Your Future
11:30 Bus to Sedona (lunch on bus)
1:30 Taking Charge of Your Future
  Walk and Talk (offsite location)
5:00 Check into Hotel
6:30 Closing Presentation and Graduation
  Certificates and Class Pictures
7:15 Closing Dinner


Why Thunderbird for Executive Education?

Thunderbird empowers global professionals to shape the changing landscapes impacting their enterprises by expanding and updating their future-ready skills and connecting them to a diverse network of global experts.

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