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Global Business Strategy Leader (GBSL)

The Overview

Leading a business function, market, product category, or a department in business organizations today demands a direct connect with Business Strategy. The GBSL is that esteemed qualification that fits you best if you are in a leadership role; or are preparing for one; or may be eagerly competing for one.

This 4M-BSP synced high-level credential from The Strategy Institute validates best, your readiness for the most challenging of leadership roles, because as a GBSL certified professional, you are viewed as a complete, well-rounded leader-material, ready to hit the ground running. The GBSL is the most powerful stamp of your abilities to bring about change, and deliver long-term impact. You can register for GBSL anywhere you may be in the world. We cover 7500 locations today.

Global Business Strategy Leader


Pre-registrations are currently open for the spanking new GBSL version marked to the updated The Strategy Institute 4M-BSP Ver 16-2.3 launching December 20, 2017.

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GBSL Exam Fee: $ 750 USD

The Candidacy Tracks

GBSL Track

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become a GBSL. There are TWO convenient tracks covering leaders and senior managers from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn a GBSL!

  • GBSL Track 1
    Master's Degree/ Master's Level Diploma

    Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed a Graduate/ Master's Degree or Diploma qualification in Business/ Finance/ Management/ Accounting/ Economics or in any other business-related discipline at the time of applying for the program

    Minimum Work Experience
    Minimum 12 Years of formal exposure to leadership or senior managerial roles in any of the organized business/ enterprise functions including planning, marketing, finance, research, sales, human resource, or accounting etc.

  • GBSL Track 2

    Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed a Ph.D./ equivalent qualification in Business/ Finance/ Management/ Accounting/ Economics or in any other business/ management related discipline at the time of applying for the program

    Minimum Work Experience
    Minimum 8 Years of teaching/ training/ research experience in areas like planning, marketing, finance, economics, research, sales, human resource, or accounting etc.

Schedule Your The Strategy Institute Certification Exam

There are six distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a GBSL. Here's what these stages look like. Of course, we've just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.

All The Strategy Institute certifications mandate you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. The requirements for each certification is unique, so before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the GBSL certification, you wish to apply for.
It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling up your online application.

Once you have satisfied the GBSL eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Start the application process by creating your myTSI account. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment of the fee, you will immediately receive an acknowledgement response email with instructions for the next step in the assessment process.

An internal check is conducted to validate your credentials against the prescribed candidacy prerequisites for earning the GBSL certification.

Post your payment confirmation, you will receive your unit of the GBSL Certification Preparation Kit containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks.

Your exam window opens exactly 90 days after you have successfully registered with The Strategy Institute and paid your fee. You can prepare for and take your GBSL exams within the next 270 days in any of our authorized test centers nearest to you. The books included in the GBSL Certification Preparation Kit should help you brace up nicely for your GBSL Certification exam. Please read more about GBSL exams in the dedicated section on the subject.

If you qualify the GBSL certification exam and meet other conditions laid down by the Business Strategy Certifications Board (BSCB), you are recommended for the award of GBSL Credential and the GBSL Digital Badge is immediately issued to you. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the credential- award.

The Digitally Badged GBSL

Digitally badged by CredBadge, 4M-BSP synced high-level credential from The Strategy Institute, the GBSL Credential adds value to your profile, and broadens the avenues to acquire and demonstrate your readiness for the most challenging of leadership roles. Moreover, this digitally enriched certification hallmarks your knacks to bring about change, and convey enduring sway.

digital badge

Credential Maintenance & Renewal

Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your GBSL Credential every 5 years. When you renew, you show your continuing competence and commitment to the profession. The Strategy Institute will send you reminder emails for renewal of your credential or log into myAccount and register for GBSL renewal. In order to receive email reminders from The Strategy Institute, please make sure to keep your email address current. Please note that training is not mandatory for renewal and you only have to register and complete a short–duration online refresher learning program as per the latest 4M- BSP Body of Knowledge (The Strategy Institute’s Body of Knowledge) along with a small online assessment.

Renewing your GBSL™ Credential

  • Step 1. Apply for GBSL renewal by logging into myAccount on thestrategyinstituteorg.
  • Step 2. Pay your GBSL renewal fee online.
  • Step 3. Complete the prescribed online learning program & assessment.
  • Step 4. Receive instant confirmation for credential renewal.
  • Step 5. Get your renewed GBSL Credential certificate & a new digital badge.

GBSL Credential Renewal Policy – 2017

  • Life of the Credential (in years from the date of award)+
  • Standard Credential Renewal Duration+
  • Standard Credential Renewal Window+
  • Standard Credential Renewal Deadline+
  • Credential Renewal Convenience Period+
  • Credential Freeze and Suspension+
  • Credential Cancellation & Revival+
  • Validity of a Renewed Credential+

GBSL Renewal Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Renewal Categories Fees Deadline
GBSLR-1 Standard Renewal USD 200 Before the expiry of the credential validity
GBSLR-2 Renewal During The
Convenience Period
USD 250 Within maximum 60 days from the due date
GBSLR-3 Renewal/ Reactivation After Suspension USD 300 Within maximum 12 months from the date of suspension
GBSLR-4 Renewal/ Reactivation After Cancellation USD 350 Within 30 days from the date of cancellation
Credential Case

The GBSL Credential Case

Tailored in an exquisitely designed way, the sturdy credential case gives the applicants a drive to toil harder for qualifying The Strategy Institute exam. The GBSL Credential comes enclosed in an elite credential box, accompanied by a lapel pin in the form of a metal badge to exhibit the credential. The Strategy Institute Code of Ethics booklet, to be revered for lifetime, is positioned gracefully along with the rest, in the same credential box.



Pre-registrations are currently open for the spanking new GBSL version markedto the compliant to the
updated 4M-BSP Knowledge Grid Release 16.1.3. launching September 28, 2017.

Pre-Register Now