Aviation Leadership Development Program in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing (classroom)

About the course

3 modules to be completed in 4 months

Aviation Leadership Development Program in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing aviation training course

The IATA Aviation Leadership Development Program is offered in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing. This program is based on Harvard Business Publishing's Leadership Direct framework and is a real-time, cohort-based virtual learning workshop. The program encourages peer interaction and critical thinking through a blended curriculum that mixes content, live and virtual events, and collaboration on real-world business issues.

Delivered by established aviation experts, Harvard Business School faculty, and Harvard Business Publishing moderators, the Aviation Leadership Program uses Harvard Business Review articles and Harvard Business School case studies with real-world aviation industry application. The program uses a participant centered instructional methodology that encourages reflection, discussion and critical thinking. This method yields behavioral changes and tangible business and will empower participants to integrate leadership concepts into immediate practice.

IATA and Harvard Business School Publishing have also developed a 16-week blended-learning Foundations in Leadership Program, which has been structured to accommodate busy schedules. This program will help you develop a leadership mind-set and gain a management skill-set, combining self-study activities that can be done in your own time, at your own pace with collaborative activities such as live sessions allow you to participate in facilitated discussions with a moderator and your peers.

The program is limited to 50 participants to ensure maximum engagement.

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Course code: TAPH-79

Course format

  • This virtual course provides 48 hours of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor, aviation experts, Harvard Business School faculty, and Harvard Business Publishing moderators.
  • The program consists of 3 modules, each module with a duration of 4 weeks.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.


  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the salesperson in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you and your cohort will be able to:

  • Build general management capabilities and apply the leadership skills learned
  • Cultivate an effective peer network
  • Adopt a global mind-set conducive to collaboration and knowledge transfer
  • Apply the critical-thinking skills needed in today’s commercial aviation
  • Reduce travel expenses and out-of-office downtime

Course content

A new topic is covered each month and addresses the leadership challenges in aviation. The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Leadership and Influence
  • Operational Excellence
  • Global Mindset and Collaboration


  • Case studies
  • Self-study
  • Online discussions
  • Team activities

Who should attend

This program is designed for:

  • Senior managers with 10 or more years of relevant management experience
  • High-potential leaders who will transition into business leadership positions
  • Executives with significant responsibilities

Certificate awarded

An IATA – Harvard Business Publishing certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Additional content


Juan César Thomas Burgos, Director, Superior Academy of Aeronautical Sciences (ASCA), Dominican Republic
I think this program is a great tool for managers that really want to develop their leadership, and as a result improve the efficiency of their team. By guiding you through a knowledge of yourself and providing experiences and concepts, this program makes you reflect on the core aspects of being a leader and achieving your goals with the support of your team.

Deniz Oezol, Marketing Manager, Transverse Services, Marketing & Business Development, Airbus S.A.S.
The aviation industry is a highly dynamic landscape. It is consistently changing and consequently needs different ways of thinking and acting. The program teaches this in a flexible and international format combined with world-class academia and moderation.


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