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Great Leadership: Developing Practical Leadership Skills

November 3 - 4, 2014
NYU Campus, Greenwich Village
$3,400 (Accommodation not included)
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Do you wish to rise to the top and lead a large organization? Are you planning to become an entrepreneur and make your mark? Do you want to do good after doing well in your career and start your own philanthropic initiative? Do you wonder why some leaders succeed while others fail? Do you wish to analyze and understand your own potential for leadership?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, this program will benefit you. It is meant for those who wish to better understand and further develop their potential and propensity to lead others. The program is based on the premise that leadership is not a genetic inheritance. It’s a skill to acquire and master. A journey to commence and complete.This program will provide you a framework for that skill and a template for that journey.

As you rise in your career, you will need multiple and often conflicting constituencies on board to follow your vision. But if you don’t lead, others will not follow. This program will help you hone some of the essential self-reflective skills you need to give form and substance to such vision, including:

  1. Understanding what leadership is and is not
    By analyzing real life cases from diverse contexts, you will gain a more fine-tuned idea of the scope and limitations of leadership.
  2. Developing the skills needed to lead
    By understanding the conduct of actual leaders and analyzing the effectiveness of their conduct, you should be able to further develop the natural leadership skills you already possess and leverage them more effectively in complex organizational situations.
  3. Understanding your own mindscape as a leader
    Effective leadership requires awareness of one’s own assumptions, preferences and unconscious style of leadership. Through in-depth group discussion and self-assessments, you will identify, comprehend, and critique your own assumptions and attitudes towards leaders and leading.
  4. Developing a personal leadership plan
    By the end of this program, you will have gained substantial insight into how best to harness your natural inclinations to lead toward a more successful management of your current career path, perhaps even laying out a new one.

To achieve these objectives, we combine a variety of pedagogical approaches: lectures, group discussions, case analysis, videos, and self-assessments. Emphasis is placed on self-reflection and linking the concepts from the program to participants’ own objectives and development as leaders.

Program Benefits:

During this program participants will:

  • Acquire a pragmatic framework of the building blocks of leadership
  • Assess their leadership potentials and pitfalls based on this framework
  • Design a personal and actionable leadership road map to guide them through their career and life choices.

This program is eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE).  Please contact the NYU Stern Executive Education office for more information.

*Please note that the program is subject to be cancelled under unforeseeable circumstances.

Program Faculty

R. Kabaliswaran

Professor R. Kabaliswaran ('Kabi') is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business.  Professor Kabaliswaran is a specialist in leadership and organizational design. He has had a long and productive record consulting and offering workshops and seminars on leadership, strategy and structural aspects of managing large and complex organizations.  Professor Kabaliswaran received his Ph.D. in Management from NYU Stern School of Business.  Read his full bio

Program Participants

Who Should Attend:

This program is designed for those who wish to better understand and further develop their skills and propensity to lead others. Therefore it is appropriate for:

  • Individuals who are managing other people or teams
  • Individuals with significant leadership responsibilities
Program Agenda
Day One Day Two

Session 1

Introduction to Leadership Framework

Session 2

Leadership in Action: A Leader’s Story

Networking Reception

Session 3

Leaders and Followers

Session 4

Personal Plan for Developing
Leadership Skills

Program Conclusion and Evaluation


Program Session Details

Day 1

Session 1

Introduction to Leadership Framework

  • Introduction to the myth and reality of leadership
  • Dimensions of leadership: Definitions

Session 2
Leadership in Action: A Leader’s Story

  • Dynamics between leaders and followers
  • Dimensions of leadership: Self-Assessment Exercises
  • Leadership in action: A leader’s story

Networking Reception

Day 2

Session 3

Leaders and Followers

  • Leadership in action: Different leaders in different domains
  • Leadership life cycle
  • Dynamics between leaders and followers: Self-Assessment Exercises

Session 4
Personal Plan for Developing Leadership Skills

  • Perils of leadership
  • Potentials, pitfalls and plans: Personal leadership roadmap
  • Individual and team exercises and debrief
  • Learning to lead: Program summary and takeaways

Program Conclusion and Evaluation