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Leadership Accelerator

Next Session: March 15, 2024 | April 12, 2024 | May 10, 2024 (9:00-4:00 EST)

Reach Your Full Leadership Potential

Bentley's Leadership Accelerator is a personalized leadership intensive aimed at career professionals, executives, and senior leaders with a minimum of 10 years experience. The program consists of three different leadership assessments to determine your leadership style, three days of in-person classroom training to build on the findings, and four hours of one-on-one executive leadership coaching that provide individualized guidance and support. You'll emerge from the program with a detailed leadership plan and the skills and support to apply it in your existing and future roles.

Learn Your Leadership Style

You'll take three leadership assessments including Hogan Derailers, DISC, and Clifton Strength Finder to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and to help customize the program specifically for you.

Develop a Leadership Plan

Engaging interactive sessions that help you develop a personal leadership plan involving leadership dynamics, influence strategies, cohesive teamwork, collaborative excellence, adept navigation of change, fostering innovation, as well as proficient coaching and mentoring techniques.

Actualize Your Plan with One-on-one Coaching

Six hours of personalized, virtual executive coaching introduced during the program and running over a period of time to help participants fully benefit from the leadership assessments and classroom training, finalize their plan, and begin to put it into action. 

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Leadership Accelerator Faculty Director Paul Tesluk, PhD
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bentley University

"Effective leadership is crucial for motivating teams and retaining top talent, which are critical to your business."

"You'll gain deep insight into your leadership potential and develop strategies to inspire others."

Program Topics and Structure

Classroom Experience

Understanding Yourself and Leadership Style

  • Understand different leadership approaches
  • Review and interpret leadership assessments
  • Initiate leadership development plan with coach

Influencing Others

  • Identify and approaches to effective influence
  • Explore emotional intelligence, and effective communication styles to advance teams

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Develop skills to identify, analyze and leverage interpersonal strengths of teams
  • Explore elements of effective teamwork, and recognize and address symptoms of dysfunction

Leading Change and Innovation

  •  Enhance understanding of interactive planning through idealized design, the application of design thinking, and problem dissolution and improvement
  •  Apply a proven framework for leading effective change

Coaching and Mentoring Others

  • Develop strategies to effectively craft stretch assignments
  • Explore the importance of coaching and mentoring
  • Review and apply new lessons, review and wrap up leadership development plan including ways to continue new learnings for your organization

One-on-one Virtual Coaching

During and after the classroom sessions, you'll receive one-on-one coaching to further review concepts, to develop a personal leadership plan, and to begin implementing this plan in your current role. 

Who Should Attend?

High-potential, mid-career leaders (10 years of work experience) from all industries and functions who are seeking opportunities to accelerate their growth as a leader and increase contributions to their organization by scaling through others. The program is particularly well suited for leaders in a manager, director or similar roles as they prepare to move into greater levels of responsibility.

Program Requirements

Participants should have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience within a corporate or professional organization.

All participants are required to obtain agreement from their selected peers, direct reports, and supervisor to complete an assessment tool in advance of the program start. All results are kept confidential.

Why Bentley?

Proven Reputation

A history of educating and elevating business leaders who make an immediate and lasting impact across all industries.

Expert Faculty

World-class researchers in fields such as leadership, collaboration, change, innovation, creativity, and more.

Business Leadership

Bentley is at the forefront of the latest trends in business from our Gallup Business in Society Report to years of experience in the finance, technology, inclusion, and leadership spaces.

Paul Tesluk - Instructor, Executive Leadership Accelerator
Leadership Accelerator Faculty Director Paul Tesluk, PhD
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leadership Accelerator Faculty Director Paul Tesluk, PhD, is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Previously, he was dean of the University of Buffalo School of Management, where he was previously faculty and served as chair of the school’s Organization and Human Resources Department and founded and served as academic director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. His research and teaching focuses on the assessment and development of management and leadership talent and he is a national expert in leadership development, team design and effectiveness and organizational change. He serves as the Faculty Director for the Leadership Accelerator. Paul regularly teaches in several corporate development programs on topics involving leadership development, has extensive experience as an executive coach, and actively consults with organizations designing and implementing leadership development efforts. He will work with other faculty members and experienced leadership coaches to deliver the Leadership Accelerator program.

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Space is limited

Transcend Functional Expertise and Become a More Transformative Leader

Program Dates

Spring 2024: 

Friday, March 15, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Friday, April 12, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Friday, May 10, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Plus 4 virtual hours of executive leadership coaching within six months of class completion.


Fall 2024: 

Friday, October 4, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Friday, October 25, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Friday, November 15, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Plus 4 virtual hours of executive leadership coaching within six months of class completion.

Program Cost: $8,750

  • Program fee includes tuition, meals, lab fees and instructional materials.
  • Register 30+ days in advance to receive a 20% discount automatically.
  • Register 14 days in advance to receive a 10% discount automatically.
  • Bentley Alumni receive a 50% enrollment discount.

For information regarding the alumni discount, contact:

Bentley University Executive Education


Group Enrollment - 30% Discount

Empower your leaders to learn together and grow together. Bentley offers a special 30% group rate discount to companies that send five participants or more. 

Bentley Refund Policy

Bentley University will grant a full refund for cancellations received at least 30 days before the program start date. A 50% refund will be given for those cancellations made prior to fourteen days of the program start date. No refund will be granted for those cancellations received after that time.

Elevate your team's skills with personalized, on-site training aligned with your business objectives

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