Signature Programs

Signature Programs

Signature Programs

Unlocking leadership potential

Organizations and their leaders around the world are constantly pushed to transform themselves to keep up with the ever-changing external environment and the internal demands of different workforce demographics.

To prepare executives for these challenges, and enhance their capabilities to lead the organization successfully, McKinsey offers a variety of level-, context-, or role-specific leadership programs. These programs draw on our combination of industry and learning expertise and also on our networks, which bring together McKinsey experts, seasoned executives, and faculty from leading academic institutions to share the latest thinking, develop the necessary leadership skills, and facilitate peer learning.

To maximize peer learning, we strive to have a diverse group of participants in each program, and therefore, except for emerging executives’ programs, participation in the McKinsey Signature Leadership Programs is by invitation only. For more details on these programs and their availability, please get in touch with your McKinsey contact or send an email to

For CEOs and board directors

The opportunity to learn from peers and a seasoned CEO in such an intimate setting is truly unique.

Bower Forum participant

Bower Forum

This two-day workshop is a unique platform for a small group of CEOs or Chairpersons to discuss goals, challenges, and role-specific issues, while counseling and learning from one another.
Board Academy

Board Academy

This is a forum for a small group of selected non executive board directors to discuss the latest board-relevant insights and share personal experience on what it takes for board directors to succeed. We bring together influential leaders on governance and board effectiveness topics, including highly experienced board chairs and directors, to share their personal insights and expertise. The program can be complemented by relevant industry and functional (e.g., digital) modules.

For aspiring CEOs

I look forward to leveraging this new knowledge to help my organization transform further.

Leadership Forum participant
Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum

This forum prepares senior executives for the role of a CEO, sharpens their leadership skills, and builds cross-industry networks. It consists of a mix of plenary sessions and panel discussions led by a distinguished set of speakers ranging from current and former CEOs to expert academics. Participants engage in CEO agenda discussions on topics such as the global economic outlook, strategic moves for growth, building credibility with the board, leading organizational change, building top teams, and personal leadership.

For transitioning CxOs

Great dialog, ideas, and provocative discussion.

Immersion Sessions participant

Executive Transitions Master Class

This two-day program targets senior executives in the midst of a transition or promotion and prepares them for the challenges of their new role.
Immersion Sessions

Immersion Sessions

Immersions are customized sessions for executives and board directors who are new to their roles. They are run by top-flight faculty from our partners who share expertise on top-of-mind topics selected by CSTs and their clients.

For CxOs and their direct reports

In one word? Fantastic. It was like a light bulb going off for me.

Change Leaders Forum participant

Change Leaders Forum

This two-day workshop helps leaders identify the root causes of organizational inertia and provides them with proven tools to drive and sustain change in their organization.

Organizational Agility Forum

This interactive two day workshop is a unique opportunity for organizations on the verge or in the middle of an organizational re-design to discuss the latest thinking on this topic both with McKinsey experts and an exclusive group of peers.

Talent Leaders Forum

A new interactive working session to answer the question “How can the CHRO lead a holistic talent strategy that enables the organization to deliver value?”
Integration Leadership Forum

Integration Leadership Forum

Over the course of two days, executives learn how to take full advantage of a merger by maximizing value capture and accelerating long-term value creation, “Getting to Day 1” flawlessly, and retaining the best talent.

Executive Leadership Program

Developing the next generation of performance transformation leaders

Centered Leadership Program

Built on 15 years of applied research, this 3-day program helps executives gain personal agility and craft a leadership vision that is anchored in deeper self-awareness. Participants leave with a “mini-board” of peers and personal practices to sustain their learning.

Remarkable Women Program

The Remarkable Women Program, based on seven years of research on women as leaders, is a unique opportunity to build leadership capabilities and expand one’s performance range.

For emerging executives

No hyperbole—this course has been transformational for me.

McKinsey Management Program participant

McKinsey Management Program Digital Courses

This series of digital courses is designed to mold high-performing general managers. Courses center around crucial topics such as strategy, problem solving, communication, and team management.

Young Leaders Forum

For future leaders with approximately 7-12 years of work experience, we offer a two-day program that builds the necessary skills and insights to help them better lead themselves and their teams.

Booster Workshops

Our Booster Workshops help high-performing managers move from “good” to “great” and prepare for senior leadership roles.

Digital Academy

Digital Academy is designed to address the key challenges that organizations face when building digital capabilities and talent internally.

Lean Academy

A program that builds capabilities deep within organizations undergoing transformations to ensure immediate value capture while sustaining lasting improvements over time.

Sales Manager Academy

Sales Manager Academy is designed to help organizations transform their sales force by building critical capacities with frontline sales managers.

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