Global Leader

Skills and Confidence for Managing Across Functions in a Global Context

Global Leader is a general management training program that can be adapted to your personal development needs and time frame. The program helps you to strengthen your strategic skills to manage interlinked functions especially in a multinational environment and learn more about different areas of business that impact your career potential.

Studying in the Global Leader program offers many benefits, not only for those who just wish to study in a compact and efficient general management program, but also for those who are planning to pursue future studies in our EMBA or MBA program. Global Leader has a very similar program structure, participant profile, and studying format to our MBA programs, and is often utilized as a springboard to MBA studies, especially Aalto EMBA studies.

Up to six Global Leader modules (27 ECTS credits) can be transferred from the Global Leader program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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The program is designed to enhance the participants’ personal skills and competencies as leaders and individuals. The modules also broaden understanding of key management issues, especially in an international business environment.

Enhance performance through improved strategic, financial, and marketing capabilities
Build a network and be engaged in a dialogue with international instructors and a peer group of experienced professionals – your fellow participants
Increase your ability to lead change effectively
Achieve strategic agility and new dynamic capabilities for your organization
Widen your global perspective by participating in optional study tours to Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge


The Global Leader program is designed for experienced business and team leaders who require the skills to manage global business operations across borders and functions.

It is also relevant for experts and specialists who aspire to build competencies and confidence in making strategic decisions.

Contents and Schedule

The program has a modular structure consisting of four core modules and two elective modules. Each of the core modules run once a year, you can start the program with any of the modules. Elective modules can be chosen from the electives in the Aalto EMBA and Aalto MBA programs. Each program module is worth 4.5 ECTS study credits.

The program is geared towards practical hands-on learning by using case studies and real-world exercises to complement theories. The instruction methods enable the integration of theory and practice. A typical learning module consists of pre- and post-assignments, lectures, discussions, case studies, and group work.

All Global Leader study modules can also be taken as stand-alone programs.

Program Structure

Pre-module period of 2-3 weeks

Individual preparation

Three-day module

Intensive contact learning session with instructor and peers

Post-module period

Take-home assignment

Core Modules

Elective Modules

As a full program participant of Global Leader, you may choose two elective modules from a large selection offered in the Global Leader, Aalto EMBA, and Aalto MBA programs. You can pick your favorites from a selection of more than 15 topics.


Professor Emeritus Esa Saarinen’s unique Self-Leadership module is the only elective module organized within the Global Leader program. The aim of this three-day private mental spa is to build long-term perspectives, success, and happiness in life and to grow as a human being.

The module draws from cutting edge research on optimal human functioning and happiness, but it is decidedly non-instructional, aiming primarily at facilitating personally relevant openings in the thinking of the participants by the participants themselves as individuals. Participants are offered a unique, intimate, and safe environment to deep dive into their own thoughts and take further steps on a journey of self-leadership through storytelling.


  • The module offers a respectful and dynamic platform to reflect on the bigger picture of your life, values, and innermost personal aspirations.  
  • We seek for long-term perspectives, success, and happiness in life, consciously setting aside the task-related performance mode in favor of deliberation and reflection.  
  • We build on the personal strengths of each individual respecting the specifics of each participant’s life, challenges, and possibilities.
  • Growing as a leader means first growing as a human being

Other elective modules available include, for example,

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • Managing Creativity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • international Study Tours and Aalto Executive Summits

Study Tours

A study tour normally involves a 4 or 5-day study period designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment. These tours have taken participants to locations such as New Haven and Boston in the USA. The study tour module program includes lectures by academics – in New Haven professors from Yale and in Boston professors from Harvard – typically related to the current topics of international corporate strategies, leadership, innovation, finance, and the characteristics of the local business environment. Time is also allocated for extracurricular activities to give participants an opportunity to network and meet with the local business community.

There is a separate registration process (limited seats available) and a separate fee for study tours.

Aalto Executive Summit

The Aalto Executive Summit brings together Aalto EMBA, Aalto MBA, and Global Leader participants and alumni from around the world. During one intensive week, you will study with highly renowned international guest speakers and faculty while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet business leaders and network with Summit participants. The Aalto Executive Summit location alternates between Helsinki and Singapore.

There is a separate registration process (limited seats available) and a separate fee for the Summit. 

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Global Leader program (six study modules) is € 14,400 (+ VAT).

The fee is invoiced in two installments.

All Global Leader modules can also be taken as three-day stand-alone programs for an individual fee of € 4,150 (+ VAT) each.

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.


Register for the whole program at the latest four weeks before your first module starts.

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Global Leader Stand-Alone Modules

You can choose to take the the full Global Leader program including all four core modules and the two elective modules of your choice, or register for individual stand-alone Global Leader modules.