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Leadership Training For High Potentials

September 22 - 23, 2014
NYU Campus, Greenwich Village
$3,400 (Accommodation not included)
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Leadership is about change: being able to make things happen with, and through, other people.  Yet the world within which leaders operate is complex, dynamic, and unpredictable.  To be effective as a leader, one needs to understand that world (i.e., how things work within one’s organization and one’s industry) but also willing and able to challenge the status quo.  One needs to be able to articulate a compelling vision, but also to get that vision implemented.  One needs to be highly competent as an individual contributor, yet also highly effective in motivating and inspiring others.  In addition, leaders need to find the right balance between traditional top-down approaches to leading and collaborative/distributed approaches, and to work within a context that is less and less about control and formal authority and more and more about trust and informal influence. 

Such challenges, and how to successfully meet them, are the subject of this program.  We do not view leadership as solely the province of CEOs or individuals at the top of organizations or divisions.  We view leadership as a mindset, a set of behaviors, and a set of actions that can be carried out by individuals at many levels of an organization each and every day. Whether you are leading a division, leading a group or team, mentoring an associate, or dealing with clients, all of these situations require leadership skills, and mastering these skills will help you become more effective.

This program will introduce you to a variety of analytical frameworks related to leadership and will focus on how to apply those frameworks to analyze and address important leadership challenges.  It will also help you to better understand the context within which leaders typically operate, and help make you more conscious of the choices you make as a leader in an organization.

To achieve these objectives, we combine a variety of pedagogical approaches:  lectures, discussions, case analysis, short videos, and group exercises.  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:

  • Examine the meaning of leadership from multiple perspectives
  • Develop a framework for translating leadership into action
  • Learn about power and influence, collaboration, and networks
  • Discover how to effectively lead groups in organizations

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

Anat Lechner

Anat Lechner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. Professor Lechner's research focuses on how organizations can best structure to develop innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her current work looks at the complexities of managing high performance cross-functional teams, and the ways by which physical workplace environments enable organization members to cope with uncertainty, change and the demand for increased innovativeness. Read her full bio

Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison

Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison is the ITT Harold Geneen Professor in Creative Management and a Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. Her research focuses on how organizations can best leverage proactive energies of employees. She has studied a variety of ways in which employees take initiative at work, some reasons why employees are often afraid to speak up about problems and concerns, and how organizations can create climates more open to employee voice. Read her full bio

Program Participants

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals with high potential for leadership
  • Individuals who are managing other people or teams
  • Individuals with significant leadership responsibilities


Participant Testimonials:

"Leadership Training For High Potentials brought key principles such as 'sources of power,' 'the world is flat' and 'management politics' to life and provided relevant ways to apply them at work.  The enthusiastic participants in the program contributed fresh ideas to the discussion as well.  I'm looking forward to participating in more programs in the future."

- Michio Yamaki, Product Director, Marketing, Johnson & Johnson

"Leadership Training For High Potentials gave me the tools to become a better manager and helped me as I transitioned into a larger role within my organization. I also gained the vision I needed to be an effective part of our department's leadership team. I was impressed with the quality of the NYU Stern faculty and my peers in the program. This is a great program that I recommend to anyone looking for a short leadership program with maximum impact."

- Gary Pagano, Senior Director of Special Events, Viacom

"Leadership Training For High Potentials helped the members of my team develop a more global approach to management.  NYU Stern's impressive faculty and interactive teaching methodology provided the opportunity to practice skills and further gather feedback from their peers in the program.  As a result, my team can better address management objectives through more effective communication."

- Anthony Rossabi, Vice President, Global Carrier Solutions, Tata Communications

Program Agenda
Day One Day Two

Session 1

A Model of Leadership
for the 21st Century

Session 2

From Vision to Action:  Driving Change in Complex Organizations

Networking Reception

Session 3

Leadership in the Context of Complexity and Change

Session 4

Adaptive and Shared Leadership in Action

Program Conclusion and Evaluation


Program Session Details

Day 1

Session 1

A Model of Leadership for the 21st Century

  • What is leadership and what it takes to be successful
  • Moving from a management to a leadership mindset
  • Core principles and practices 

Session 2
From Vision to Action:  Driving Change in Complex Organizations

  • Power, influence, & persuasion
  • Developing social capital and trust
  • Leading large-scale change

Networking Reception

Day 2

Session 3

Leadership in the Context of Complexity and Change

  • Emotional intelligence as a foundation for leadership
  • Leadership as a collective endeavor
  • Moving from “command and control” to “connect and collaborate”

Session 4
Adaptive and Shared Leadership in Action

  • Building and leading effective teams
  • Finding balance between autocratic and participative models
  • Making empowerment work

Program Conclusion and Evaluation