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Dec 8—13, 2019
6 days
Durham, North Carolina, USA
USD 11450
USD 1908 per day
Apr 19—24, 2020
6 days
Durham, North Carolina, United States
USD 11450
USD 1908 per day
May 31—Jun 5, 2020
6 days
Durham, North Carolina, United States
USD 11450
USD 1908 per day
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About the course

When you understand your own leadership style you help your team—and the entire organization—become more effective. Designed for professionals at all levels, the Duke Leadership Program draws on research in organizational behavior, sociology, psychology, and political science to support your individual development.

After going through our 360-degree assessment, you’ll explore the different ways you lead and identify individual challenges and opportunities. Throughout the program you’ll work one-on-one with an executive coach to interpret feedback and develop a customized plan to achieve your goals.


Individual Action Planning

Before starting the program, you’ll identify a set of colleagues to complete a survey which informs our 360-degree assessment of your leadership style. Along with information faculty gather directly from you, this data will become the foundation of your program experience, providing a framework to discuss your leadership style and identify your unique challenges and opportunities. Each day in the program you’ll meet with your assigned coach, a specialist in executive planning as well as the 360-degree leadership assessment. Together you’ll build a personalized action plan with short- and long-term objectives. You’ll create strategies for specific work situations, such as a new assignment or change initiative. You’ll also establish a behavioral plan for your long term leadership performance.

Six Domains of Leadership

The program’s intellectual foundation is the Six Domains of Leadership model, developed by professors Sim Sitkin and Allan Lind. This framework begins with your innate strengths, helps you understand how you are performing in different dimensions, and provides guidance on developing solid and enduring leadership behaviors. As you engage with each element, you’ll start to see the interplay between different domains and how you can build on them to become a more effective leader. The model addresses the full range of skills that are needed to exercise strong leadership and covers the breadth of different leadership scenarios, including:

  • Personal Leadership – Building a leadership persona from your personality and values
  • Relational Leadership – Forging sound relationships with those you lead
  • Contextual Leadership – Providing coherence and team identity
  • Supportive Leadership – Protecting your people
  • Inspirational Leadership – Motivating exceptional effort
  • Responsible Leadership – Ensuring your leadership is balanced and ethical
  • Configurational Leadership – Adapting your leadership style
  • Leading Change - Apply the leadership domains to the move from old to the new
  • Co-leadership – Sharing leadership authority

Program Objectives

The curriculum breaks down the act of leadership into easily digestible scenarios. Over 5 days you’ll learn how to:

  • Create and project your vision, values, and expertise
  • Make your leadership style more intentional and strategic—don’t rely on intuition alone
  • Build coherence by clarifying roles, rules, and processes
  • Serve as a source of optimism and enthusiasm while eliciting excellence and innovation
  • Provide the resources and support to encourage savvy risk taking
  • Infuse responsibility, ethical actions, and balance in an organizational setting
  • Recognize ways to lead effectively under a variety of conditions/circumstances
  • Lead during times of change
  • Leading your organization through the challenge of crises
  • Create an effective leadership team

Program Format

Prepare for a 5-day immersion in leadership development. Drawing insights from participants in different industries and functions, faculty engage you in lively debate and analysis. A combination of individual and team assignments ensure you can put what you’re learning into practice. Innovative exercises help you understand different concepts in a visceral way and create new dimensions in your learning. You’ll also spend significant one-on-one time with your leadership coach, working through feedback in your 360-degree personal assessment and developing an action plan.

Who should attend

The program is appropriate for anyone who leads and influences others in their work. Professionals who currently have or anticipate having leadership responsibilities, as either an executive or a manager, will gain the most from this curriculum.

Trust the experts

Allan Lind

Academic Area: Management and Organization Teaching / Research Interests Global Management, Distance Management, Virtual Teams, Ethics, Leadership, Organizational Justice Bio E. Allan Lind is the James L. Vincent Distinguished Professor of Leadership at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke Un...


Sim Sitkin

Academic Area: Management and Organization Teaching / Research Interests Leadership, Organizational Control, Trust in Organizations, Organizational Change, New Organizational Forms, Mergers and Acquisitions Bio Sim B Sitkin Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership Professor ...


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