Today’s best leaders are authentic leaders— people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and shareholders. In this program, developed by leadership visionary Bill George and HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, you’ll uncover the unique characteristics that comprise your authentic leadership—enabling you to become the type of leader you most admire.

Rather than offering leadership tools and tips, Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) focuses on your personal leadership development. HBS professors and top leadership experts will guide you through a profoundly personal exploration, during which you’ll design a leadership approach driven by your most deeply held values.

As recent events in the business world have highlighted, companies need leaders who exhibit high standards of integrity, take responsibility for their actions, and are guided by enduring principles rather than short-term expedience. Such leaders are in short supply, however. According to the latest research, today’s best leaders are authentic leaders—people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and shareholders. Each person’s inner compass is different—it is built on each individual’s personal life experience: the successes and failures that shape one’s values, passions, and vision.

Authentic leadership can be learned. As today’s companies work to build the next generation of business executives, they will succeed by developing outstanding leaders who empower leaders at all levels throughout their organizations. The key to these leaders’ success is developing self-awareness and emotional intelligence, both of which are goals of ALD.